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Oysters at Transit Bar
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Oyster happy hours in Melbourne

Fill yourself with the aphrodisiac of the sea for chump change

By Rushani Epa

If you're reading this, then we assume you adore oysters. There's not really much middle ground with these tasty treats of the sea. And if there's one thing that unites oyster enthusiasts, it's the joy of being able to eat them by the dozen and have change to spare for a great glass of sparkling on the side. 

For more thrifty dining tips, check out our guide to cheap eats or hit up our dining hit list for our latest highly rated restaurants of all price ranges. 

Where to get cheap oysters in Melbourne

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Oyster Bar by Aptus Seafood

Shopping South Melbourne

The Oyster Bar by Aptus Seafood at South Melbourne Market offers the freshest oysters straight from the ocean. It's not a happy hour situation, either – they're serving those $1.30 oysters from the early hours right into the evening. If you're feeling extra opulent, purchase a dozen for $15 and rest easy knowing they're sourced directly from farmers – expect Coffin Bay oysters from South Australia or Blackmans Bay oysters from Tasmania. Plus the bar offers lemon, hot sauce, vinegar and other sauces to dress up those briny morsels. 

Oysters at Transit Bar
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Bars Melbourne

Head to the sky at Transit Bar's notable rooftop and take advantage of $2 oysters and petite cocktails priced at $8 from 3pm-close on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Hemingway's Wine Room oyster and Champagne Wednesdays
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Hemingway's Wine Room

Restaurants French East Melbourne

East Melbourne's French brasserie and wine bar Hemingway's Wine Room is offering posh punters the chance to spend an opulent two hours every Wednesday between 5pm and 7pm knocking back $2 oysters with mignonette and lemon with $15 glasses of Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve Champagne NV. Looking for something different? There's sparkling sake or prosecco available by the glass too.

Philippe roast chicken
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Restaurants French Melbourne

You can get $2 oysters at this French CBD gem from noon until 7pm, Tuesday to Friday in the bar. C'est magnifique! 

Inside venue at Melbourne Public Bar
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Melbourne Public

Bars South Wharf

Head to Melbourne Public on Fridays to take advantage of $2 oysters from 4pm to 7pm. Have yours au naturale or Kilpatrick and the only clause is that you must buy a drink. $16 Espresso Martinis will also be on offer to wash your molluscs done with and live music will play all evening courtesy of local DJs.

Seafood at The Atlantic
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The Atlantic

Restaurants Southbank

This isn't an oyster happy hour, but you can enjoy a boujee oyster at the Atlantic in Crown for $3.50 a pop in an opulent setting from noon to 10pm every day.

Food at Galah
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Bars Cocktail bars Windsor

Snag a $2 oyster every Wednesday from 5pm until late and all day every Sunday at Windsor wine bar Galah.

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