Hump Day Happy Hour: Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar mosaic
1. Upstate Craft Beer & Happy Hour sign, 2. Upstate Craft Beer & Happy Hour, 3. oysters & beer, 4. Upstate Craft Beer & Happy Hour taps

The Deal:

$12 for a beer & six oysters from 5-7 pm every day (closed on Mondays).

What We Drank & Ate:

We each had a beer and six oysters.  I chose the Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk Stout with 3 Mobjack and 3 Beaver Tail oysters.  Chris Cuzme had the Southampton Keller Pils, 1 Malpeque, 1 Mobjack, 2 Marin Miyagis and 2 Elkorn oysters.

Upstate guest check
yes, this is a faux receipt

Summary:

The bartenders: Extremely nice.  Both owners were there as well as a bartender and all were very helpful – excellent service all around.

The music: low volume mix of mostly alternative

The crowd/atmosphere: About a quarter full when we walked in around 6:15 on a Tuesday and almost to capacity when we walked out around 7:15.  Low-key diverse crowd – lots of couples, some singles and one family.  The room is lovely – a deep rectangle with a brick wall to the left and a wood wall on the right, a black & white tile floor and vintage fans on the ceiling.  A sanctuary from the city with a laid-back, timeless feel.

Overall: Super sweet deal.  The Keegan and the Southampton are normally $6 and the oysters range from $2 to $2.75 each.  Our bill would have been $43.25 (before tax) without the happy hour deal, so we saved an impressive 45% off of our bill.  There are eight tap lines that rotate frequently.  There were 19 oyster varieties available on our visit and the oysters we chose were extremely fresh and clean. The owners were very congenial, passing out free samples of beer (without being requested) and free samples of whiskey cake after our oysters.  We weren’t able to stay for dinner but are planning to go back very soon – the menu and dishes that passed by us looked delicious.  A highly recommended craft beer happy hour for oyster lovers.

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

95 1st Ave, b/w 5th & 6th St
New York, NY 10003
917-408-3395
Tues-Sun: open at 5 pm
nearest subways: F to 2nd Ave or 6 to Astor or R/N to 8th St

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