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The 56 Best Oyster Happy Hours in NYC, Sorted by Neighborhood

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Mermaid Inn | Cole Saladino/Thrillist
Mermaid Inn | Cole Saladino/Thrillist

If your wallet can't handle high raw bar prices, but you still need your fix of cheap oysters and beer, you'll be happy to learn that many of the city's best places for oysters offer a buck-a-shuck or half-dozen deals. These spots have you covered after work, before going out, or just because it’s a Wednesday and you want some damn good oysters at a damn good price. With happy hours all over the city, there are plenty of cheap, delicious bivalves to choose from, no matter what neighborhood you’re in.

The Wayland

Alphabet City

The deal: $1 oysters, $5-6 oyster shooters
When: Mon-Fri from 4-7pm

MP Taverna

Astoria

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily from 3-6pm

Mar's

The deal: A rotating list of $1.50 oysters; $2 oysters all day Sunday
When: Mon-Fri from 4-7pm

Pier A Harbor House

Battery Park

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily after 12am

Grand Army Bar

Boerum Hill

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Mon-Fri from 5-7pm

Tutu's

Bushwick

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily from 4-7pm

Marco Polo Ristorante

Carroll Gardens

The deal: $1.50 oysters
When: Daily from 4-7pm

Kittery

The deal: $1 Blue Points, jumbo shrimp cocktail, little neck clams
When: Monday all night long

Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar

Chelsea

The deal: $6 fried oysters
When: Mon-Fri from 4-6pm

Strong Place

Cobble Hill

The deal: $1 oysters and two-for-one drafts
When: Daily from 4-7pm

Atrium

Dumbo

The deal: $1 oysters (only at the bar) and $8 cocktails
When: Mon-Fri from 5:30-7pm

Upstate

East Village

The deal: Six oysters and a beer for $12
When: Daily from 5-7pm

The Mermaid Inn

The deal: $1 East Coast oysters, $5 beer, $7 wine, $8 cocktails
When: All night Monday; every day from 5-7pm

Bait & Hook

The deal: $1 oysters, $3 fish tacos
When: Daily from 3-7pm

The Dead Rabbit

Financial District

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Mon-Fri from 5-7pm

Live Bait

Flatiron

The deal: $1 oysters and daily drink specials
When: Mon-Fri from 4-7pm

Barn Joo

The deal: $1 oyters
When: Daily from 4-7pm

Littleneck

Gowanus

The deal: $1 oysters and $5 draft brews
When: Wed-Fri from 5-7pm

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster

Greenpoint

The deal: $1.50 oysters 
When: Mon-Fri from 2-6pm

El Paso

Harlem

The deal: Half-dozen oysters and Dos Equis for $11
When: All day, every day

White Oak

Hell's Kitchen

The deal: $1 oysters 
When: All day, every day

Thalia

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 7-10pm

Onieals

Little Italy

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Monday-Friday from 4-7pm; Wednesday all night

Essex

Lower East Side

The deal: $1 oysters and half-price drinks
When: Mon-Fri from 5-8pm; Thurs from 5pm-12am; Sun from 6-10pm

Hill and Dale

The deal: $1
When: Every day from 5-8pm and all day Monday

Bar Belly

The deal: $1.50 select oysters
When: Daily from 5:30-7:30pm

The Ten Bells

The deal: $1 oysters and $15 carafe of wine
When: From opening 'til 7 every night of the week

Grey Lady

The deal: $1 oysters, $5 draft beer, $8 wine, $9 well drinks
When: Sun-Fri from 4-7pm; Monday all night

Sel Rose

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 4-7pm

Domaine Wine Bar

Long Island City

The deal: $1 oysters, or a half-dozen oysters and a glass of wine for $12
When: Daily from 5-7pm

Crave Fishbar

Midtown East

The deal: About a dozen varieties from the East and West Coasts are $1 each
When: Daily from 5-7pm

Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill

The deal: "Oyster du jour," usually four types for $1, $7 wine, $4 beer
When: Mon-Fri from 3-7pm

Grand Central Oyster Bar

The deal: $1.25 Blue Points, $5 beers
When: Mon-Wed from 4:30-7pm and Sat from 1-5pm

Pennsylvania 6

Midtown West

The deal: $1 select oysters at the bar
When: Mon-Fri from 5-7pm

The Liberty

The deal: $1 oysters 
When: Daily from 4-6pm and 10pm-12am

Swift Hibernian Lounge

NoHo

The deal: Half-dozen oysters and a pint of Guinness for $12
When: Tues from 5pm-midnight

The John Dory Oyster Bar

NoMad

The deal: $2 chef's choice oysters; $5 oyster shooters (tequila or gin); and bartenders choice $5 beer, $6 tap wine, $10 cocktail
When: Mon-Fri from 5-7pm; Sat-Sun from 12-7pm 

L&W Oyster Co.

The deal: $2 oysters, $5 draft beer and house wine
When: Daily from 5-7pm

Bearded Lady

Park Slope

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Mon-Fri from 5-8pm

Brooklyn Crab

Red Hook

The deal: $1 oysters, $3 draft beer
When: Mon-Tues, all day

Lure Fishbar

SoHo

The deal: 6 oysters for $12, 12 oysters for $24, 18 for $36; $10 cocktails
When: Mon-Fri from 5-7pm

City Crab Shack

Union Square

The deal: $0.99 oysters 
When: Mon-Thurs from 3:30-6:30pm

The Tangled Vine

Upper West Side

The deal: $1 oysters, $5 beer, $8 wine
When: Weekdays from 5-7pm, weekends from 3-5pm

The Mermaid Inn

The deal: $1 East Coast oysters, $5 beer, $7 wine, $8 cocktails
When: Daily from 5-7pm

Bell Book & Candle

West Village

The deal: $1 oysters (at the bar only); $5 drafts, $4 off house cocktails
When: All day, every day

Fish

The deal: “Red White and Blue Special” -- six Blue Points plus a PBR or house wine for $9.99
When: All day, every day 

Greenwich Project

The deal: $1 oysters, half off cheese plates and wine flights
When: Mon-Fri from 5-7pm

Lelabar

The deal: Market oysters for $1.50 each
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays from open until they sell out

Mermaid Oyster Bar

The deal: $1 East Coast oysters, $5 beer, $7 wine, $8 cocktails
When: Monday all day; Tues-Fri from 5-7pm; Sat & Sun from 4-7pm

Virgola

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 4-8pm

Jeffrey's Grocery

The deal: $1.50 Blue Points
When: Weekdays from 4-6pm

The Bedford

Williamsburg

The deal: $2 Blue Point oysters
When: Mon-Sun from 4-6pm in the restaurant, 4-8pm at the back bar

Desnuda

The deal: $1 East Coasters, $5 beer, $7 wine
When: Tues-Thurs from 6-7pm, as well as all day on Sundays and Mondays

Maison Premiere

The deal: The selection changes frequently, but oysters usually start at $2.35
When: Mon-Fri from 4-7pm

St. Mazie

The deal: $1.50 oysters and discounts on drinks
When: Daily from 6-8pm

Extra Fancy

The deal: $2 select oysters
When: Sun-Thurs from 12am-2:30am

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Jane Asher is a former editorial intern at Thrillist who first tried oysters at a buck-a-shuck happy hour, and wouldn't eat them any other way. Follow her: @janemeredith.