You’ve always prided yourself on your ability to escape the Loop’s mediocre bar scene by early evening, but that’s going to change now that you’ve discovered Pearl Tavern. Located on the edge of the Financial District, this retro-inspired oyster bar is prime for your next after-work meetup with friends. Much of Pearl’s original interior from the 1950s has been left intact, giving it that vibrant, vintage vibe you’ve always loved to soak up as you relax after a busy day. Settle into reclaimed hardwood tavern seats as you sip nautically inspired cocktails like the Angry Mermaid (Del Maguey mezcal, St-Germain, lime, habanero syrup) or the Commodore (Dickel Rye, vermouth, Luxardo, and a lemon twist). Now it’s time for your oyster experience. Order the tower and you’ll have plenty of freshly shucked selections to share with your companions. Compare notes on varieties from the east and west coasts, plus a few offbeat surprises from Australia or New Zealand when they’re available. You’ll want to keep sampling, and tuna poke; mussels topped with fennel, Pernod, and shallots; and scallops on the half-shell with blood orange and sea salt are all excellent, shareable bites. You’ll all be having so much fun that before you know it, you might just hear the barkeep shout “last call!” Hey, there’s a first time for everything.