30 Places to Find Oyster Happy Hours in Boston

Slurp and save
July 27, 2015
by Scott Kearnan

Boston — as anyone who has lived here for more than one workweek knows — doesn't have traditional (read: boozy) happy hours. But we make do. Instead, we turn to solace in seafood: oysters, specifically. The city is full of bivalve specials every day of the week, and we've rounded up a few of the best — from discounted dozens to buck-a-shuck promos — available during select hours at various restaurants. Happy? More like, blissful. 

Abigail's$1 Island Creek oysters every Monday night from 5–7 PM. 291 Third Ave., Cambridge; 617-945-9086

AquitaineThe Boston location offers "7 Oysters for $7" at its "little bar" daily from 5–6:30 PM. The Dedham location, meanwhile, serves $1 oysters from 3–5 PM on Sundays through Thursdays. 569 Tremont St.; 617-424-8577

ArtBar. $1 oysters from 4–6 PM on Mondays through Fridays. (Plus $1 shrimp and $1 Jonah crab and gazpacho shooters.) 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-806-4122

Ashmont Grill. $1 oysters every Thursday starting at 5 PM. (Plus $1 clams and shrimp too.) 555 Talbot Ave., Dorchester; 617-825-4300

Boston Chops. $1 oysters every Sunday from 3–5 PM. 1375 Washington St.; 617-227-5011

Brine. $1 oysters every Thursday from 9 PM to close. 25 State St., Newburyport; 978-358-8479

Cinquecento$1 oysters on the patio (pictured) daily from 5–6 PM. 500 Harrison Ave.; 617-338-9500

Commonwealth. $1 oysters during Sunday brunch hours, 10 AM–2:30 PM. 11 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge; 617-945-7030

Dante. $1 oysters at the bar, daily from 4–6 PM. 40 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge; 617-497-4200

The Elephant Walk. During the summer the South End location offers $1 Island Creek oysters every Thursday from 4–6:30 PM and from the launch of lunch (11:30 AM) through 6:30 PM (or until they run out) on Fridays. 1415 Washington St.; 617-247-1500

GEM. $1 oysters all night on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 42 Province St.; 617-482-1213

Grafton Street. $1 oysters daily from 11 PM–1 AM. 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-497-0400

The IndependentHalf-priced oysters (pictured above) every Monday at the bar. (They normally shuck for $15 per half-dozen.) 75 Union Sq., Somerville; 617-440-6022

La BrasaDuring the summer, $1 oysters from 5–6 PM daily. (Except Tuesday, when the restaurant is closed.) 124 Broadway, Somerville; 617-764-1412

Legal CrossingHalf-price oysters (pictured below, normally $3 each) on the late-night menu (11 PM–2 AM) nightly. In fact, the whole raw bar goes half-price then. 558 Washington St.; 617-692-8888

Les Zygomates. $1 oysters from 4–6 PM on Mondays through Fridays. 129 South St.; 617-542-5108 

Lineage. $1 oysters at the bar from 5–7 PM on Mondays through Saturdays, and from 4–7 PM on Sundays. 242 Harvard St., Brookline; 617-232-0065

Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar. $1 oysters every Monday from 5 PM to close. 412 W. Broadway, South Boston; 617-917-5626

MarliaveHalf-priced oysters (normally $3 each) and clams (normally $2 each) every day from 4–6 PM and from 9–10 PM. 10 Bosworth St.; 617-422-0004

The Merchant$1 oysters every Monday after 8 PM. 60 Franklin St.; 617-482-6060

Noir. $1 oysters every Tuesday through Sunday from at 5 PM until they run out. They're available at the bar or with table service for a $15 minimum per person. 1 Bennett St., Cambridge; 617-661-8010

Puritan & Company $1 oysters on Tuesdays starting at 5:30 PM. 1166 Cambridge St., Cambridge; 617-615-6195

Russell House Tavern$1 oysters daily from 11 PM–1 AM. 14 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge; 617-500-3055

Serafina$1 oysters every Monday starting at 5 PM. 10 High St.; 617-426-1234

Stephi’s in Southie. "Buck-a-Shuck Night" every Thursday brings $1 oysters (and clams!) from 5–8 PM. 130 Dorchester Ave., South Boston; 617-345-5495

Tavern Road. On Mondays from 5–7 PM the restaurant hosts "Oysters, Pigs & Ponies" with $1 oysters, $2 pony beers and $3 charcuterie. 343 Congress St.; 617-790-0808

Ten TablesThe JP location offers $1 oysters at the bar from 3–5 PM on Sundays. 597 Centre St., Jamaica Plain; 617-524-8810

Terramia RistoranteStarting this Sunday, July 26, $1 oysters from 5–7 PM on Sundays through Thursdays. 98 Salem St.; 617-523-3112

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