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Slurp Oysters All Winter Long at Island Creek’s New Indoor Raw Bar

The oyster farm’s cozy new space opens on Friday, January 27

A tray of twelve oysters on ice sits on a bar with drinks visible around the perimeter of the tray.
Knock back a few oysters while watching the snow fall.
Emily Hagen/Island Creek Oysters
Erika Adams is the editor of Eater Boston.

The oyster obsessives at Island Creek Oysters are adding an indoor raw bar to their sprawling farm operation on the South Shore.

There’s been an outdoor raw bar available for years at the farm — which is located at 403 Washington Street, in Duxbury — but this will be the first time that customers have access to a year-round raw bar on site. The bar, which opens on Friday, January 27, is stocked with Island Creek’s own oysters as well as Aunt Dotty oysters from nearby Saquish, plus other comforting seafood dishes including clam chowder, ceviche, and a seafood cocktail with oysters, shrimp, salmon, and clams. The warmly lit, wood-paneled space is dotted with couches and cushions to lounge on while looking out across Duxbury Bay.

“Our farmers are out on the water 12 months out of the year,” Jess Cagle, the farm’s director of on-site hospitality and retail, said in a statement on the news. “Getting a perspective for how things operate in the winter months will give guests a better understanding of how our oysters make it to their table.”

Cold-weather customers will also be able to check out the farm’s winter caviar and hatchery operation where the team spawns baby oysters before they are moved out to Duxbury Bay. 90-minute tours are available on the weekends for $75 per person. Tickets include oyster and caviar tastings.

Owner Skip Bennett founded Island Creek Oysters in 1995, and has grown it to become one of the most recognizable commercial oyster operations in the country. The farm supplies oysters to Michelin-starred restaurants and maintains a bustling retail operation for direct-to-consumer sales. The now-closed Island Creek Oyster Bar in Boston was a separate endeavor in which Bennett was a co-owner; Island Creek is also behind seafood mainstay Row 34 in Fort Point, Burlington, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Take a look around the indoor raw bar and check out the menu below:

Couches with mismatched, bright patterns are visible with wooden chairs and tables situated around them.
Curl up on the couches inside the bar.
Emily Hagen/Island Creek Oysters
A person holds an oyster with one hand and spoons black caviar over top with their other hand.
There’s two different types of caviar on the opening menu.
Emily Hagen/Island Creek Oysters
Bright couches and wooden tables and chairs are visible in a wood-paneled dining room overlooking a body of water.
The cozy space is going for a “vintage beach shack vibe,” per a release.
Emily Hagen/Island Creek Oysters
A green couch with light orange and white puffy pillows is situated in a corner of a wood-paneled dining room.
Another view from inside the space.
Emily Hagen/Island Creek Oysters

Island Creek Oysters’ indoor raw bar is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 8 p.m.