1 Harry ain’t no newbie. While Harry’s Oyster Bar may have only opened its doors in 2011, the Harry for which it’s named is none other than Harry Dougherty, founder of the legendary A.C. seafood mecca, Dock’s Oyster House. While Harry himself is no longer with us, his family has been rooted in the Atlantic City dining and nightlife scene for nearly 120 years, running some of the most celebrated bars and restaurants in town. They must be doing something right.
2 Location, location, location. It’s tough to think of a more appropriate setting in which to slurp down oysters than the one secured by Harry’s Oyster Bar. Sure its oceanfront, but it’s also Boardwalk-front, giving guests the pleasure of engaging in a bit of people watching while enjoying the eye candy of the sand and surf. With a frosty brew in hand and the right weather, it’s a tough combination to beat.
3 It’s one of the best sports bars in town. One might imagine that a place known primarily for its fresh seafood would not exactly be a hotspot when it comes to catching a game, but one would be mistaken. Harry’s boasts nine flat-screen TVs and an atmosphere that is both lively and festive enough to make anyone feel comfortable cheering on their team. Plus, what better way to replace the standard pub grub you normally throw down during these events than by subbing in a few top-shelf treats from the raw bar?
4 These oysters are legit. With a constantly changing list of some of the freshest oysters — both Atlantic and Pacific Varieties offered — expect nothing frozen, and nothing but the best. After all, would you assume any less from the family behind Dock’s Oyster House? Quality is what folks have come to expect, and Harry’s never disappoints.
5 Warm weather boosts the party. While an enjoyable night can be had here any time of year, Harry’s really gets going when the mercury starts rising. For one thing, the outdoor patio opens up, offering a gorgeous seaside setting just far enough back from the hustle and bustle of the boardwalk, plus live music returns on weekends, as some of South Jersey’s most reputable acts make Harry’s a regular stop on their summer schedules. With spring officially sprung, now is the time to pop in for a few.
HARRY’S OYSTER BAR
WHERE: 1900 Pacific Ave., at Bally’s Atlantic City
WHEN: Noon to 10:30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, noon to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
WHO: Owned by Frank Dougherty and Maureen Shay.
CONTACT: 609-431-0092, HarrysOysterBar.com
OTHER INFO: All major credit cards accepted, live music, waterfront views, outdoor dining available.