Washing briny oysters down with a glass of Champagne is one of the world’s simplest delights—especially when you’re on a budget. Lucky for Brooklynites, our borough is saturated with spots offering some of the best bivalve specials around. Whether you like ‘em with a cold craft beer, topped with mignonette or garnished with a squeeze of lemon, there’s an oyster happy hour to satisfy your palate as well as your humble bank account.
Bearded Lady in Prospect Heights is a favorite for its colorful Art Deco design and generous oyster happy hour. From 5 to 8 p.m., you can enjoy $1 bivalves and specials on the spirit of your choice. We recommend a fun and inventive cocktail, like the Ginger Prince (aged rum, lime juice, seltzer, ginger and thyme syrup).
Weekdays, 5–8 p.m.
$1 oysters, $2 off pints, $1 off everything else
686A Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
The aptly named Littleneck is a seafood haven. Located in Gowanus, the intimate restaurant offers a small menu of carefully crafted water-faring dishes, in addition to a daily selection of oysters. Bivalves are $1, while draft beers like Ithaca Flower Power IPA and Keegan Mother’s Milk Stout are $5 a pop.
Weekdays, 5–7 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)
$1 oysters, $5 drafts beers
288 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
If happy hour doesn’t fit into your work schedule, Mayfield’s in Crown Heights offers specials Monday through Sunday. Here, plump oysters are served simply with lemon and mignonette. Pair a dozen with $6 house wines or $4 beers, and you have the perfect pre-dinner nosh.
Daily, 5–6:30 p.m.
$1 oysters, $4 draft beers, $5 well drinks, $6 house wines
688 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Craft beer–lovers flock to Strong Place on Court Street for its impressive tap lineup and cozy backyard. Four days a week, unwind with two-for-one brewskies and $1 James River and Malpeque oysters. If you’re still hungry, order up Southern-inspired “munchies” like deviled eggs and crispy fried okra.
Monday–Thursday, 4–7 p.m.
$1 oysters, two-for-one draft
270 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Spitting distance from the Greenpoint Avenue G stop, The Bounty is a picturesque spot for slurping and sipping. Every day from 5 to 7 p.m., a rotating selection of East Coast oysters is paired with a daily cocktail special—think smoky margaritas with tequila, mezcal and hot pepper. Be sure to enjoy yours on the pretty enclosed patio, which offers plenty of sunlight and Instagram-worthy floral arrangements.
Daily, 5–7 p.m.
$1 oysters, daily cocktail special
131 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222