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The Best Happy Hour Oyster Deals In Chicago

PHOTO: Christina Slaton

We love oysters. A lot. But they're expensive. The key is to get them when they won't break the bank, so knowing about good oyster deals is important. We scoped out some of the best oyster happy hours around town so you didn't accidentally spend too much money trying to figure it out. A few are early happy hours, while others are special late-night deals.

Here are our favorite places to grab cheap oysters in Chicago.

the spots

1
8.0
MAP

The Deal: All Oysters $1

When: Every day, 3-6pm

Leave it to one of the best and most classic seafood restaurants in town to have a great oyster deal. Hugo's daily special is a steal, and one you should be taking advantage of. Fair warning: you'll be tempted to end up ordering a full-blown meal, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Sit in the bar for a more informal setting than the dining room.

2
7.8
MAP

The Deal: 1/2 off oysters, limit of 12 per person

When: Monday-Friday 3-6pm

So GT isn't going to let you steal all of their oysters, but we can still get down with a dozen half-off oysters to ourselves. That's a good deal for this somewhat sceney River North restaurant.

3

Paramount Room

415 N Milwaukee Ave
MAP

The Deal: $1 oysters

When: Every day, 3-6:30pm and 9pm-kitchen close (changes depending on day of the week)

Paramount room is a bar we like for their burgers more than anything else, but $1 oysters every day can't be beat. The beauty of Paramount's deal is you can go early or go late and still cash-in on the cheap oysters. Get a couple of drinks and even one of those burgers for an all-around solid meal.

4

Fish Bar

Lakeview
2956 N Sheffield Ave
7.7
MAP

The Deal: $1 oysters

When: Monday-Thursday 9-11pm

If you're going to eat a late dinner anyway, you might as well do it at Fish Bar to take advantage of their $1 oysters. We always think of Fish Bar as the Midwest version of a lobster or clam shack - it's super casual, and mostly bar seating. Between the $1 oysters and the other seafood shared plates you can get yourself a nice spread.

5

Hubbard Inn

110 W Hubbard St
MAP

The Deal: $1 oysters, $1 clams, $2 shrimp cocktail, $2 scallop crudo, $2 king crab leg

When: Monday-Friday 3-6pm

We normally treat Hubbard Inn as a bar, but there's also a happy hour seafood party you should get in on. You, shrimp, oysters, crabs, scallops, and even king crab can get down together for relatively cheap. This is a great Friday move as you transition into the weekend.

6

Oyster Bah

Lincoln Park
1962 N Halsted St
7.0
MAP

The Deal: 1/2 off oysters ($18/dozen)

When: Monday-Thursday 5-6pm, Friday-Sunday 3-6pm

Having good oysters is imperative if you're going to call a restaurant Oyster Bah. Luckily, the oysters are the best part of this place, especially during the week when they break down to $1.50 a pop.

7

Devon Seafood Grill

39 E Chicago Ave
MAP

The Deal: Wednesday is $1 Oysters. Monday-Friday is $2 oysters, $2.50 jumbo shrimp, and $3.50 lobster claws

Don't forget about Devon seafood near Michigan Avenue. The bar area is casual and they have great shellfish offers all week. If you live or work in the Gold Coast, Wednesdays are a great move for $1 oysters, or stop by any day of the workweek for the cheap shrimp and lobster claws.

Photo: Devon Seafod
8

Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave
MAP

The Deal: $1 raw oysters, $2 grilled oysters, half off Mezcal Copita drinks

When: $1 raw oysters all night Monday, $2 grilled oysters from 7-9pm Monday

We usually think about Frontier for their meat offerings, but Monday nights are all about the oysters. It's a large, casual space with a great outdoor area, which makes Frontier the perfect spot to do something entertaining but not too expensive on a Monday night.

9

The Bedford

1612 W. Division St.
MAP

The Deal: $1 oysters and half off champagne

When: Thursdays

By the time Thursday rolls around you're looking to get out of your cubicle hole and do something fun. Head to Bedford, where you can hang in the posh bar in a building that used to be a bank, and enjoy $1 oysters and half off champagne. You deserve it.

10

Le Bouchon

Bucktown
1958 N Damen Ave
8.2
MAP

The Deal: $1 oysters at the bar

When: Thursdays

Our favorite French brasserie in Bucktown also wants you to come eat all of the oysters on Thursdays. The bar is small, with only a handful of seats, but it's well worth it to go with one another person or even solo. Throw in another dish or two with a glass of wine or three and you're looking at an excellent dinner.

11

Benny’s Chop House

444 N Wabash Ave
MAP

The Deal: Dozen oysters for $17.99, half dozen for $8.99

When: Wednesdays

Formal steakhouses usually sell you a dozen oysters for $1,000,000, but Benny's wants to cut you some slack on Wednesdays. Sit at the bar for a happy hour situation and get a drink to go along with it. You can dive into the menu if you want, but there will be no special half-off deals there.

12

Chop Shop

2033 W. North Ave.
MAP

The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: 5-7pm on Wednesdays

Chop Shop is a casual spot in Wicker Park with a bar area, dining room, and an excellent rooftop. Their Wednesday oyster special is ideal because it runs until 7pm, so you don't have to rush there. Plus, oysters are always better if you can eat them outside.

13

Kinmont

419 W Superior St
MAP

The Deal: $1 oysters

When: Wednesdays

An underrated spot for not only oysters, but seafood in general. Kinmont is on the quieter west side of River North, but they have a great selection of $1 oysters on Wednesdays and will bring you a dozen at a time, as many times as you want. The rest of the food will surprise you too, including a whole branzino for $34 that's big enough to share.

14

RM Champagne Salon

116 N Green St
MAP

The Deal: $1 Oysters

When: 5-8pm on Tuesdays

A great spot in the West Loop to bring a date or catch up with a few friends. Although, if you're going to bring a date, make sure it's the kind of date who's cool with the fact you're coming for a $1 oyster deal. Don't make a first date think he/she is only worth discounted $1 oysters without disclosing that info beforehand.

15

Smack Shack

326 North Morgan Street
MAP

The Deal: $1.50 Bluepoint Oysters

When: 3-6pm, Tuesday-Friday in the bar only

Smack Shack is at the base of the new Google building in Fulton Market, and it's a massive restaurant. That means you shouldn't have any issue finding some space in the bar for the special oyster deals. There are also a number of happy hour food specials like fries for $1 and wings for $6, so you can have quite the happy hour feast here without spending too much. Invite everyone you know because there's plenty of space.

16

Shaw's Crab House

21 E. Hubbard St.
MAP

The Deal: 1/2 off oysters ($18/dozen)

When: 4-6pm every day

Shaw's is a fancy seafood restaurant in River North where we like to get extravagant with mass quantities of oysters and crab legs, particularly when somebody else is paying the bill. If you're stuck with your own bill, then the oyster bar at Shaw's, which is size of most other restaurants, is a good move. Happy hour is an even better move for the special 1/2 off deal.

Photo: Shaw's Crab House
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