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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The rule of only eating oysters during the "r" months has become outdated, but some purists still prefer to focus on the raw bar item before summer spawning season hits.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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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. Boutique oysters including those signature oysters, are $2.50, and premiums are $2.95.

2. Clyde's of Gallery Place

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707 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 349-3700
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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.

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.

4. Hank's Oyster Bar

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1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 462-4265
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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.

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

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-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.

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

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.

9. Republic

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6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 270-3000
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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.

10. Zentan

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1155 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 379-4366
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Zentan has $1 War Shore and Battle Creek oysters during its Thursday happy hour from 3-7 p.m.

11. Rappahanock Oyster Bar

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 544-4702
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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.

12. P.J. Clarke's

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1600 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 463-6610
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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.

13. Senart's Oyster & Chop House

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520 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 544-1168
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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.

14. Trummer's on Main

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7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 266-1623
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Trummer's has been offering half off Rappahannock River Oysters all night during some Fridays this winter.

15. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant (K Street)

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1652 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 861-2233
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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.

16. 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 features chef's choice oysters for $1 during happy hour, daily from 4-7 p.m.

17. 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 industry night happy hour, which runs 11 p.m. to close daily.

18. 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 offers 1/2 off raw bar items, including oysters, Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. (there are drink specials, too).

19. The Fish Market Restaurant

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105 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-5676
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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.

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1. Black's Bar & Kitchen

7750 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814
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.
7750 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814

2. Clyde's of Gallery Place

707 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.
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.
675 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Hank's Oyster Bar

1624 Q St NW, Washington, DC 20009
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.
1624 Q St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. J. Paul's

3218 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
J Paul's offers half-priced raw bar every Wednesday until closing, according to the restaurant's website.
3218 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

6. Legal Sea Foods

704 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
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.
704 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009-4307
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.
1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307

8. Sea Catch Restaurant & Raw Bar

1054 31st St Nw, Washington, DC 20007
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.
1054 31st St Nw
Washington, DC 20007

9. Republic

6939 Laurel Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912
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.
6939 Laurel Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912

10. Zentan

1155 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Zentan has $1 War Shore and Battle Creek oysters during its Thursday happy hour from 3-7 p.m.
1155 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

11. Rappahanock Oyster Bar

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
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.
1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

12. P.J. Clarke's

1600 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
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.
1600 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

13. Senart's Oyster & Chop House

520 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
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.
520 8th St SE
Washington, DC 20003

14. Trummer's on Main

7134 Main St, Clifton, VA 20124
Trummer's has been offering half off Rappahannock River Oysters all night during some Fridays this winter.
7134 Main St
Clifton, VA 20124

15. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant (K Street)

1652 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
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.
1652 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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16. Urbana

2121 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037
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.
2121 P St NW
Washington, DC 20037

17. Eat The Rich

1839 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Eat the Rich has $1 oysters (plus discounted beers) for its industry night happy hour, which runs 11 p.m. to close daily.
1839 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

18. Tony & Joe's Seafood Place

3000 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
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).
3000 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

19. The Fish Market Restaurant

105 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
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.
105 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

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