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20 amazing oyster happy hours in Boston

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.

Jacqueline Dole
Coda
329 Columbus Ave
$1 oysters, Friday 4-6pm

Les Zygomates
129 South St
$1 oysters, Monday-Friday 4-6pm

Myers + Chang
1145 Washington St
$1 oysters, Sunday 8pm-close

Marliave
10 Bosworth St
$1 oysters, 4-6pm daily

Local 149
149 P St
Half-price oysters, Monday-Friday 4-6pm

The Lansdowne Pub
9 Lansdowne St
$1 oysters, Monday-Wednesday 4-8pm (non game-days only)

Smith and Wollensky
101 Arlington St
$1 oysters, 5-7pm daily

Skipjack's
199 Clarendon St
Two-for-one oysters, Monday 3:30-10pm
Jacqueline Dole
Lineage
242 Harvard St
$1 oysters, 5-7pm daily at the bar

Matt Murphy’s Pub
14 Harvard St
Free oysters, Monday 5-7pm
Jacqueline Dole
Dante
40 Edwin H Land Blvd
$1 oysters, 4-6pm daily

The Ginger Exchange
1287 Cambridge St
$1 oysters, Thursday 11pm-1am

Grafton Street
1230 Mass Ave
$1 oysters, 11pm-close daily

Red House
98 Winthrop St
50 cent oysters, Tuesday-Sunday 3-6pm; $1 oysters, Tuesday-Sunday 6pm-close

Rialto
1 Bennett St
$1 oysters, Monday 5:30pm until sold out at the bar

Russell House Tavern
14 John F. Kennedy St
$1 oysters, 11pm-close daily
Jacqueline Dole
Saloon
255 Elm St
$1 oysters, Sunday-Wednesday 5-7pm

Orleans
65 Holland St
$1 oysters, Monday-Friday 3-6pm

Bergamot
118 Beacon St
$1 oysters, Sunday-Tuesday 5:30pm-close
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1. The Marliave 10 Bosworth St , Boston, MA 02108

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).

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2. The Ginger Exchange 1287 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

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.

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3. Coda 329 Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116

A cool American grubbery and beer hall with a great bar program.

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4. Myers + Chang 1145 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118

This fun Asian "indie diner" serves up interesting takes on Thai and Vietnamese classics.

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5. Local 149 149 P St, South Boston, MA 02127

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.

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6. Lansdowne Pub 9 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215

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.

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7. Smith & Wollensky 290 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210

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.

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8. Matt Murphy's Pub 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA 02445

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

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9. Dante 40 Edwin H Land Blvd, Cambridge, MA 02142

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.

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10. Russell House Tavern 14 JFK St, Cambridge, MA 02138

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.

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11. Ashmont Grill 555 Talbot Ave, Dorchester, MA 02124

This neighborhood grill joint boasts a sweet patio and fresh takes on American classics.

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12. Saloon 255 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144

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.

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13. Bergamot 118 Beacon St, Somerville, 02143

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.

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