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Eater's 2014 Oyster Happy Hour Guide

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The rule of only eating oysters during the "r" months has become outdated, but some purists still prefer to focus on the raw bar item before summer spawning season hits. Much like last year, Eater has rounded up the restaurants in town serving these discounted bivalves during happy hour. Check out several places to experience the wide range of flavors that different types of oysters can offer.

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Black's Bar & Kitchen

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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. Boutique oysters including those signature oysters, are $2.50, and premiums are $2.95.

Clyde's of Gallery Place

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Clyde's (Gallery Place, Tower Oaks and Tysons Corner) feature happy hours when all raw bar items are half price. Choose from a variety of platters with items such as oysters, Jonah crab claws, lobsters, shrimp, and littleneck clams, depending on location. The deals run 3 to 6 pm and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. at Clyde's of Gallery Place Sunday-Thursday. Clyde's of Tysons Corner happy hour is seven days a week from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight. Hours vary by the day at Tower Oaks.

Old Ebbitt Grill

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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.

Hank's Oyster Bar

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Hank's has always been the go-to specialty oyster happy hour around town. And with three locations, it's relatively easy to get to one for $1 oyster happy hour. The deal runs Monday-Friday at the Dupont, Alexandria and Capitol Hill locations from 5-7 p.m.

J. Paul's

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J Paul's offers half-priced raw bar every Wednesday until closing, according to the restaurant's website.

Legal Sea Foods

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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-Friday, from 4-7 p.m. They've also added a late night option: the deal is good 10 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday, and from 11 p.m. to close on Friday.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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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.. On Monday, it's Oyster Mania, which means half off the entire list of raw oysters and $3 off hot oyster plates.

Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar

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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.

Republic

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Jeff Black's newest place, Republic, has $1 oysters during happy hour, along with discounted cocktails, beer and bar bites. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 3-7 p.m.

Zentan has $1 War Shore and Battle Creek oysters during its Thursday happy hour from 3-7 p.m.

Rappahanock Oyster Bar

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One of D.C.'s newest oyster bars is inside Union Market. The restaurant is currently offering $1 oysters and $4 selected wines and beers on Tuesdays-Saturdays 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. through March.

P.J. Clarke's

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P.J. Clarke's offers $1 oysters at the bar daily during happy hour, 2:45-7 and after 10 p.m.. Additionally, sometime in April (when patio weather starts up), they will launch a steeper discount on Tuesdays, though they're still finalizing specifics.

Senart's Oyster & Chop House

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Select oysters are $1 during happy hour at Senart's, which runs from 4-7 p.m.. Ask a server for details: there are sometimes other raw bar specials, too.

Trummer's on Main

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Trummer's has been offering half off Rappahannock River Oysters all night during some Fridays this winter.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant (K Street)

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McCormick & Schmick's discounted happy hour food items change regularly and vary by location. But check with your local location - the K Street one has $4.99 oyster shooters during happy hour right now, for example.

Always ready with a great happy hour deal, Urbana features chef's choice oysters for $1 during happy hour, daily from 4-7 p.m.

Eat The Rich

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Eat the Rich has $1 oysters (plus discounted beers) for its industry night happy hour, which runs 11 p.m. to close daily.

Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

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Waterfront institution Tony & Joe's offers 1/2 off raw bar items, including oysters, Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. (there are drink specials, too).

The Fish Market Restaurant

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The Fish Market's 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.

Black's Bar & Kitchen

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. Boutique oysters including those signature oysters, are $2.50, and premiums are $2.95.

Clyde's of Gallery Place

Clyde's (Gallery Place, Tower Oaks and Tysons Corner) feature happy hours when all raw bar items are half price. Choose from a variety of platters with items such as oysters, Jonah crab claws, lobsters, shrimp, and littleneck clams, depending on location. The deals run 3 to 6 pm and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. at Clyde's of Gallery Place Sunday-Thursday. Clyde's of Tysons Corner happy hour is seven days a week from 3-6 p.m. and 10 p.m.-midnight. Hours vary by the day at Tower Oaks.

Old Ebbitt Grill

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.

Hank's Oyster Bar

Hank's has always been the go-to specialty oyster happy hour around town. And with three locations, it's relatively easy to get to one for $1 oyster happy hour. The deal runs Monday-Friday at the Dupont, Alexandria and Capitol Hill locations from 5-7 p.m.

J. Paul's

J Paul's offers half-priced raw bar every Wednesday until closing, according to the restaurant's website.

Legal Sea Foods

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-Friday, from 4-7 p.m. They've also added a late night option: the deal is good 10 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday, and from 11 p.m. to close on Friday.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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.. On Monday, it's Oyster Mania, which means half off the entire list of raw oysters and $3 off hot oyster plates.

Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar

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.

Republic

Jeff Black's newest place, Republic, has $1 oysters during happy hour, along with discounted cocktails, beer and bar bites. Happy Hour is Monday-Friday 3-7 p.m.

Zentan

Zentan has $1 War Shore and Battle Creek oysters during its Thursday happy hour from 3-7 p.m.

Rappahanock Oyster Bar

One of D.C.'s newest oyster bars is inside Union Market. The restaurant is currently offering $1 oysters and $4 selected wines and beers on Tuesdays-Saturdays 7 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sundays 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. through March.

P.J. Clarke's

P.J. Clarke's offers $1 oysters at the bar daily during happy hour, 2:45-7 and after 10 p.m.. Additionally, sometime in April (when patio weather starts up), they will launch a steeper discount on Tuesdays, though they're still finalizing specifics.

Senart's Oyster & Chop House

Select oysters are $1 during happy hour at Senart's, which runs from 4-7 p.m.. Ask a server for details: there are sometimes other raw bar specials, too.

Trummer's on Main

Trummer's has been offering half off Rappahannock River Oysters all night during some Fridays this winter.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant (K Street)

McCormick & Schmick's discounted happy hour food items change regularly and vary by location. But check with your local location - the K Street one has $4.99 oyster shooters during happy hour right now, for example.

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Urbana

Always ready with a great happy hour deal, Urbana features chef's choice oysters for $1 during happy hour, daily from 4-7 p.m.

Eat The Rich

Eat the Rich has $1 oysters (plus discounted beers) for its industry night happy hour, which runs 11 p.m. to close daily.

Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

Waterfront institution Tony & Joe's offers 1/2 off raw bar items, including oysters, Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. (there are drink specials, too).

The Fish Market Restaurant

The Fish Market's 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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