So the bad news: backward-thinking liquor laws make booze-based happy hours an impossibility here in Boston. The good news? The "liquor" in oysters is booze-free, which means you can take advantage of Beantown's proximity to the ocean and gorge on discounted bivalves all the time. Here are the details on when to hit 20 wallet-fattening oyster specials around town.
20 amazing oyster happy hours in Boston
1. The Marliave10 Bosworth St , Boston
2. The Ginger Exchange1287 Cambridge St, Cambridge
3. Coda329 Columbus Ave, Boston
4. Myers + Chang1145 Washington St, Boston
5. Local 149149 P St, South Boston
6. Lansdowne Pub9 Lansdowne St, Boston
7. Smith & Wollensky290 Congress St, Boston
8. Matt Murphy's Pub14 Harvard St, Brookline Village
9. Dante40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge
10. Russell House Tavern14 JFK St, Cambridge
11. Ashmont Grill555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester
12. Saloon255 Elm St, Somerville
13. Bergamot118 Beacon St, Somerville
The Grotto chef meticulously restored this two-floor former speakeasy's Prohibition decor (original black and white paint job, tin ceiling, white marble bar), and's now slinging appropriate hooch like The Great Experiment (Hendricks, mint, cucumber, lemon, orange, and cucumber).
The first in-city offering from the owner of Ginger Pad in Burlington, GE is billed as a hip "urban sushi bar" offering a funky twist on Asian fusion with an eclectic selection of late night sushi/sashimi, noodles, and create-your-own bento boxes.
A cool American grubbery and beer hall with a great bar program.
This fun Asian "indie diner" serves up interesting takes on Thai and Vietnamese classics.
The Local 149 puts the emphasis on "Local", offering a cozy and welcoming atmosphere for folks to pick from more than 20 brews on tap and eat delicious and fresh bar grub in South Boston.
The result of the grown-up idea to "offer something more traditional", LP's the newest piece from a group who brought you Lansdowne clubs like the old Avalon, Axis, and more: an Irish pub/old-timey saloon hybrid created by stripping the Jake Ivory piano bar down to its exposed brick walls and installing a 64-foot imported Irish wood bar, working fireplaces, faux candle chandeliers, vintage whiskey posters, a stage, covered outdoor seating, and more bar mirrors per capita than any spot in Boston.
The Atlantic Wharf outpost of the S&W empire is slinging their traditional lineup of burly surf/turf classics (bone-in rib eyes, grilled salmon beurre blanc, crispy Alaskan halibut w/ colossal lump crab) in a massive new space tricked out with a 120-seat patio (rocking both raw & full-service bars) that overlooks the Ft. Point Channel, which, despite just being a body of water, is still more entertaining than QVC.
Shedding its dark, wood-heavy interior in favor of a more refined, upscale vibe, Brookline Village's fave Irish pub's now boasting sleek grey/taupe walls hung w/ framed family photographs, new tables, and an elongated 13-seat bar decked out w/ a giant tre
Thanks to Dante's beverage magician Tom Tellier, you don't have to go through Hell, or even Purgatory, to revel in the Paradise that is a new cocktail menu, specifically their "Crazy 8s", which features, yep, eight new cocktails for just $8.
Named for the 19th century Harvard furniture dealer that first occupied the building, RHT is a two-floored pub/resto from the owners of Grafton Street/Temple Bar slinging a New England-heavy menu of modern American "artisanal fare" and craft beers.
This neighborhood grill joint boasts a sweet patio and fresh takes on American classics.
Slinging bourbon below Foundry on Elm, this ode to the under-represented pre-Prohibition era throws things back with Tiffany chandeliers, hand-carved mahogany overhangs, and Oriental rugs that would probably prefer you just called them Asian. Stuff your face with beer-battered pickled peppers packed w/ Boursin, and maple-braised pork belly w/ baked beans, before drinking said face off thanks to 16 taps (Lexington Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale, Delirium Noel), 120+ brown-booze varieties, and a slew of "bespoke" whiskey 'tails including an aged rum Brown Derby, and the rye/ aperol/ Averna Old Pal.
From a power chef/GM duo of noteworthy pedigree (Harvest, Scampo, Craigie on Main), comes Bergamot, a progressive American eatery located in the old EVOO spot, and cooking up a balanced menu of fresh, locally sourced farm/sea favorites in a remodeled 78-seat dining room replete w/ earthy brown/green walls, refinished hardwood & stone floors, a black counter/light wood 8-seat bar, and a giant orange couch, but don't mention that -- it's sensitive about its weight/spray tan.