Inlet spot has a shuck of a happy hour

February 12, 2014 

THE LOCALE | On the 1/2 Shell

THE LOWDOWN | We are in the middle of oyster season, and if you’re looking for a spot to grab affordable oysters as well as cheap drinks, On the 1/2 Shell is your spot. That’s where we went for happy hour this week.

On the 1/2 Shell is set off the road on U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet just south of Waccamaw Community Hospital. The interior is large with a long L-shaped bar and a number of high and low-top tables. Twenty-five TVs are scattered around the establishment. Sports flags hang on the walls. You’ll see bar games such as pool, Silver Strike and Golden Tee. The bar, occupied by locals, is laid-back and comfortable.

Some people come for the food, and others the drinks. On the 1/2 Shell serves award-winning Bloody Marys. The locale won the Bloody Mary portion of a Surfrider Foundation Oyster Roast at K-Rae’s Waterway Bar and Grill at Wacca Wache Marina on Feb. 9.

On the menu you’ll find appetizers, raw bar items, burgers, pizza and seafood baskets. Plus there’s a $3 menu all the time featuring hamburgers, cheese pizzas, Cajun fish bites and meatball Parmesan subs. On the 1/2 Shell also offers daily specials. For example, on Mondays oysters are 40-cents each and on Wednesdays shrimp are 40-cents a pop.

You can snag food deals during happy hour, too. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. During happy hour, oysters, shrimp and wings are 50-cents each. Drink deals include $2.25 domestic beers, $2.50 liquors and $4 wines.

TIPS | Ask for information about the upcoming charity golf tournament to benefit the American Stroke Association. Also ask about the 20-20 Pizza Challenge.

FIND IT | 4500 U.S. 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet. Call 651-1296 or visit

Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge

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