Washington, D.C.: HANK’S OYSTER BAR
633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE; hanksoysterbar.com
This breezy seafood spot (the newest outpost of a D.C.-area standby) serves thirsty politicos from one of Capitol Hill’s best craft beer programs, featuring a curated list of 50-plus bottles along with a small selection of drafts. The daily rotation of six oysters—three East Coast and three West Coast varieties—can be slurped right off the half-shell or bathed in a bracing sake shot. The beer list is ever evolving, but look for a range of large-format brews from house favorite Evil Twin, including collabs with Baltimore outfit Stillwater. Pop in from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday for $1.25 house-selected oysters and $4 and $5 beer specials.
San Diego: IRONSIDE FISH & OYSTER
1654 India St.; ironsidefishandoyster.com
Prepare to eat with your eyes: This former warehouse in San Diego’s Little Italy neighborhood offers up a visual banquet of quirky nautical touches, like mermaid light fixtures and a wall of piranha skulls. Just don’t forget to leave room for the local-leaning roster of 15 rotating drafts, not to mention acclaimed chef Jason McLeod’s casually elegant take on the fruits of the sea. Enjoy the creamy texture and supercharged carbonation of Plenty for All, a California Common from Fall Brewing. Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., diners can down $1 Ironside Selects, mild, sweet oysters raised by Washington’s Minterbrook Oyster Company.
Boston: ROW 34
383 Congress St.; row34.com
Bivalve-loving brew geeks, take note: South Boston’s self-professed workingman’s oyster bar is your mecca. Pull up a chair in the lofty, industrial-chic dining room and prepare to bliss out over an extensive oyster list that favors Cape growers and a serious beer program featuring two dozen drafts and twice as many bottles. Beer director Megan Parker-Gray steers diners toward the fluctuating lineup of sours, both foreign and domestic, calling their nuanced brightness a great match for seafood. Sorry, no happy hour here—but with a beer list like Parker-Gray’s to explore, you might find yourself ecstatic all the same.
New York City: UPSTATE OYSTER BAR
95 1st Ave.; upstatenyc.com
The snug dining room at this East Village spot is done up in warm wood sourced from owner Shane Covey’s hometown in—you guessed it—upstate New York. Eight handles showcase craft beers from around the state; pick your favorite and the kitchen will steam clams or mussels in it. Sip on the latest offering from Oceanside, NY’s Barrier, one of Covey’s favorite breweries. From 5 to 7 p.m. each day, 12 bucks will buy you six house-selected oysters and a beer of your choice.