5 Great Oyster Happy Hours


Lately I can't stop thinking about this lovely Ernest Hemingway quote from "A Moveable Feast":

“As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.”

It makes me optimistic just reading it. And makes me crave oysters. And wine. 

Here's where I turn for a good deal on both, with plenty of late-night options:

• BlackByrd Warehouse
Great DJs and good deals on oysters: Monday-Thursday, oysters are $1 from 5:30-7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.-1 a.m. 

BlackSalt
This Palisades neighborhood joint offers a dozen oysters for $12 and half-dozen for $6, as well as other food specials, in the bar and cafe 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 4-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

• Hank's Oyster Bar
Should the urge to slurp hit you late-night, the Dupont location of Hank's offers half price raw bar items nightly from 11 p.m. to midnight.

• Old Ebbitt
By far one of the city's most popular spots for oysters and for good reason. The famous Oyster Happy Hour features half off all raw bar items Monday-Thursday from 3-6 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m., and Sunday nights from 11 p.m.-1 a.m.

• Pearl Dive Oyster Palace
With the breezy new patio and open window in front, Pearl Dive's bar is where I'm finding myself many evenings. Monday through Friday from 4-7 p.m., local oysters are two for one and select wines by the glass are $5.