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The best oyster happy hours in Boston

Slurp fresh, delicious oysters on the cheap at these Boston bars and restaurants
Oysters
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By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff |
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Some of the tastiest oysters come from New England. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the succulent treats any time at Boston’s best oyster bars and best seafood restaurants, but these beloved bivalves taste even sweeter when the price is lower. From buck-a-shuck nights to two-for-one happy hours, here are the city’s most popular deals. Oysters are not always available due to seasonal sourcing, but some spots offer year-round specials — always check first. For more wallet-friendly fare, check out our list of Boston’s best food happy hours and the best cheap eats in Boston.

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Best oyster happy hours in Boston

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Ashmont Grill
Photograph: Courtesy Ashmont Grill/Mike Ritter
Restaurants

Ashmont Grill

icon-location-pin Dorchester

Head to Ashmont Grill on Buck-a-Shuck Thursdays for $1 oysters. The deal starts at 5pm and lasts until they run out. The weekly selection varies, but the oysters are always fresh, and nothing’s better than enjoying bivalves on the breezy patio in warm weather.

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Les Zygomates, Restaurants, Boston
Photograph: Jack Foley
Restaurants, Bistros

Les Zygomates

icon-location-pin Leather District

This French bistro in the Leather District offers a weekly oyster happy hour in the bar area. From 3-7pm, Monday-Friday, the East Coast oyster of day is just $1 each. The eclectic and fairly-priced wine list provides the perfect complement.

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La Brasa
Photograph: Courtesy La Brasa
Restaurants, Mexican

La Brasa

icon-location-pin Somerville

Wood-grilled fare and globe-spanning culinary influences are on tap at this Somerville spot. A rotating selection of East Coast oysters complements the robust menu. From 5-6pm, Tuesday-Sunday, enjoy $1 oysters with mignonette and fresh horseradish. Pair with a glass of wine and one of La Brasa’s delicious spreads.

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Russell House Tavern
Photograph: Courtesy Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
Restaurants, American creative

Russell House Tavern

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

This stylish tavern is popular for patio dining in the warmer months and cozy comfort fare when it’s cold. For night owls who love oysters, Russell House Tavern offers $1 oysters — a rotating selection of both East Coast and West Coast varieties — nightly after 11pm. The special is available in the restaurant as well as on the patio.

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McGreevy’s
Photograph: Courtesy McGreevy’s
Bars, Sports Bars

McGreevy’s Boston

icon-location-pin Back Bay

This popular sports bar pays homage to the storied history of the Red Sox and throws a little Dropkick Murphys fandom into the mix. Every day there’s a different deal for the cost-conscious; Sundays feature $1 oysters, available all day until they run out.

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Puritan & Company
Photograph: Courtesy Puritan & Company
Restaurants, Contemporary American

Puritan & Company

icon-location-pin Inman Sq

Shabby-chic environs with Yankee touches and locally-sourced ingredients make this cozy Inman Square restaurant a popular place for a delicious meal. The raw section of the menu features daily oyster selections. Get them for $1 on Tuesday evenings from 5:30pm until they run out.

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The Red House restaurant
Photograph: The Red House Restaurant
Restaurants

The Red House Restaurant

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Red House has one of the best oyster deals around. Every day from 12-5pm and 9pm-close, fresh oysters are two for $1. A minimum of six oysters is required, but you’ll want a half-dozen anyway. Between 5pm-9pm, oysters are still just $1 each.

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Grafton Street Pub
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Sylvia C.
Restaurants, American

Grafton Street Pub and Grill

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Whenever a late-night bivalve craving comes about, head to this welcoming Harvard Square spot for $1 oysters served with shallot mignonette and cocktail sauce, available nightly after 11pm. In warmer weather, get some oysters and wine while enjoying the sidewalk patio.

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Waypoint
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Tiffany L.
Restaurants, Seafood

Waypoint

icon-location-pin Harvard Sq

Coastally-inspired fare is on the menu at this Harvard Square restaurant. A daily selection of fresh oysters is served with pickled fennel mignonette and fish pepper cocktail sauce. From 5pm-7pm every Monday to Saturday, oysters are $1 at the bar. On Sundays, oysters are half price throughout the entire restaurant.

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Il Molo
Photograph: Courtesy Il Molo
Restaurants, Seafood

il Molo

icon-location-pin North End

This seafood-focused Italian restaurant near the North End waterfront serves fresh, locally-sourced seafood. Oysters are fresh — the selection is based on what’s available locally — and available year-round. From 4-5:30pm, Monday to Friday, enjoy $1 oysters at the bar.

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Marliave
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Restaurants, French

Marliave

icon-location-pin Downtown

This historic cafe is known for cocktails and French cuisine in a romantic setting. From 4pm-6pm and 9pm-10pm, Monday to Friday, an East Coast oyster selection is available at the bar for $1. Clams are also $1, and shrimp cocktail is $1.50.

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Boston Public Market
Photograph: Melissa DiPalma
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Boston Public Market

icon-location-pin Haymarket

The Boston Public Market houses more than 30 New England artisans selling everything from fresh produce and prepared meals to handmade candles. On the first Sunday of each month from 11am-7pm, market vendor Red’s Best offers $1 Buck-a-Shucks. Oyster growers occasionally make an appearance to chat about their product while you slurp.

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