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The best oyster happy hours in Boston

Slurp fresh, delicious oysters on the cheap at these Boston bars and restaurants

By Gerrish Lopez and Time Out Boston Staff

We all know that some of the tastiest oysters on the planet come from the icy waters of the New England coast. You can enjoy these 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 best and 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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1. Waypoint

Restaurants Seafood 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 5-7pm on Mondays-Saturdays, oysters are $1 at the bar. 

Russell House Tavern
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2. Russell House Tavern

Restaurants American creative 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.

The Oyster Club
Photograph: Courtesy The Oyster Club/Brian Samuels

3. The Oyster Club

Restaurants Seafood Back Bay

Chef Chris Parsons’ newest restaurant is centered on a raw bar featuring super-fresh seafood and classic New England cuisine. Stop in Monday-Friday, 4pm-6pm to sample their daily selection of oysters for $1 each.

Charlie's Kitchen, Bars, Restaurants, Boston
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4. Charlie’s Kitchen

Bars Beer bars Harvard Sq

Charlie’s stakes its claim in the great oyster deal wars of Harvard Square with $.50 bivalves daily from 12-5pm. They shoot up to $1 each from 5-9pm. Once you've had your fill, follow the loud, ready-to-drink crowd of punks, students, professors and local rock luminaries into the upstairs bar for massive glasses of beer, cheap eats, snippy waitresses and the best damn jukebox in Harvard Square.

Les Zygomates, Restaurants, Boston
Photograph: Jack Foley

5. Les Zygomates

Restaurants Bistros Leather District

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

Grafton Street Pub
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6. Grafton Street Pub and Grill

Restaurants American 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.

The Red House restaurant
Photograph: The Red House Restaurant

7. The Red House Restaurant

Restaurants 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.

La Brasa
Photograph: Courtesy La Brasa

8. La Brasa

Restaurants Mexican 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, Tuesdays-Sundays, 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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9. Marliave

Restaurants French Downtown

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

Puritan & Company
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10. Puritan & Company

Restaurants Contemporary American 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.

Il Molo
Photograph: Courtesy Il Molo

11. il Molo

Restaurants 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 4:15-5:30pm Mondays through Saturdays (plus from 10-11pm on Thursdays through Saturdays), enjoy $1 oysters at the bar.

State Park
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12. State Park

Bars Cocktail bars Kendall Sq

The tiny, beloved bar area at the now-closed Hungry Mother eventually led to the opening of State Park. You can split a pitcher of Tom Collins with friends at the indoor shuffleboard table or jukebox. Or grab a seat at the bar and slurp down dollar oysters, offered daily after 10pm.

Casa Caña
Photograph: Courtesy Yelp/Casa Caña

13. Casa Caña

Restaurants Latin American Allston/Brighton

Casa Caña — a Latin kitchen located in the Studio Allston Hotel — offers $1 oysters on Fridays from 5-7pm. Once you've had your fill, stick around for street food staples such as chicharrones and grilled street corn. Don't forget to chase everything down with one of their many signature rum-based cocktails.

Brick & Mortar
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15. Brick & Mortar

Bars Cocktail bars Central Sq

Enjoy oysters for $1 each every day from 5-6pm, then park it at the giant horseshoe-shaped bar to sample some of Central Square's best cocktails. 

Photograph: Courtesy McGreevy’s

16. McGreevy’s Boston

Bars Sports Bars 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.

Ashmont Grill
Photograph: Courtesy Ashmont Grill/Mike Ritter

17. Ashmont Grill

Restaurants 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.

Boston Public Market
Photograph: Melissa DiPalma

18. Boston Public Market

Shopping Markets and fairs 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 until they sell out, 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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