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Aw, Shucks: 20 Unbeatable Oyster Happy Hours in Manhattan

Forget happy hours that mean two for one beer deals and $1 off well drink specials. Take your Mondays through Fridays to new amazing places from 5-8PM by getting your fill of oysters at these 20 Manhattan joints that will forever change the way you think about happy hour.

By / July 5, 2016



Sel Rrose

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Monday-Friday, 5 PM – 7 PM & Friday-Sunday, 4 PM – 6 PM
FYI: Sel Rrose prides itself on its cocktails as much as it does its oysters, with the French-inspired Lavender Piscine (sparkling, lavender ice, herbs de provence syrup, grapefruit bitters) being a customer favorite.


The Ten Bells

The deal: $1 oysters, $15 carafe of wine
When: Daily, Opening – 7 PM
FYI: This tapas restaurant is known for its natural wines, AKA wines made from organic or biodynamic grapes.



The deal: $1 oysters, half priced drinks
When: Monday-Wednesday, 5 PM – 8 PM & Thursday, 5 PM – 12 AM & Friday, 5 PM – 8 PM $ Sunday, 6 PM – 10 PM
FYI: Keep Tuesdays in mind when visiting Essex for half off on bottles of wine.



East Village

Zadie’s Oyster Room

The deal: half off select oysters, bubbles & beer
When: Monday-Friday, 5 PM – 7 PM
FYI: This restaurant, which just opened in June, is owned by the same owner of the upscale Italian Hearth Restaurant.


The Mermaid Inn

The deal: East Coast Oysters for $1, $5 beers, $7 wine, $8 cocktails
When: Daily, 5 PM – 7 PM
FYI: With two additional locations on the UWS and in Greenwich Village, you can choose the location easiest for you.



The deal: 6 oysters and a beer for $12
When: Daily, 5 PM – 7 PM
FYI: Upsate is small with limited seating, so prepare to wait.


The Wayland

The deal: $1 East Coast oysters, $7 cocktails
When: Daily, 4 PM – 7 PM
FYI: The Wayland’s happy hour cocktail selection includes a sazerac, margarita, and cucumber collins.


Black Market NYC

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 5 PM – 7 PM
FYI: Make sure you save room for a burger with a side of fries at this place.


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West Village


The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 4 PM – 12 AM
FYI: Virgola doesn’t take reservations, but they do have locations in Alphabet City and the East Village, so you have a few options.



The John Dory Oyster Bar

The deal: $2 oysters and clams, $5 oyster shooters, and half off Kelso Pilsner, sparkling wine, riesling
When: Monday-Friday, 5 PM – 7 PM & Saturday-Sunday, 12 PM – 3 PM
FYI: The John Dory Oyster Bar is located inside of the Ace Hotel.


Barn Joo

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 4 PM – 7 PM
FYI: Hanging ropes and wood-paneled walls give this spot one heck of a cool ambiance to enjoy cheap oysters.



Grand Central Oyster Bar

The deal: $1.25 Bluepoint oysters, $1 clams, $3.25 clam chowder, $5 oyster shooters
When: Monday-Wednesday, 4:30 PM – 7 PM & Saturday, 1 PM – 5 PM
FYI: Head here for oysters with a side of history, considering the Grand Central Oyster Bar first opened in 1913.


Crave Fishbar

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Daily, 5 PM – 7 PM
FYI: The oysters are delicious, but so is the entire menu at Crave Fishbar. If you’re looking to do more than oysters, we recommend trying the fluke ceviche tostada.



Financial District

Pier A Harbor House

The deal: 8 oysters and a pint of Guinness or Brooklyn Brewery Long Hall Lager for $18.86
When: Daily, 4 PM – 6 PM
FYI: Their happy hour deal is called the 1886 Special, and the type of oysters you get is up to the chef.


The Dead Rabbit

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Monday-Friday, 5 PM – 7 PM
FYI: The happy hour deal is restricted to the Parlour, so get there right as the deal begins to score a seat.




Cull & Pistol Oyster Bar

The deal: $1 oysters
When: Monday-Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM
FYI: Because of its location inside of Chelsea Market, you’ll have plenty of easy options for grabbing dessert afterward.




El Paso

The deal: $1 oysters, $4 draught beer
When: Monday-Friday, 3 PM – 7 PM
FYI: If you don’t get too drunk on happy hour beer, we suggest splurging on one of El Paso’s baller tequila flights.


Hell’s Kitchen


The deal: $1.50 oysters (minimum of 6), half price drinks
When: Daily for the oysters, Sunday-Friday, 3 PM – 6 PM for the drinks
FYI: This intimate restaurant is perfect for a date night or a special evening with friends.


El Colmado

The deal: $1 oysters, 6 oysters & glass of house cava for $11
When: Monday-Friday, 3 PM – 7 PM
FYI: El Colmado is located inside of Gotham West Market and features an amazing menu of Spanish tapas, so don’t fill up on only oysters unless that’s your goal, of course.



Flex Mussels

The deal: Oysters are 6 for $9 or 12 for $18, wine for $7, cocktails for $8
When: Daily, 5:30 PM – 7 PM
FYI: Arrive early to catch the 90 minute happy hour window, since the deal is only available at the bar and counter.


Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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  1. On the UWS, we have the Mermaid Inn (Amsterdam at 87th), where oysters are $1 at happy hour. They have other tasty happy hour snacks and drinks. And you get a tiny cup of chocolate pudding at the end!

  2. I was thinking the same thing Rick until I looked at the article title. But Littleneck in Gowanus is the place to go! Oysters and Narangansetts til you work an appetite up for one the great nabe joints.

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