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Eater's 2016 Oyster Happy Hour Guide

Where to find cheap oysters in D.C.

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One of the most popular happy hour promotions in town is the $1 oyster. And since the rule of avoiding the bivalve during months without "r" in them is now outdated, it's the kind of special that can be enjoyed even during the summer.

In fact, it's nearly guaranteed there's a local restaurant offering an oyster deal whenever the craving strikes. Most of them serve discounted oysters during weekday happy hours, but All Set, Clyde's, Eat the Rich, and Pop's Sea Bar all do late night deals on various days. Chasin' Tails offers $1 oysters all day long on Wednesdays, and several restaurants even offer discounts on weekends.

Here's an updated guide to the cheapest oysters in town, including $1 oysters, half-priced raw bar happy hours, and slightly more expensive but still affordable deals. Enjoy them with champagne, discounted drinks or just on their own.

—Jamie Liu, Missy Frederick, Meredith Bethune

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Black's Bar & Kitchen

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7750 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 652-5525
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Chef Jeff Black's restaurants have become a force in the oyster world with two signature oysters. At Black's Bar and Kitchen, Chesapeake Bay oysters are $2.25 and two for one during happy hour.
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2. Clyde's (Multiple locations)

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707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 349-3700
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At Clyde's of Gallery Place from Sunday-Thursday 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. All raw bar items are half price. The deal is only valid at the bar. Several other Clyde's locations have similar deals, but can change regularly; call for specifics.

3. Old Ebbitt Grill

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675 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800
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Old Ebbitt Grill is a great setting to enjoy half-off raw bar options, including oysters, seven days a week from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to closing.

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4. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple Locations)

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1624 Q St NW, Washington
D.C., 20009
(202) 462-4265
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Hank's has always been a go-to specialty oyster happy hour around town. And with three locations, it's relatively easy to get cheap oysters there. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. and oysters are $1.25 at all locations. There’s also a night happy hour seven days a week.
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5. J. Paul's

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3218 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 333-3450
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J Paul's has $1.50 oysters (minimum six) Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.
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6. Legal Sea Foods

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704 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 347-0007
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Legal Seafoods might be a chain restaurant, but with respect to raw oysters it means a steady supply chain of great oysters. Get half a dozen for $6, Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m.
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7. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612
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Enjoy oysters in royal fashion at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace with 2 for 1 oysters during its Monday-Friday happy hour from 4-7 p.m..

8. Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar

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1054 31st St Nw
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-8855
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In the middle of pricey Georgetown, Sea Catch is a savior. Get $1 oysters and half price drinks during its happy hour, which runs Monday-Friday, 5-7 p.m.
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9. Republic

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6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-3000
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Republic has discounted oysters from Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then late night after dinner service, so Sunday from 9 p.m.-12:30 a.m; Monday-Thursday 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-1:30 a.m. During these hours, local Chesapeake Bay oysters are $1 and others are $2.35.

10. Rappahanock Oyster Bar

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 544-4702
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Find $1 oysters at this Union Market hot spot from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.
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11. P.J. Clarke's

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1600 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 463-6610
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It's half off oysters and beers from 5-p.m. to close at P.J. Clarke's.
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12. Senart's Oyster & Chop House

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520 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1168
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Senart's has $1.50 and $2 oysters from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 3-7 p.m. on weekends.
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13. Urbana

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2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 956-6650
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Always ready with a great happy hour deal, Urbana offers a $5 oyster plate during happy hour Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m.

14. Eat The Rich

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1839 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Eat the Rich has $1 oysters (plus discounted beers) for its late night happy hour, which runs 11 p.m. to close daily (and kicks off 9:30 p.m. on Sundays). The restaurant also has $1 Rappahannock oysters during its local happy hour from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays.
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15. Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

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3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 944-4545
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Waterfront institution Tony & Joe's has half-priced oysters from 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.
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16. The Fish Market Restaurant

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105 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-5676
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The Fish Marketss happy hour runs Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. There are several drink and food specials, and raw oysters are among the half-priced appetizers.
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17. All Set Restaurant & Bar

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8630 Fenton St
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 495-8800
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There are $1.50 oysters among other food deals at this new addition to Silver Spring from 3-6:30 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Monday-Saturdays and all day Sunday.
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18. BlackSalt

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4883 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-9101
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BlackSalt has half dozen boutique oysters for $6 and a dozen for $12 from 4-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays and 4-6 p.m. on weekends.

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19. Grillfish

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1200 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 331-7310
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Grillfish has $1 oysters from Monday-Friday 4-7 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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20. Orange Anchor

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 802-9990
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There are $1 oysters at this new waterfront spot from Tuesday-Friday 4-7 p.m. Find other happy hour deals there as well.

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21. Pop's SeaBar

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1817 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 534-3933
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Find $1 oysters at Pop's from 3:30-6:30 p.m. as well as during late night industry happy hour.

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22. The Gryphon

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1337 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 827-8980
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"Social hour" at The Gryphon half-off drinks and raw bar items from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

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23. Brine

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2985 District Ave
Fairfax, VA 22031
Brine's happy hour is $1 Rappahannock oysters from 3:30-7 p.m. throughout the entire restaurant.

24. Open Road Grill & Icehouse

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Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
(571) 395-4400
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This Falls Church roadhouse features $1 oysters on Tuesday nights starting at 4 p.m..
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25. Union Street Public House

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121 S Union St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-1785
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Union Street Public House has six oysters for $7.50 or 12 for $15 from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

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26. Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab

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750 15th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 489-0140
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Oysters are half-off during Joe's cocktail hour from 2:30-6:30 p.m.

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27. Lyon Hall

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3100 Washington Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201
(703) 741-7636
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Oyster Monday means $1 oysters from all day at this Clarendon haunt.
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28. Ventnor Sports Cafe

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2411 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-3070
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There are $1 oysters available at Ventnor during happy hour on Thursdays-Friday from 4-11 p.m..
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29. Chasin' Tails

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2200 N Westmoreland St #103
Arlington, VA 22213
(703) 538-2565
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This Cajun restaurant is now offering a dozen oysters for $12 on Wednesdays. There's now a Centreville location, too.
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30. Copperwood Tavern

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4021 Campbell Avenue
Arlington, VA 22206
Copperwood Tavern has $1 oysters in the bar area during weekday happy hour (until 7 p.m.)
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31. The Wine Kitchen (Multiple Locations)

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7 S King St
Leesburg, VA 20175
(703) 777-9463
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The Wine Kitchen has $1 oysters during happy hour (3-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday).

32. Mussel Bar & Grille

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7262 Woodmont Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-7817
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Mussel Bar has $1 chef choice oysters during happy hour (4-6 p.m. daily, late night 9:30 to close Sunday-Thursday, all day Monday).
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33. Pennsylvania 6 DC

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1350 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 796-1600
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There are $1 oysters from 4-7 p.m. weekdays at this new downtown haunt.
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34. Sea Pearl

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8191 Strawberry Ln
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 372-5161
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Sea Pearl has $1 oysters in the lounge Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.
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35. Trummer's on Main

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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Trummer's offers half-off Rappahannock River oysters during some Friday happy hours starting at 5:30 p.m.
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36. Ivy City Smokehouse

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1356 Okie St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
This new addition to Ivy City offers one of the best deals in town. Shucked oysters are $1 from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday in the wholesale warehouse's new upstairs bar.

37. Assaggi Osteria

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6641 Old Dominion Dr
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 918-0080
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Assagi offers $1 oysters from 3-6 p.m. daily.

38. Dogwood Tavern

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132 W Broad St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 237-8333
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Tuesdays are Raw Bar night at Dogwood, and oysters are $8 a dozen from 4 p.m. to close, along with other raw bar deals.

39. William Jeffrey's Tavern

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2301 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
(703) 746-6333
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Tuesdays are dollar oyster night at this Arlington bar, which offers them from 4 p.m. to close, along with other specials like $8 King crab clusters. They also offer a combo with three oysters, a King crab leg and spicy peel and eat shrimp for $10.

40. Catch 15

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1518 K St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 969-2858
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Oysters are $1.50 each on Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at this K Street restaurant.

41. Oceanaire Seafood Room

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1201 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 347-2277
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Starting July 3, Oceanaire will start offering $1 oysters every Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

1. Black's Bar & Kitchen

7750 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
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Chef Jeff Black's restaurants have become a force in the oyster world with two signature oysters. At Black's Bar and Kitchen, Chesapeake Bay oysters are $2.25 and two for one during happy hour.
7750 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Clyde's (Multiple locations)

707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
At Clyde's of Gallery Place from Sunday-Thursday 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.- 1 a.m. All raw bar items are half price. The deal is only valid at the bar. Several other Clyde's locations have similar deals, but can change regularly; call for specifics.
707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005
Old Ebbitt Grill is a great setting to enjoy half-off raw bar options, including oysters, seven days a week from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. and from 11 p.m. to closing.

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675 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Hank's Oyster Bar (Multiple Locations)

1624 Q St NW, Washington, D.C., 20009
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Hank's has always been a go-to specialty oyster happy hour around town. And with three locations, it's relatively easy to get cheap oysters there. Happy Hour is Monday through Friday from 3-7 p.m. and oysters are $1.25 at all locations. There’s also a night happy hour seven days a week.
1624 Q St NW, Washington
D.C., 20009

5. J. Paul's

3218 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007