Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar
6A North Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC, USA
www.pleasureislandoysterbar.… - 910-458-7380
Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar Carolina Beach Reviews
Shucking Good Times Aug 30, 2010
My stepson and his wife came to visit for a few days, requiring a traditional return to the Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar for a shucking good time. Don’t even think about dressing up before piling in to this delightful bar – you are about to peel shrimp and shuck oysters, so getting good and sloppy is guaranteed. Yup, another fantastic Carolina Beach dive --- do I need to point out it is across the street from the Fat Pelican?
The Shuckin’ Shack is basically a small bar, cluttered with big screen TV’s and knick knacks capturing the fishing and surfing heritage of the area. Among the stuff plastered to the walls are plenty of pictures from local patrons, reminding you that the crowd isn’t just a gang of tourists. In fact, the mix is part of the fun and there is always some entertaining interaction between the guests (usually including a lot of Red Sox fans, much to our delight!). Sports dominates the conversation as most of the channels are on those types of channels, but last night talk centered around Hurricane Earl and whether his trajectory would pass us by...
The chatter is accompanied by devouring buckets of oysters and plates of shrimp. You can shuck your own oysters, part of the entertainment and the key driver of why you get so messy. We also ordered some steamed clams last night, which were huge and delicious, but passed on the crab claws, which the folks beside us raved about.
There are a few small tables, but if your party is larger than two I recommend parking at the bar. If you order oysters you get two buckets – one with oysters and one for the shells – so elbow room gets quickly compromised. Even though our attraction is the seafood, a lot of the folks dropping by are only there to consume beverages. The Shuckin’ Shack offers a fine selection of bottled beer in addition to draft beer and usually a few interesting mixed drinks (they were featuring a “Bloody Bivalve” last night, which included a raw oyster, chilled vodka and bloody mary mix).
Good times, good food, good brew and good people - shucks, you just can’t beat this oyster bar!
And an important footnote on the eve of Labor Day weekend --> the Shack is open year round, not just a fair weather friend.
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