Shuck your way through the best oyster bars around Australia!
New South Wales:
Shoal Bay Country Club
Boasting their exquisite ocean views, recently refurbished Shoal Bay Country Club is the perfect venue for the freshest locally sourced seafood, invigorating cocktails and of course their whimsical views. Sitting just streets away from Tomaree National Park, Shoal Bay Country Club knows how to cater for all of its guests. Pair your oysters with an Elderflower Collins infused with Tanqueray Gin and apple.
The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room
Located in heritage listed, Johnson’s Building in the heart of Sydney, The Morrison Bar and Oyster Room is the go-to for a freshly shucked oyster. Stocking over 30 Australian oyster varieties, The Morrison takes pride in supporting their local suppliers and farmers; especially with a menu designed by Internationally awarded Culinary Director Chef Sean Connolly. Definitely couple your oyster with a Sloe Parade from their Signature Cocktail menu.
The Boathouse Blackwattle Bay
Sitting on Blackwattle Bay overlooking Anzac Bridge, The Boathouse is a go-to for any Sydneysider – regardless of the occasion. Sourcing only local fish and seafood, oysters are in no doubt their expertise. With the menu changing daily based off using only the freshest, seasonal produce available, there’s no doubt that guests will be able to taste the difference. Team your oysters with a Cucumber Rickey.
Panama Dining Room and Bar
Surrounded by lush, bright greenery and overlooking Smith Street in Fitzroy, Panama Dining Room and Bar is the perfect hideaway for any Melbournian finishing the day off with a delicious cocktail and of course venturing in for their daily ‘Mother Shucker’ oyster happy hour. For an all round fresh ocean taste, an Ocean Martini topped with Dasher + Fisher Ocean Gin will go swimmingly well with half a dozen of oysters.
Located in one of Melbourne’s fashion and art districts, Cumulus Inc. is the perfect combination of food meets art and fashion. Delicately configured and served on a plate, Cumulus Inc. since its opening in 2008 has been one of Melbourne’s most sought after restaurants for the freshest seafood available on the market. With everything from raw and cured, to salads, cheese platters and of course dessert. Pair with a NV Delamere from Pipers Brook in Tasmania.
Hallam’s Seafood Restaurant
Sitting on the bank of River Tamar and just a stroll away from Launceston’s Royal Park is Hallam’s Seafood Restaurant. Serving an extensive range of locally sourced seafood, guests will surely fall in love with Hallam’s menu with of course a dash of their picturesque views. The waterfront venue opened early 1996 and since then they’ve managed to befriend local farmers and sustainable fisheries that circle the Tasmanian waters. Shake up your visit up with a Dirty Martini topped with Bombay gin, vermouth and olive brine.
The Drunken Admiral
Winning Tasmanian Hospitality Awards for the Best Seafood Restaurant in 2012, The Drunken Admiral is destined to be a jolly good time. Dowsed with nautical décor and sitting on the bank of River Derwent, The Drunken Admiral serves only freshly shucked Tasmanian oysters with a range of toppings. Choosing your oysters will definitely be the hardest decision; whether it is traditional, kamikaze, Kilpatrick or even with a Bloody Mary shooter – you’ll want them all.
Rockwall Bar and Grill
Just a step away from Salamanca Lawns is renowned Rockwall Bar and Grill – sitting in Hobart’s dining precinct. Lined in sandstone walls and featuring a back rock feature wall; Rockwall appreciates its nature-inspired décor and fresh, locally produced food. Their specialty is of course the oysters and other seafood sourced from nearby Bruny Island. Pair your oysters with Rockwall’s famous Barassi steak that’s compressed with blue cheese.
Located in Adelaide Casino, Sean’s Kitchen is one of South Australia’s leading restaurants. Named after Head Chef, Sean Connolly; Sean has an extensive background in the dining world. Offering various dining experiences; whether it is their Chef’s Table, private mezzanine level or simply just a drink by the bar – Sean’s Kitchen has it all. Oysters are sourced from South Australia aquacultures such as Coffin Bay, Smoky Bay and Cowell. Pair your dozen with a Japanese Slipper.
2K.W. Bar and Restaurant
Stretched out on King William Street in the heart of Adelaide is 2K.W. Bar and Restaurant. Awarded with 2018’s Certificate of Excellence, the venue is the perfect getaway for an after work cocktail or simply a heavenly meal. Filled with a bar, a terrace area and a garden perched over King William Street, 2K.W. is bound to draw you in. Only supplying the freshest and locally sourced oysters from South Australia that are shucked upon request. Pair with a Botanic Garden that’s topped with vermouth, prosecco and cucumber.
Sitting next door to the Museum of Perth and located in the Lawson building, Balthazar is an intimate, modern Australian restaurant. With their very own cellar door offering takeaway wine, a wine bar and private rooms for functions; Balthazar will be any food and wine lovers haven. With an overly extensive wine list, the team behind Balthazar are the finest wine connoisseurs within Western Australia and thankfully will help you pair the perfect glass of red or white with your oyster!
The Boatshed Restaurant
Sitting on the bank of the Swan River, The Boatshed Restaurant offers guests tantalizing 180-degree views of nearby Perth City and Kings Park. With the city playing as the perfect backdrop, regardless of the reason for the visit the panoramic views will surely have you bewitched. Pair your freshly shucked oysters with Charles Pelletier Blanc de Blanc (Burgundy, France) and The Boatshed’s Campari and orange cured Tasmanian salmon.
The Apple Daily
Found within the walls of Perth’s Print Hall, The Apple Daily definitely lives up to its title of the best Asian restaurant within the CBD. Named after a Hong Kong daily newspaper, the restaurant surely does fit the history of Print hall (former print house). Apart from the honorable food menu, The Apple Daily specialises in housing Taiwanese whisky, sake and house-made liquor. If oysters aren’t of first preference, definitely try the grilled Linley valley pork spare ribs with tamarind, lime and chili then head over to Bobs Bar.
Sitting in the cove north of Frances Bay, CHOW is a casual dining scene serving the freshest, spice infused South East Asian cuisine. With everything from pork pancakes, to sugar cane prawns, paw paw salad, lamb korma and even a caramelized fish clay pot. Of course, the locally sourced oysters are shucked upon request and will go swimmingly with a Metropolitan cocktail filled with vodka, lemongrass, lychee and fresh lemon served in a lychee ice sphere.
The Pearl and Co Darwin
Found within the historical Vic Hotel and Courtyard, The Pearl and Co Darwin is a sanctuary for locals wanting only the freshest seafood and the heartiest steaks. Ironic to its name, The Pearl and Co Darwin serves legendary oysters amongst their lengthy menu that runs from breakfast through to dinner. Pair your oysters with their Seared Scallops with lup cheung, XO sauce and apple pickle.
If there are two things Shucks Bar knows how to do, it’s serving up the freshest seafood and two, shucking only the best oysters available. Sitting on Manly’s Esplanade and overlooking Manly Boat Harbour, Shucks Bar takes pride in only serving the best, daily delivered produce to its guests. Whether you like it raw and straight from the ocean or topped with the best flavours – Shucks Bar has it all. We guarantee you’ll be hooked!
Towering over Brisbane River is Blackbird, one of Brisbane’s finest restaurant and bar all in one. Featuring 180-degree views of the iconic river below, guests will always find a reason to return. With intimate dining experiences, a roaring 20’s decorated bar and of course the intricate cocktails and food. Pair your Clair De Lune with a Yuzu Mule with filled with Belvedere vodka, lemoncello, lime, caramelized pineapple and ginger syrup.
Washing up on Burleigh Heads Beach shoreline is The Fishhouse. With iconic oceans views of the Gold Coast from every angle inside, The Fishhouse is perfect for any occasion where the best seafood is wanted. With their menu changing daily based off seasonal produce delivered, The Fishhouse is guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful. Pair your Moonlight Flats oysters with a glass of Josef Chromy Cuvée Brut.
Serving suggestion: squeeze some lemon juice over your shucked oysters, consume and then take a shot of Ouzo.