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The Best Oyster Happy Hours In NYC

Our favorite spots for discounted shellfish.

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.


El Pingüino

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: Half-Off Oysters; Half-Off Glasses of Sherry; $12 Martinis

At this Spanish seafood bar in Greenpoint you’ll find a transistor radio playing indie music, a cartoon poster of a wine-drunk penguin, and a pack of neighborhood people wearing glasses and baseball caps seated in tiny wooden booths. Come for drinks and snacks with a date or a friend during the daily Happy Hour from 4-7pm, when oysters are half-off and martinis cost $12.

When: Monday-Friday, 3-6pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters; $5 Chicken Slider; $12 Cocktails; $12 Wine; $10 Beer and Shot; $7 Beer

Nobody Told Me is a neighborhood cocktail spot on the UWS, with tropical wallpaper and drinks with ingredients like pineapple-infused rum and coconut cashew milk. If you can slip out of work a bit early, get a seat near the big windows up front and enjoy $1.50 oysters, discounted drinks, and sliders from 3-6pm.

When: Daily, 12-6pm

The Deal: $9 for 1/2 Dozen Oysters; $18 for a Dozen Oysters; $11 Specialty Cocktails; $10 Wine; $6-$8 Beer

At Fish Cheeks, a popular Thai restaurant in Noho, you’ll probably encounter a wait, but the food will be worth it. Come by during the afternoon Happy Hour when there’s less of a wait, or head over at 5pm for the same deals.

When: Monday-Friday, 4-6pm

The Deal: Half-Off Full Oyster List

When we’ve got the itch to throw back a dozen oysters and some beers in a place without windows (we have very specific cravings), we like to come to one of our favorite spots in Chelsea Market. The Happy Hour is the best way to dive into oysters at Cull & Pistol.

When: Daily, Until 7pm

The Deal: $1.50 Select Oysters (minimum 6 pieces)

ROKC (Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen, and Cocktails) is a cozy Harlem spot with a nice rotating selection of oysters and cocktails that are truly unlike any other cocktails we’ve had elsewhere. You won’t find those drinks on their Happy Hour menu, but you can get select oysters for $1.50 until 7pm.

When: Daily, 3:30-5:30pm

The Deal: $1.50 Blue Point Oysters, Select Appetizers Discounted

Marseille bills itself as one of Broadway’s favorite dining destinations—and while we’ve never spotted Ben Platt there reviewing sheet music over steak frites, you will find plenty of theater goers having pre-show meals at this Hell's Kitchen restaurant. There are no drink specials to go with your discounted oysters, but they do knock a few dollars off their dinner menu classics like escargot and duck liver mousse.

When: Tuesday-Sunday, 3-5pm

The Deal: Half-Off Oysters; Discounted Snacks; $8 Select Cocktails; $7 Wine; $4 Narragansett Lagers

On paper, The Clam doesn’t seem like the most exciting place to leave work early for on this list. It’s indistinguishable from any other generic West Village restaurant, and its discounted prices are on the higher-end, at $2 each. But this place lives up to the shellfish in its name, exceeding expectations with high quality oyster options and other intriguing seafood specials, like $3 jumbo shrimp yakitori and $5 buffalo clam strips.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters; $10 Wine

Oysters along the waterfront are a no-brainer, and The Osprey is our favorite waterfront hotel restaurant for indulging in overpriced but delicious food. Almost everything served here is local and sustainably sourced, including the shellfish and $10 glasses of wine. Afterwards, take a sunset walk in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

When: Daily, 12-6pm

The Deal: $2 East Coast Oysters; Discounted Drinks

Those working the night shift deserve discounted oysters too. You can get dollar oysters from 12-6pm every day at Greenpoint Fish & Lobster, as well as other establishments (Threes Brewing on Franklin and The Hugh in Midtown) where this fish market and restaurant sells their food. At the original location, they’ll shuck them in front of you, and you can also get some clams and uni.


When: Tuesday-Friday, 4-6pm; Happy Hour Raw Bar All Day Sunday

The Deal: Half-Dozen Oysters for $12; Dozen Oysters for $24; 3 Clams for $6; 3 Cocktail Shrimp for $12; $12 Select Cocktails; $2 Off All Beer and Cider

Oyster Enthusiasts, here’s a very specific life-hack just for you. At Mar’s in Astoria, Happy Hour oysters go for $2 a piece, and select cocktails go for $12. But the $12 mignonette martini? It’s also served with an oyster. The math is mathing in our favor, and we have no further questions. Happy Hour clams and shrimp are also available.

When: Daily, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters; Discounted Drinks and Food

Sea Wolf is a fun place to hang out when you want to feel like you’re on a quick getaway to that other coast across the country. The beachy vibe, nightly DJs, and ode to surf culture make it a fitting place to keep the oysters and frozen drinks coming as the sun starts to set.

Café Standard

When: Daily, 4-6pm

The Deal: $12 Half-Dozen Oysters; Discounted Snacks; $12 Select Cocktails; $10 Select Wine; $9 Select Sparkling; $5 Select Beer

This is a 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 this place in mind for all your last-minute seafood needs.

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When: Daily, 4-6pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters-$2 Oysters; Discounted Food and Drinks; $35 Bottle of Conquilla Cava

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 so than Crave Fishbar. Their menu is filled with seafood hits, but the oyster Happy Hour is particularly excellent, as all their assorted oysters are between $1.50 and $2.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; $6 Narragansett; $10 Select Wine; $12 Select Cocktails; $6 Tots; $18 Shrimp Cocktail

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 stop by with someone you can only tolerate chatting with for about an hour.

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When: Monday-Friday, 5-7pm

The Deal: $10 Half-Dozen Oysters; $18 Dozen Oysters; $7 Oyster Shooters; $12 Burger and a Beer; $8 Fried Oysters; $10 Select Cocktails; $4-$5 Select Beer; $9 Select Wine

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 a dozen oysters for $18 and have discounts on their excellent cocktails.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters, $10 Cocktails, $5 Draft Beer

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.

When: Fridays, 4-7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters; Half-Off Martinis

Sel Rrose is a sceney LES seafood spot with an oyster Happy Hour that happens Fridays 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 good place to have in your back pocket.

When: Daily, until 7pm

The Deal: $1 Oysters, $18 Carafe Of Wine

A 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 always 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.

When: Daily, 5-7pm

The Deal: $1.50 Oysters, $6 Drafts; $9 Cocktails and Frozen Drinks; $7 Select Wine; $21 Carafes

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.

When: Monday-Thursday, 6-7pm, Friday-Sunday, 5-7pm

The Deal: $2 Oysters; $16 For 6 Oysters And A Glass Of Bubbles; $6 House Wine; $5 House Beer

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 $2 oysters.

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