July 20th, 2011: The Oyster House Saloon

WEDNESDAY, July 20th, 2011

The Oyster House Saloon
12446 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91604
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Proudly proclaiming itself as the "Best Seafood in L.A." without citation, and most frequently listed under "Seafood" rather than "Bar", the Oyster House Saloon is, secretly, a top-tier dive bar that also happens to offer a 1/2 dozen oysters for $5. An inquiry with the bartender, who then shouted the inquiry to the chef (the kitchen is crammed into the far end of the bar), determined that these oysters arrive frozen and pre-shucked, ensuring the highest quality and none of the health risks associated with fresh oysters. A Sam Adams seasonal was also $5, so we stuck with that.

With the exception of the tiny kitchen, a couple friendly waitresses buzzing about, and a few tables of old-timers slurping down giant bowls of linguini and clams for $17.95 (for Dive-priced eats look elsewhere, or choose carefully from the extensive menu, and bear in mind that a complimentary shot of peach vodka is included with your bill), everything about the Oyster House is classic dive bar. Drinks are exceptionally stiff and reasonably priced, and served at either the long inside bar, or the outdoor "beach" bar patio. Both areas get rowdy and wild as the night progresses, but the rowdiness is made endearing by the bar’s median age of 67.

As usual, the casual debauchery starts around 9PM and gets really interesting by 10:00, but in this case things will also get really interesting around 8PM for any brave souls who show up early for the seafood dinner. Come for one drink, or stay for one too many. Bring anyone and everyone, and join us for a great time in the middle of the week. If you arrive early or late, look for the people having a damn good time (it’ll be us), or start having a damn good time on your own (we’ll find you).

Carpe Drink’em!

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