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Ball Out On A Budget With 6 Boujee Cheap Oyster Nights Across Melbourne

By Urban List Writers
8th Apr 2022

When you’re driving down the road and you see a sign saying ‘Cheap Seafood’, you usually keep right on driving. Seafood is one of those things where cheaper isn’t necessarily better.

On the other hand, we’re suckers for a good oyster party. There are plenty of great venues in Melbourne—places whose seafood quality you can trust—that’ll shuck you salty rock oysters for $2 a pop. Fresh squeeze of lemon, little squirt of Tabasco, happy days. You can sit there for hours, pounding oysters like nobody’s watching. We’ve rounded up all the best places to find cheap oysters in Melbourne for 2021 . Intestinal happiness pretty much guaranteed.

Hemingway’s Wine Room | $2

Hemingway’s was inspired by the 1920s brasseries of New York and Paris, so you know they take their oysters pretty seriously. The guys here run Oyster + Champagne every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 5:30pm to 6p:30m; that’s $2 a shell, for those playing at home. You can also get a glass of Imada ‘Seaside Sparkling’ sake for $13—this stuff was bottled to match with oysters from Japan’s best oyster region, Hiroshima.

Hemingway's Wine Room reopens from Tuesday 18 January.

Philippe | $2

An underrated French gem in the middle of the CBD. And they do cheap oysters. What’s not to like? Sit yourself up at the bar in Philippe (you’ll find it just off Collins St, near George Parade) and enjoy freshly shucked $2 oysters—all day, every day. For an extra kick, order them Philippe Mouchel-style: with shallots, vinegar and a squeeze of lemon.

Philippe reopens Tuesday 18 January following the summer break.

Aptus Seafood

South Melbourne

Brave the crowds on a Saturday morning at the South Melbourne Markets and you’ll find oysters under $2 each at Aptus Seafood. George, the owner and a second-generation fishmonger, shucks the oysters right in front of you and can guide you through the delicate flavours. You can also head online and order 12 for $20.

Pontoon | $2

St Kilda

The start of any working week can be rough, which is why Pontoon is offering freshly shucked Oysters for $2 every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Watch the sunset over the beach while slurping down on all the oysters you’ve ever wanted. 

Melbourne Public | $2

South Wharf 

What’s better than happy hour drinks? Happy hour drinks mixed with happy hour oysters. Melbourne Public is serving up $2 natural and Kilpatrick oysters every Friday between 4pm and 7pm. You can also wash them down with $10 espresso martinis, cosmopolitans and gin and tonics.

Claypots Seafood Bar | $2

St Kilda

Claypots is one of St Kilda’s best-kept secrets, and the New Orleans style restaurant is serving up Oysters for $2.50, all day every day. There’s live jazz on Sundays and some of the best Paella in town…after you’ve had your oysters of course. 

The Bleakhouse Hotel | $2

Albert Park

For over a century, The Bleakhouse Hotel has stood looking out over Port Phillip Bay. The venue, which was recently renovated, is now serving $2 Oysters alongside $30 cocktail jugs, every Friday.

Imbue | $1

Imbue in Maribyrnong are still rocking their $1 Oyster Tuesdays. We’re talking fresh pacific oysters. Sometimes the shells are on the small side, but hey, it’s $1 you cheapskate. Imbue also includes a selection of vinaigrettes and sauces on the side. This deal usually gets slurped up pretty fast: it runs every Tuesday from 5pm until 9:30pm (or sold out). Bookings are a must, and there's a $30 spend minimum per person—so grab a glass of something light and bright to go with those shuckers.

 

Prefer your Oysters at your place? Check out the best oyster delivery services here

Did we miss any? Send us your cheap oyster suggestions and we’ll update the list.

Image credit: Tommaso Cantelli

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