Inside Shucks Bar, One Of Brisbane’s Leading Oyster Restaurants

For freshly shucked oysters straight on the half-shell, Shucks Bar, a neighbourhood oyster bar and seafood restaurant at the Manly Esplanade is the place to be.

Read: European-style Mobile Restaurant to Roll Out Soon

Options change with the seasons but Shucks is the go-to for fresh oysters all year ’round, sourced from different regions in Australia – from the famous Coffin Bay oysters to St Helens in Tasmania; to the Sydney rocks in Port Stephens and even Stradbroke Island.

Open since 2017, this nautical-themed seafood spot was the brainchild of restaurateur Belinda Ho, who spent over a decade in the design agency industry in London and in Brisbane, before venturing into food business.

Shucks Bar
Photo credit: Ethel/ethelladame/Google Maps

Ms Ho decided to take her love for oysters to the next level after seeing a need for an oyster bar in the bayside neighbourhood. Also hoping to see a bit of change in Manly’s food scene, Ms Ho finally gave it a go and launched her oyster bar half a decade ago.

At first, there were customers who would look for some steak or burgers and even coffee. But through the years, they eventually received a cult following, with seafood lovers coming over for dressed, grilled, or natural oysters.

Shucks Bar
Photo credit: Shucks Bar/Facebook

Diners would dig into comforting seafood dishes like sardine toast with agrodolce, whipped buffalo curd or local prawns with charred tomato sambal. For the spring menu, they have added grilled zucchini or grilled broccoli as options.

Shucks Bar
Photo credit: Jackie White/Google Maps

Wash it all down with a glass of wine or choose from their extensive drinks menu that includes beers, spirits, cocktails, and non-boozy drinks.

Meanwhile, bargain hunters should try the Sunday Happy Hour: half-price natural oysters freshly shucked to order, available every Sunday lunch from noon until 3:00 p.m.

Read: Ransome Couple Grows Play Mat Business from Home into a Million-Dollar Empire

Shucks Bar is located at 459 Esplanade, Manly. You can follow them on Facebook for more details.

What’s On in Manly Harbour Village for December

Manly Harbour Village welcomes the Christmas month with Manly Creative Markets, Jan Powers Farmers Markets, Free Movies in the Park, and a new oyster bar.

Manly Creative Markets
Credit: Manly Harbour Village Facebook

Manly Creative Markets, a place where local and regional creative talents showcase their craft or activity and entrepreneurial flair, happens on all five Sundays of December this year, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Amazing food, coffee shop, entertainment, kid’s rides, bakery, arts, crafts, plants, fresh fruits and vegetables, massage sessions, and even dog washes await families and peers at Little Bayside Park, Manly.

Fresh farmers’ produce
Credit: Jan Powers Farmers Markets Instagram

Jan Powers Farmers Markets, which happens every 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the months, is back on the 2nd and 16th of December. As always, stalls can be found at the Little Bayside park, right on the water adjacent to the Manly Harbour. The market has always been known for selling seasonal farm fresh produce, seafood, meats, cakes, breads, olives, spices, oils, honey, curry powders, coffee, and smoothies.

Four-piece brownie gift boxes
Credit: Bayside Brownie Company

Bayside Brownie Company has started accepting orders for their four-piece brownie gift boxes. Pick up points are at both Manly Creative Markets and Jan Powers Farmers Markets.

Credit: Disney Movie Trailers YouTube

Jim Carrey’s film in 2009, “A Christmas Carol”, is showing at this month’s Free Movies in The Park, which happens every Saturday of the month. The event runs until the 3rd of February 2018. Show starts at 9:00 p.m.

“A Christmas Carol” won the Kid’s Choice Awards for favourite Voice from an Animated Movie back in 2009. Here is an excerpt from the film’s synopsis:

“Though London awaits the joyful arrival of Christmas, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) thinks it’s all humbug, berating his faithful clerk and cheerful nephew for their view. Later, Scrooge encounters the ghost of his late business partner, who warns that three spirits will visit him this night. The ghosts take Scrooge on a journey through his past, present and future in the hope of transforming his bitterness”.

Fresh oysters from Australian waters, including rock oysters and pacific oysters, that are only shucked upon order
Credit: Shucks Bar Facebook

Shucks Bar welcomes oysters lovers daily after a successful soft opening on 17th of November. The place offers fresh oysters from Australian waters, including rock oysters and pacific oysters, that are only shucked upon order, hence the bar’s name. The bar is located on the Esplanade at bayside Manly.