This Happy Hour On Sunset Offers Two Different Options
Formerly George’s on Sunset, Gringo’s Oyster Bar is the place to be on a Friday afternoon for seafood fanatics. From 3 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, Gringo’s offers an oyster happy hour, with a half dozen oysters for just $9 or a dozen for $18. Normally, oysters are $3 each, so this is a steal. Get there early because the tables fill up quickly.
The crowd sticks around even after 6 p.m., as regular happy hour lasts until 7 p.m. On Tuesday through Sunday (yes, even on the weekend) from 4 to 7 p.m., cocktails are $8, well drinks and wine are $6, and beers are $4. The Sunset Mojito – made with Flora de Caña rum, blueberries, peach, mint and lime – is a refreshing cocktail to have al fresco on Sunset Drive. The Pink Drink tastes as good as it looks. We saw someone at a neighboring table drinking it and said, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
We don’t usually drink gin, but we made an exception for the strawberry thyme gin martini. Pink Whitney gin, strawberry, lemon and thyme come together to make one hell of a cocktail. You’ll feel like Carrie Bradshaw while drinking it – you know, if Carrie Bradshaw lived in Coral Gables instead of New York and was a food writer instead of a romance columnist. Of course, you can never go wrong with an Aperol Spritz either, the unofficial official drink of summer.
Though there are no food deals during happy hour other than oysters, we couldn’t pass up on some of the other seafood appetizers. The fish dip had a nice, smoky flavor and came with three options for dipping: A toasted baguette, kettle-cooked potato chips and cucumber slices. The tuna tartare sits on a bed of guacamole with a dollop of spicy mayo. Scoop it all onto the accompanying chips that are light and airy. It’s almost too pretty to eat. Emphasis on the almost.
The favorite, however, was unanimously the conch fritters. They’re warm and soft and delicious. We didn’t know seafood could be comfort food until now. What put them over the top was the creamy, zesty aioli that gave them a burst of flavor. This gringa gives Gringo’s Oyster Bar’s happy hour two thumbs up.