Cocktail Convos: King Street Oyster Bar

Dig into more than just oysters at this neighborhood watering hole.

After putting in a hard day’s work, treat yourself to a seat at the Oyster Bar. We like to make this the first stop on a night out — sometimes it’s our only stop. Conversation flows as easy as the drinks, with friendly bartenders and locals around the bar. The lively atmosphere and cozy bar, nestled in the back makes us feel like happy hour should last all night.

Daily happy hour is from 3 to 6:30 p.m. where you can enjoy specialty cocktails made with house-made mixes of seasonal juices.These creative concoctions are streamlined to be made quickly without sacrificing quality.

There are countless tasty drinks to choose from, but we like to go big. Is a margarita your drink? Sip on the Smoky Mezcal Margarita, finished off with a sweet, grilled pineapple. If you’re into gin, try the Air Mail. This herbaceous concoction is mixed with fresh lime and mint and is balanced out with a bit of simple syrup.

Party like you’re a kid again with the Blackberry Lemonade, a summertime splurge made with vodka, disguised with house-made lemonade. This fun purple drink is served complete with a sugar rim.

Want to know the owners favorites? Jorge can be seen sipping on a bourbon Old Fashioned. While April is a bit more creative with her signature drink — her very own Mermosa, a popular brunch cocktail. If a mermaid was a drink, she’d be this bubbly green cocktail made with sparkling Cava, orange juice and blue curacao. You’re sure to make some new friends with this pretty little drink.

Once you get your drink in hand, consider sharing some oysters. Whether you like your oysters naked or smothered in tabasco, mignonette or cocktail sauce, these are some of the best we’ve had. With more than 10 varieties on the menu from the East and West Coast, you’ll find everything from briney, to sweet or buttery. Dig into our favorites — the aptly-named Fat Babies from New York’s Long Island Sound, Moondancers from Maine and PEI Raspberry Point oysters.

And whatever you’re planning on cooking for dinner — save it. The happy hour food menu is hearty enough to be considered dinner. Share a plate of the blue cheese chips. Think house-made potato chips topped with chunky, warm blue cheese, dripping with basil aioli. When we’re especially hungry, we go for the $5 Chop House Burger that comes topped with ham, barbecue sauce and melty cheddar cheese — all with a side of fries! Looking for something lighter? Ask for the ahi tuna tacos that are spiced just right, with a drizzle of avocado cilantro sauce and wrapped in a crunchy giant radish instead of a tortilla.

If you haven’t visited King Street Oyster Bar, call your buddies to make a date for happy hour. But don’t expect to be home by dinner — lose track of time with great food, cocktails and maybe some new friends.

King St. Oyster Bar, 12 King Street, downtown Leesburg. Happy hour every day 3–6:30 p.m. Monday –Thursday 11 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.

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