Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood
2625 East Second Avenue
Oysters for Saturday brunch are certainly not a stretch – especially when engaging in mollusk merriment. Beginning at 10 a.m., patrons can take advantage of 99-cent oysters at this Cherry Creek coastal-themed eatery. If your Friday night antics delay your Oyster Day festivities, fret not; Blue Island Oyster Bar and Seafood extends the holiday at 6 p.m., when the after-rush batch will be available for just $1.99 a pop. However, the fun doesn’t stop with these edible aphrodisiacs. Along with the day’s fresh shipment of oysters comes one set of Tiffany & Co. Ziegfield Collection pearl earrings (a $225 value) to be gifted at 8 p.m. to one lucky entrant who stops in any time throughout the day – no purchase necessary.
LoDo: 1539 17th Street, 303-292-5767
Glendale: 650 South Colorado Boulevard, 303-756-6449
Hundreds of free oysters on the half-shell? You heard right! Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar (LoDo, Glendale, Boulder and Fort Collins) is shuckin’ killin’ it this Saturday, beginning at 4 p.m. Following a tradition that began in 2014, each Colorado location will serve 100 orders of free Emersum oysters by the half-dozen, hailing from Chesapeake Bay, courtesy of the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Once the freebies are out of stock (don’t worry, you can still order ’em up on ice for $1.50 each if you please), guests can indulge in oysters Rockefeller, buffalo fried oysters, Mornay baked oysters and dynamite oysters, depending on the location. Cheers to the day with happy-hour drink specials from 4 to 6 p.m. with a vodka-infused Strawberry Lemonade ($5), a bourbon-and-brown-sugar iced tea or some sudsy cans from the Post Brewing Company ($3).
the Oceanaire Seafood Room
1400 Arapahoe Street
For those who prefer to sidle up to a chic bar top for oyster indulgence, head to the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Enjoy dollar oysters all day, from 5 to 10 p.m., with a fill of Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc ($15 per glass, $59 per bottle) to pair. “We have so many wines that complement oysters for different reasons. This one just happens to scream summer,” says general manager Brad Moore. “The Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc is a natural pairing for oysters; the racy passion fruit and grapefruit notes really complement the sweet and briny characteristics of both East Coast and West Coast oysters. This wine has bright acidity, and a crisp, clean finish that will make you want to try another dozen.” The newest pour from the folks at Kim Crawford is made with 100 percent certified organic grapes.