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Local Charleston Spots for Oyster Shooters

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Oyster fans have plenty to celebrate in Charleston, with ample downtown dining establishments offering all imaginable preparations, from raw, steamed, fried, and all in between. But serious shuckers that like a little kick with their bivalves will be on the hunt for oyster shooters – our favorite way of kicking back this famed aphrodisiac with a shot of booze to get the evening started right. Curious where you can find some of the most bangin’ oyster shooters around Charleston? Read on for our list!


167 Raw – The vibrant green shot that comes with your freshly-shucked oyster is a refreshing change from the usually tomato-based oyster shooter you can find elsewhere. Don’t forget to snap a pic for the ‘gram!

Pearlz – A classic downtown spot for oyster shooters, the Pearlz shooter features pepper vodka based laced with spicy cocktail sauce. This shooter’s got a firey kick that’ll wake up the tastebuds. Great for kicking a night on the town into action!

O-Bar at Oyster House – This cozy-casual French Quarter spot offers it’s fresh oysters with a house vodka and spicy shooter sauce. Their shooter pairs beautifully with their praline hushpuppies and fried cheese fritters!

Nico – Nico’s adorably-named “Tipsy Oyster” is served with two locally-made specialties: Firefly vodka and Charleston Bloody Mary Mix. Try some of their excellent roasted oysters while you’re at it, alongside a glass of bubbly!

Darling Oyster Bar – Crafted with their own house-made mix and pepper-infused vodka, this spicy little shooter satisfies and makes a perfect start to a brunch laden with other delights like shrimp and grits and delicious, meaty crab cakes.


Curious about other interesting libations around the Holy City? Take our Upper King Street tour to hear about what the cool kids are drinking (and eating) around town these days!

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