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Sake oyster shooter at Hank's Oyster Bar
Sake oyster shooter at Hank's Oyster Bar
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Shake Up the Seafood Routine with These Oyster Shooters

Oysters and booze in a single gulp. Does it get better?

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Oysters and alcohol are a natural pairing. They make for a luxurious combination with champagne, and pair well with the white wines grown in the oyster shell-rich Loire Valley. So why not put them together in an oyster shooter?

The traditional oyster shooter features vodka and a dash of Tabasco and/or lemon juice. The next most common options is not a big departure from the usual cocktail sauce in the form of a Bloody Mary shooter.

At raw bars all over town bartenders are adding cocktails to the briny delicacies on the half shell. With takes on classic shots to classic cocktails, shooters are getting more exciting. Find them at seafood-focused restaurants like Hank's Oyster Bar and Brine, or in less intuitive locations like Founding Farmers. Some places, like Eat the Rich and Rappahannock Oyster Bar, even have multiple varieties from which to choose.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Catch 15

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1518 K St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 969-2858
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At Catch 15, choose from a shooter with peppered or citrus vodka.

2. Eat The Rich

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1839 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 316-9396
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There are five oyster shooter options at Eat the Rich using different varieties of oyster, and based on classic cocktails or shots. There's the Chessie with vodka and clamato, Oyster Back with rye and pickle juice, The Potomac Pastry War with mezcal and pineapple shrub, Oyster in the Afternoon with Herbsaint, lemon cordial and bubbles, and the G&O Canal with gin and grapefruit cordial.
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3. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 462-4265
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The $4 sake oyster shooters at the three Hank's locations feature sake mixed with Bloody Mary mix containing Old Bay, Tabasco, and horseradish.

4. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 347-4800
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Old Ebbitt Grill keeps it traditional with a shooter of Absolut Peppar, horseradish and cocktail sauce.

5. PassionFish Bethesda

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7187 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20815
(301) 358-6116
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At Passionfish order a trio of Bloody Mary shooters with vodka and spiced celery salt.

6. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 544-4702
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Choose from three different shooter options. The basic Rappahannock features vodka and a mignonette; the Stingray has a sweet tinge with gin, honey, rosemary, and lime; and the Olde Salt takes on classic tequila mixers with orange, grapefruit, grenadine, and chili.

7. Senart's Oyster & Chop House

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520 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-1168
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Senart's has three options for shooters. The Hair of the Dog is the traditional with horseradish-infused vodka and Bloody Mary mix. The Baltimore Bomb uses Pabst Blue Ribbon and cocktail sauce, while the Tequila Shooter uses serrano-infused silver tequila and lime juice.

8. The Grilled Oyster Company

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3701 Newark St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
During happy hour, the shooters at Grilled Oyster Company are $5. They feature Absolut Citron and cocktail sauce.

9. Brine

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-1000
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The Brine oyster shooter keeps it pretty traditional with vodka, lemon, Bloody Mary mix, and the house hot sauce.

10. Founding Farmers Tysons Corner

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1800 Tysons Blvd
Tysons, VA 22102
(703) 442-8783
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Head to the Tysons location of Founding Farmers for a shooter with spicy tomato, pilsner, blood orange, and vodka.

11. Union Street Public House

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121 S Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1785
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Union Street Public House features a traditional oyster shooter with vodka and Tabasco.

12. Pennsylvania 6 DC

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1350 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 796-1600
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During happy hour, $5 oyster shooters are on offer along with $1 oysters on the half shell.

13. Grillfish

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1200 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-7310
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Find oyster shooters at this seafood restaurant for $8 during their Shellfish Saturdays promotion.
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14. BLT Steak

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1625 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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Find shooters made with tomato water and bacon-infused vodka at the bar at BLT.

1. Catch 15

1518 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
At Catch 15, choose from a shooter with peppered or citrus vodka.
1518 K St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

2. Eat The Rich

1839 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Gerry Suchy
There are five oyster shooter options at Eat the Rich using different varieties of oyster, and based on classic cocktails or shots. There's the Chessie with vodka and clamato, Oyster Back with rye and pickle juice, The Potomac Pastry War with mezcal and pineapple shrub, Oyster in the Afternoon with Herbsaint, lemon cordial and bubbles, and the G&O Canal with gin and grapefruit cordial.
1839 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
The $4 sake oyster shooters at the three Hank's locations feature sake mixed with Bloody Mary mix containing Old Bay, Tabasco, and horseradish.
1624 Q St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Old Ebbitt Grill keeps it traditional with a shooter of Absolut Peppar, horseradish and cocktail sauce.
675 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

5. PassionFish Bethesda

7187 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20815
At Passionfish order a trio of Bloody Mary shooters with vodka and spiced celery salt.
7187 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20815

6. Rappahannock Oyster Bar

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Choose from three different shooter options. The basic Rappahannock features vodka and a mignonette; the Stingray has a sweet tinge with gin, honey, rosemary, and lime; and the Olde Salt takes on classic tequila mixers with orange, grapefruit, grenadine, and chili.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

7. Senart's Oyster & Chop House

520 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Senart's has three options for shooters. The Hair of the Dog is the traditional with horseradish-infused vodka and Bloody Mary mix. The Baltimore Bomb uses Pabst Blue Ribbon and cocktail sauce, while the Tequila Shooter uses serrano-infused silver tequila and lime juice.
520 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

8. The Grilled Oyster Company

3701 Newark St NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
During happy hour, the shooters at Grilled Oyster Company are $5. They feature Absolut Citron and cocktail sauce.
3701 Newark St NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

9. Brine

2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
The Brine oyster shooter keeps it pretty traditional with vodka, lemon, Bloody Mary mix, and the house hot sauce.
2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031

10. Founding Farmers Tysons Corner

1800 Tysons Blvd, Tysons, VA 22102
Head to the Tysons location of Founding Farmers for a shooter with spicy tomato, pilsner, blood orange, and vodka.
1800 Tysons Blvd
Tysons, VA 22102

11. Union Street Public House

121 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Union Street Public House features a traditional oyster shooter with vodka and Tabasco.
121 S Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314

12. Pennsylvania 6 DC

1350 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
During happy hour, $5 oyster shooters are on offer along with $1 oysters on the half shell.
1350 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

13. Grillfish

1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
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Find oyster shooters at this seafood restaurant for $8 during their Shellfish Saturdays promotion.
1200 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

14. BLT Steak

1625 I Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
Find shooters made with tomato water and bacon-infused vodka at the bar at BLT.
1625 I Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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