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Where to Find the Best Oyster Happy Hours in New Orleans

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Seaworthy serves oysters from both coasts
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Any season is a fine time to enjoy Gulf oysters, but fall means that they are inching towards their prime. With a majority of the nation’s oysters harvested from the Gulf of Mexico, oysters are more than just a food in south Louisiana — they’re a way of life and a matter of civic pride. Even so, indulging in a dozen local beauties can quickly add up. Never fear: here’s a selection of picks for happy hour oyster specials that won’t break the bank.

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1. The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

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7900 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124
(504) 284-2898
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With plenty of outdoor seating overlooking Lake Pontchartrain, the view from the Blue Crab is hard to beat. Add into that a happy hour deal of 60 cent raw oysters and $1 chargrilled on Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and there’s the makings for a perfect evening. Plus, those lucky enough to have a boat can drive it right up to the restaurant.

2. Station 6

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105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005
(504) 345-2936
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This fresh-faced Lakefront newcomer from Allison Vega and Drew Knoll has given Bucktown a much needed shot of low-key, seafood shack hipness. A half dozen local oysters, Cajun Caviar, and a glass of Lallier Grand Reserve Brut is available for $15, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays

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3. Elysian Seafood (Multiple Locations)

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2381 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 323-9123
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Elysian sources its oysters from all over Gulf; however, a generous “six for $6” happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday features raw Louisiana oysters. In a welcome twist, the Elysian in St. Roch Market also offers a late night happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 9 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 to 11 p.m., when raw oysters are just 75 cents. Elysian’s newer, second location in Auction House Market also has a oyster happy hour; this one offers a $7 plate of charbroiled oysters Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

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4. Heads & Tails Seafood and Oyster Bar

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1820 Dickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123
(504) 533-9515
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This restaurant offers a Creole- and Cajun-influenced menu from Louisiana native Shelley Flick and Marrero-born and bred chef Brandon Green. A spare decor that might be best described as “Louisiana industrial with a dash of sports bar” offers a much-needed escape from Harahan’s prevailing chain culture. Find 75 cent raw oysters and 99 cent charbroiled oysters from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Worth noting: Heads and Tails offers plenty of other inexpensive “small” but hearty happy hour plates, as well as two-for-one drink specials. 

5. Bourbon House

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144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 522-0111
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Serene, and accented with pretty wrought iron filagree and picture windows overlooking one of the world’s most iconic drags, Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House checks off a lot of boxes when it comes to a classic New Orleans dining experience. Here the focus remains squarely on local seafood and the restaurant’s namesake spirit. All oysters are sourced from the Gulf with most from Louisiana. The deal: $1 on-the-half-shell oysters; $3 Abita Amber drafts and wine specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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6. Seaworthy

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630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 930-3071
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Perhaps it’s Seaworthy’s location in an exceptionally well-preserved 1830s CBD Creole townhouse, or the superlative design influence of the Ace Hotel, but it’s hard not to feel at least slightly transported to another era when sitting at Seaworthy’s bar. Unlike the rest of this list, Seaworthy sources oysters from beyond the Gulf, including denser, brinier varieties. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., all oysters and wine by the glass are half off, and all beer is $2 off.

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7. Cooter Brown's Tavern

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509 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
(504) 866-9104
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Known mostly for its extensive draft beer selection, this longtime Riverbend college decompression zone and sports hangout also serves up well-sized sweet Louisiana oysters. On Tuesdays, Cooter Brown’s has half price oysters from 3 p.m until closing. Plus, there are plenty of TV screens to catch whatever game is on.

8. Pascal's Manale

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1838 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-4877
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In a city of institutions, Manale’s is an institution, now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Manale’s may be best known for its barbecue shrimp and Italian-influenced fare, but this Uptown eatery boasts an oyster bar that’s more than 100 years old. While oysters Rockefeller and Bienville are mainstays of Manale’s dinner menu, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. it’s raw oysters that rule the bar. Happy hour means half off “topless” oysters, select cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass. 

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9. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

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4338 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 293-3474
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Popular among tourists for its prime corner location on St. Charles Avenue, the locals know that this sprawling spot is anchored by its marble oyster bar. They also know that the heart of that oyster bar is the stellar daily happy hour, which brings 50 cent oysters to the table from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., daily. Along with that comes half-off house wine bottles, $3 draft beer, and two-for-one frozen drinks, which includes the divine frozen French 75.

10. Le Bon Temps Roule

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4801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115
(504) 895-8117
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When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat free. Pair free food with live music and it’s almost too good to be true. Except that in the case of this beloved Uptown dive, it is true. Take advantage. Free oysters on the half shell are offered Friday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with music from Joe Krown.

1. The Blue Crab Restaurant and Oyster Bar

7900 Lakeshore Dr, New Orleans, LA 70124

With plenty of outdoor seating overlooking Lake Pontchartrain, the view from the Blue Crab is hard to beat. Add into that a happy hour deal of 60 cent raw oysters and $1 chargrilled on Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and there’s the makings for a perfect evening. Plus, those lucky enough to have a boat can drive it right up to the restaurant.

7900 Lakeshore Dr
New Orleans, LA 70124

2. Station 6

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy, Metairie, LA 70005
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This fresh-faced Lakefront newcomer from Allison Vega and Drew Knoll has given Bucktown a much needed shot of low-key, seafood shack hipness. A half dozen local oysters, Cajun Caviar, and a glass of Lallier Grand Reserve Brut is available for $15, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays

105 Metairie-Hammond Hwy
Metairie, LA 70005

3. Elysian Seafood (Multiple Locations)

2381 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
Elysian Seafood at St. Roch Market
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Elysian sources its oysters from all over Gulf; however, a generous “six for $6” happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday features raw Louisiana oysters. In a welcome twist, the Elysian in St. Roch Market also offers a late night happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 9 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 to 11 p.m., when raw oysters are just 75 cents. Elysian’s newer, second location in Auction House Market also has a oyster happy hour; this one offers a $7 plate of charbroiled oysters Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.

2381 St Claude Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117

4. Heads & Tails Seafood and Oyster Bar

1820 Dickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

This restaurant offers a Creole- and Cajun-influenced menu from Louisiana native Shelley Flick and Marrero-born and bred chef Brandon Green. A spare decor that might be best described as “Louisiana industrial with a dash of sports bar” offers a much-needed escape from Harahan’s prevailing chain culture. Find 75 cent raw oysters and 99 cent charbroiled oysters from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Worth noting: Heads and Tails offers plenty of other inexpensive “small” but hearty happy hour plates, as well as two-for-one drink specials. 

1820 Dickory Ave
Harahan, LA 70123

5. Bourbon House

144 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Bourbon House seafood platters
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Serene, and accented with pretty wrought iron filagree and picture windows overlooking one of the world’s most iconic drags, Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House checks off a lot of boxes when it comes to a classic New Orleans dining experience. Here the focus remains squarely on local seafood and the restaurant’s namesake spirit. All oysters are sourced from the Gulf with most from Louisiana. The deal: $1 on-the-half-shell oysters; $3 Abita Amber drafts and wine specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

144 Bourbon St
New Orleans, LA 70130

6. Seaworthy

630 Carondelet St, New Orleans, LA 70130
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Perhaps it’s Seaworthy’s location in an exceptionally well-preserved 1830s CBD Creole townhouse, or the superlative design influence of the Ace Hotel, but it’s hard not to feel at least slightly transported to another era when sitting at Seaworthy’s bar. Unlike the rest of this list, Seaworthy sources oysters from beyond the Gulf, including denser, brinier varieties. Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., all oysters and wine by the glass are half off, and all beer is $2 off.

630 Carondelet St
New Orleans, LA 70130

7. Cooter Brown's Tavern

509 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118

Known mostly for its extensive draft beer selection, this longtime Riverbend college decompression zone and sports hangout also serves up well-sized sweet Louisiana oysters. On Tuesdays, Cooter Brown’s has half price oysters from 3 p.m until closing. Plus, there are plenty of TV screens to catch whatever game is on.

509 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118

8. Pascal's Manale

1838 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115
Pascal’s Manale
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In a city of institutions, Manale’s is an institution, now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Manale’s may be best known for its barbecue shrimp and Italian-influenced fare, but this Uptown eatery boasts an oyster bar that’s more than 100 years old. While oysters Rockefeller and Bienville are mainstays of Manale’s dinner menu, Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. it’s raw oysters that rule the bar. Happy hour means half off “topless” oysters, select cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass. 

1838 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

9. Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar

4338 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Popular among tourists for its prime corner location on St. Charles Avenue, the locals know that this sprawling spot is anchored by its marble oyster bar. They also know that the heart of that oyster bar is the stellar daily happy hour, which brings 50 cent oysters to the table from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., daily. Along with that comes half-off house wine bottles, $3 draft beer, and two-for-one frozen drinks, which includes the divine frozen French 75.

4338 St Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115

10. Le Bon Temps Roule

4801 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115

When it comes to price, it’s hard to beat free. Pair free food with live music and it’s almost too good to be true. Except that in the case of this beloved Uptown dive, it is true. Take advantage. Free oysters on the half shell are offered Friday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with music from Joe Krown.

4801 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70115

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