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The Best Oyster Happy Hours In NYC

The best oyster happy hours across NYC.

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Updated May 26th, 2021

If oysters grew on trees, we’d be planting those things 24/7. Unfortunately, they grow in the ocean - where it’s cold and dark and full of squid so large we all just call them “giant squid.” And maybe that’s why oysters are so expensive. The good news is, oyster Happy Hours exist. Here’s our list of the best ones in NYC.

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Café Standard

$$$$ 25 Cooper Sq

When: Daily, 4-6pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters; Discounted Drinks

This is the little cafe on the ground floor of the Standard East Village where you can grab a drink and a few oysters any time of the day. They have a huge outdoor space with a bunch of patio tables out front that isn’t usually too crowded, so keep it in mind for all your last-minute seafood needs.

The Flower Shop

$$$$ 107 Eldridge St

When: Weekdays, 5-6pm

The Deal: $3 Oysters

Mostly, we like The Flower Shop because it’s fun to drink in a basement that feels like a suburban home from the 1970s. But sometimes we hang out in the restaurant on the ground floor, which is a nice place to eat oysters with coworkers or a date on the Lower East Side. Once you finish eating, you can head downstairs and play pool.



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Good Night Sonny

$$$$ 134 1st Ave

When: Daily, 4-6pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, $8 Cocktails

Good Night Sonny is a great casual cocktail bar where you can grab a little table by some big windows and have a conversation with someone. It’s perfect for a date, especially during Happy Hour when drinks are discounted and oysters are $1.

Flex Mussels

$$$$ 174 E 82nd St

When: Weekdays, 5:30-7pm; Weekends, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, Discounted Drinks

If you couldn’t tell from the name, this place specializes in shellfish. Most of the menu consists of mussels prepared in a bunch of different ways, but there’s also a daily selection of oysters. They’re only $1 during Happy Hour (which goes even longer on Saturdays and Sundays). The original Flex Mussels location is on the Upper East Side, but there’s another in the West Village for anyone who doesn’t want to go above 14th Street.

Belle Reve

American  in  Tribeca
$$$$ 305 Church St.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, $15 Burger and Narragansett

Belle Reve is a restaurant/bar in Tribeca, and it’s good for a lot of things: late-night dining, boozy brunch, casual hangs with your coworkers, etc. This place is kind of divey, but the food is better than you expect, and there are usually some weird/fun things happening at night. All that, and they do a Happy Hour from 4-7pm.

Jeffrey’s Grocery

$$$$ 172 Waverly Pl.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters

Jeffrey’s Grocery is a classic West Village neighborhood spot with an excellent raw bar and a whole lot of Feel Good Factor. The latter is amplified during Happy Hour, when you can have a bunch of $1.50 oysters.

Crave Fishbar

$$$$ 945 2nd Ave.

The Deal: $2.50 Oysters

When: Daily, 4-6pm

If you’re looking to eat delicious food and hang out in the mid-50’s on the east side, there’s no better place to do it than Crave Fishbar. The menu is filled with seafood hits, but the oyster Happy Hour is particularly excellent as all their assorted oysters are $2.50.

Bar Belly

$$$$ 14 Orchard St.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $4 Session Beers; $8 Wines; $8 Cocktails

Bar Belly is the ideal post-work hang for when you don’t want to commit to a full meal. Have a drink and eat oysters solo or with someone you can only tolerate chatting with for about an hour.



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The Wayland

$$$$ 700 E 9th St

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm

The Deal: $8 Cocktails; $1 Oysters; $5 Oyster Shooters; $7 Glasses Of Wine; $4-5 Beer

The Wayland is the ultimate all-purpose bar. You can use it for first dates, after-work hangs, and rowdy Saturday night drinking. But you should also be using it for weekday Happy Hour, when they serve $1 oysters and have discounts on their excellent cocktails.

Black Crescent

$$$$ 76 Clinton St

When: Daily, 6-8pm

The Deal: $.99 North Shore Oysters, $9 Cocktails, $3 Genesee Cream Ale, $8-9 Wine

It’s hard to come across a normal bar on the Lower East Side. You know, something without a gimmick. Like couches covered in plastic. Or arcade games. Or a toilet-less bathroom. Black Crescent has none of those things. It’s just a normal-looking room with good food and a great oyster Happy Hour.

The Mermaid Inn

$$$$ 570 Amsterdam Ave.

When: Daily, 4:30-6:30pm

The Deal: $1.25 Oysters; $1 Clams; $5 Draft Beers; $7 Wines; $8 Select Cocktails

There’s one Mermaid Inn on the UWS and a second in Chelsea. Both of them do the same oyster Happy Hour with some very affordable wine and beer. The UWS location is perfect for parents, the Chelsea one is great for a casual date night or a quick drink with someone’s younger sibling who wants your career advice. Choose accordingly.

Sel Rrose

$$$$ 1 Delancey St.

When: Weekdays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters

Sel Rrose is a sceney LES seafood spot with an excellent oyster Happy Hour that happens weekdays from 4-7pm. The oyster specials are always changing, and they have a lot of different options. If you work in the Soho/Nolita/Chinatown area, this is a great place to have in your back pocket.

The Ten Bells

$$$$ 247 Broome St.

When: Daily, until 7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, $15 Carafe Of Wine

A lower, Lower East Side staple for more than a decade now, The Ten Bells is one of those bars that’s always a good time. It has a ton of character, is filled with regulars, and has way better food than a fun wine bar in this part of town really needs to have. On top of that, they serve $1 oysters during Happy Hour.

Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar

$$$$ 95 1st Ave.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: Half-Dozen Oysters & A Beer For $12 or $16 With Wine

For quality per dollar, Upstate Oyster Bar’s $12, 6 oyster + 1 beer deal is tough to beat. Plus, Upstate gets their oysters fresh daily, and the special includes whatever is just coming in off the boat. This is the ultimate neighborhood restaurant - if you’ve never been, you are doing yourself a disservice.


AmericanSeafoodRaw Bar  in  Gowanus
$$$$ 288 3rd Ave.

When: Weekdays, until 7pm

The Deal: $1.25 Oysters, $1 Littleneck Clams

Littleneck is a place in Gowanus decorated like a fishing shack you’d find on a remote stretch of coastal Maine, and, unsurprisingly, they specialize in seafood. Stop by at Happy Hour and get some excellent oysters for $1.25 each, or go for the $1 littleneck clams. If you want to eat a full meal that’ll make you feel like you’re near a beach or at least some kind of pier, follow those things up with a lobster roll or some steamer clams.

Concord Hill

$$$$ 374 Graham Ave

When: Tuesday-Thursday, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $10 cocktails; $10 wine by the glass; $6 Shots

Concord Hill is a neighborhood spot that makes solid versions of all the things you’ve come to expect from a seasonal American place, and the little dining room is perfect for a weeknight dinner or a casual date. There’s also a little patio out front, and it’s where you should be enjoying their oyster Happy Hour when it’s nice out.


$$$$ 279 Grand St

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, Daily Food & Drink Specials

There are Brooklyn bars where you can play pool and others where you can sip natural wine, but at Maracuja in Williamsburg, you can do both. This overachieving dive bar doesn’t have a cocktail list, so the general policy for Happy Hour is “If you know it, we can make it.” Come sit on their casual patio for discounted seafood and drinks if you live nearby.

Pinkerton Wine Bar

$$$$ 263 N 6th St

When: All night, every night

The Deal: $1 Oysters

Technically this isn’t a Happy Hour (because it never ends), but you’ll still want to know about this place. Pinkerton is a wine bar in Williamsburg, and they do $1 oysters all night, every night. There’s also a good amount of space indoors and some nice outdoor seating in the summertime. It might not be as cool as the nearby Four Horsemen, but you also don’t have to wear something nice for fear that someone you follow on Instagram will see you.


$$$$ 688 Franklin Ave

When: Daily, 5-6:30pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $3 Cans of Beer; $5 Draft Beer; $6 Well Drinks and House Wine

One of our favorite restaurants in Crown Heights, Mayfield is the perfect place to stop in for an early evening snack and a drink. If you’re after more than oysters, you can also get a full dinner here - or you can just sit at the bar, watch some sports on TV, and see how many $3 beers you can get through before Happy Hour ends.

Greenpoint Fish and Lobster

$$$$ 114 Nassau Ave.

When: Monday-Friday, 2-6pm, Weekends 4-6pm

The Deal: $1.50 Select Oysters and Littleneck Clams; $5 Beer; $6 Draft Wine

We love this place for lobster rolls and fish tacos, we love it for grabbing a nice piece of fish to cook at home, and we love it for oyster Happy Hour. You can always count on Greenpoint Fish & Lobster’s selection to be fantastic, and that four-hour window means you have plenty of time to get your fill.


$$$$ 145 Borinquen Pl

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters from 6pm-7pm; $5 Select Beer; $8 House Wine, Happy Hour Cocktail

Lighthouse is a place where everything seems to move at a slower pace. The atmosphere is incredibly laid-back, it’s never too busy, and the Happy Hour wine price applies to whatever bottle is open. (Go ahead and stay for dinner too - the entire menu here is great.)

St. Mazie

$$$$ 345 Grand St

When: Monday-Thursday, 6-8pm, Weekends, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters; $12 For 6 Oysters And A Glass Of Sparkling Wine; $5 Tap Wines; $4 Brooklyn Lager; $3 Miller High Life

St. Mazie has become one of our favorite bars in Williamsburg. It has a fun, retro feel (without feeling kitschy), a pleasant back patio, and good live music most nights. Hit it during Happy Hour to take advantage of all of the $1.50 oysters. (And if you’re still hungry afterward, you can always walk across the street to Emmy Squared.)

Grand Army

$$$$ 336 State St

When: Wednesday-Friday, 4-6pm; Weekends, 2-4pm

The Deal: A Dozen Oysters for $25; $1 Off Draft Beer and Wine By The Glass

If you work or live near downtown Brooklyn, Grand Army’s oyster and cocktail situation should be on your radar. The drinks are good, and their food focuses on the raw bar. They serve a dozen oysters for $25 during Happy Hour, so go hang and take a load off.

Brooklyn Crab

$$$$ 24 Reed St.

When: All Day Tuesday & Wednesday

The Deal: $1 Oysters, $4 Narragansett Drafts

This rickety, beach-themed, indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant looks like it belongs on a boardwalk, in the sand, or on a dock. Mondays and Tuesdays are great days to head to Red Hook, eat a bucket of crabs, and chow down on $1 oysters. Maybe play in the sand or shoot a round of mini golf while you’re at it.

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