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Where to Get $1 Oysters at Happy Hour in San Diego

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Whether a sweet Kumamoto from the Pacific Northwest, a briny Kumiai from Baja or a mild East Coast Blue Point is more your thing, a platter of freshly shucked oysters and a crisp, cold beverage is hard to beat. While the delicacy is featured at restaurants across the city, we searched out spots where you can enjoy luxury for less and get your shuck on for a buck; here are 10 San Diego Oyster Happy Hours for you to enjoy this summer.

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1. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

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400 J St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 858-2277
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This sleek and sophisticated hotspot gets pretty rockin’ at happy hour, and rightfully so with three Admirals Hour options to choose from. A daily selection of oysters are available for $1 a piece at the bar from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and again during late night happy hour Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., plus all night Sunday. Stay refreshed with select $5 beers, $6 wines by the glass and $8 specialty martinis. [Photo: The Oceanaire Seafood Room]

2. Herringbone

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7838 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-0221
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Mark your calendars for Bubbles & Pearls every Thursday when $1 oysters, $5 Cava and half off all bottles of champagne are available all day in the bar and lounge at Brian Malarkey’s notable La Jolla eatery. Or wind down after a long day at Oyster Hour with $1 fresh-shucked oysters on offer Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Discounts on beer, wine and cocktails plus a small bites menu are also available. [Photo: Herringbone]

3. Stake Chophouse & Bar

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1309 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

Keep it classy on the Crown Island without breaking the bank at Stake’s recently launched Oyster Happy Hour. Running daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. a selection of East and West Coast bivalves are available for a buck a’ piece. Happy hour deals also include $5 select craft beers and wells, $7 wines, $10 cocktails and Stake martinis and half off appetizers.

4. Tom Ham's Lighthouse

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2150 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 291-9110
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For oyster deals with a view it’s hard to beat this Harbor Island landmark. Enjoy impressive panoramas of San Diego bay while slurping down $1 bivalves during happy hour. Served with freshly grated horseradish, cocktail sauce, mignonette and lemon, a daily selection is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday alongside drink, small plate and appetizer specials.

5. Ironside Fish & Oyster

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1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 269-3033
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Chef Jason McLeod's very own hand-farmed oysters are the new stars of the raw bar at this modish Little Italy hotspot. Created from seed alongside Puget Sound’s Minterbrook Oyster Company and dubbed “Ironside Selects”, they are the featured $1 happy hour oyster; chow down on a dozen or more with the baddest mother shuckers in town. Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And don’t miss Ironside’s Lady Chef Shuck-A-Thon on National Oyster Day Wednesday, August 5, when five female chefs will be shucking $1 oysters for five deserving charities between 5 and 10 p.m. [Photo: Andy Boyd]

6. Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

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565 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 233-6623
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Enjoy your oysters ‘Supper Club Style’ at this treasured Gaslamp mainstay. From the bays of British Columbia to the shoals of Montauk, these one-buck beauties are available during Blue Point’s daily happy hour Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Push the boat out while you’re at it and take advantage of $2 jumbo shrimp, $5 featured wines and $4 draft beers. [Photo: Cohn Restaurant Group]

7. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

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1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
(858) 483-4746
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It's quite possibly the most impressive oyster selection in town, take your pick from Mt. Simons, Phantom Creeks, Skookums, Malpeques, Totten Inlets and more every week on Oyster Thursday. Around seven varieties and approximately 1,800 oysters are available from 4 p.m. until supplies last, which is usually about 8:30 p.m., so be sure to get here early. Enjoy them alfresco with a glass of wine or local microbrew on the patio at this popular PB hangout. [Photo: PB Fish Shop]

8. Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Bar & Grill

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411 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-3800
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Swing by Spike’s for bargain $1 bivalves during their daily happy hour — Baja raised Kumiais and Washington State Hood Canals currently grace the menu – which runs between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Half-off selected appetizers and specially priced craft beers can also be enjoyed at this casual seafood joint. [Photo: Spike Africa's]

9. Osetra the Fishhouse

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904 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 239-1800
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Known for its seafood-focused Italian fare, this upscale eatery has a robust year-round oyster menu. Enjoy daily happy hour and tapas deals from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. including $1 oysters on the half shell (minimum of 5 per order), plus late night tapas from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. [Photo: Osetra the Fish House]

10. Brigantine Point Loma

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2725 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106
(619) 224-2871
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With a selection that includes Paradise and Chef’s Creeks from British Columbia, Fanny Bays from Washington and East Coast Blue Points, all oysters are available on the half shell for $1.50 a piece during happy hour at The Morton family’s flagship seafood outpost. Running every Monday from 4 p.m. until close, and Tuesday through Sunday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $1 off draft beers, select $5 wines and other menu specials are also available exclusively in the lounge at all neighborhood Brigantine locations. [Photo: Brigantine]

1. The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St, San Diego, CA 92101

This sleek and sophisticated hotspot gets pretty rockin’ at happy hour, and rightfully so with three Admirals Hour options to choose from. A daily selection of oysters are available for $1 a piece at the bar from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and again during late night happy hour Monday through Thursday between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., plus all night Sunday. Stay refreshed with select $5 beers, $6 wines by the glass and $8 specialty martinis. [Photo: The Oceanaire Seafood Room]

400 J St
San Diego, CA 92101

2. Herringbone

7838 Herschel Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Mark your calendars for Bubbles & Pearls every Thursday when $1 oysters, $5 Cava and half off all bottles of champagne are available all day in the bar and lounge at Brian Malarkey’s notable La Jolla eatery. Or wind down after a long day at Oyster Hour with $1 fresh-shucked oysters on offer Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Discounts on beer, wine and cocktails plus a small bites menu are also available. [Photo: Herringbone]

7838 Herschel Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037

3. Stake Chophouse & Bar

1309 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

Keep it classy on the Crown Island without breaking the bank at Stake’s recently launched Oyster Happy Hour. Running daily from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. a selection of East and West Coast bivalves are available for a buck a’ piece. Happy hour deals also include $5 select craft beers and wells, $7 wines, $10 cocktails and Stake martinis and half off appetizers.

1309 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118

4. Tom Ham's Lighthouse

2150 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

For oyster deals with a view it’s hard to beat this Harbor Island landmark. Enjoy impressive panoramas of San Diego bay while slurping down $1 bivalves during happy hour. Served with freshly grated horseradish, cocktail sauce, mignonette and lemon, a daily selection is available from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday alongside drink, small plate and appetizer specials.

2150 Harbor Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92101

5. Ironside Fish & Oyster

1654 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Chef Jason McLeod's very own hand-farmed oysters are the new stars of the raw bar at this modish Little Italy hotspot. Created from seed alongside Puget Sound’s Minterbrook Oyster Company and dubbed “Ironside Selects”, they are the featured $1 happy hour oyster; chow down on a dozen or more with the baddest mother shuckers in town. Monday through Friday, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. And don’t miss Ironside’s Lady Chef Shuck-A-Thon on National Oyster Day Wednesday, August 5, when five female chefs will be shucking $1 oysters for five deserving charities between 5 and 10 p.m. [Photo: Andy Boyd]

1654 India St
San Diego, CA 92101

6. Blue Point Coastal Cuisine

565 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Enjoy your oysters ‘Supper Club Style’ at this treasured Gaslamp mainstay. From the bays of British Columbia to the shoals of Montauk, these one-buck beauties are available during Blue Point’s daily happy hour Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Push the boat out while you’re at it and take advantage of $2 jumbo shrimp, $5 featured wines and $4 draft beers. [Photo: Cohn Restaurant Group]

565 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

7. Pacific Beach Fish Shop

1775 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109

It's quite possibly the most impressive oyster selection in town, take your pick from Mt. Simons, Phantom Creeks, Skookums, Malpeques, Totten Inlets and more every week on Oyster Thursday. Around seven varieties and approximately 1,800 oysters are available from 4 p.m. until supplies last, which is usually about 8:30 p.m., so be sure to get here early. Enjoy them alfresco with a glass of wine or local microbrew on the patio at this popular PB hangout. [Photo: PB Fish Shop]

1775 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109

8. Spike Africa's Fresh Fish Bar & Grill

411 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Swing by Spike’s for bargain $1 bivalves during their daily happy hour — Baja raised Kumiais and Washington State Hood Canals currently grace the menu – which runs between 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Half-off selected appetizers and specially priced craft beers can also be enjoyed at this casual seafood joint. [Photo: Spike Africa's]

411 Broadway
San Diego, CA 92101

9. Osetra the Fishhouse

904 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Known for its seafood-focused Italian fare, this upscale eatery has a robust year-round oyster menu. Enjoy daily happy hour and tapas deals from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. including $1 oysters on the half shell (minimum of 5 per order), plus late night tapas from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. every Friday and Saturday. [Photo: Osetra the Fish House]

904 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

10. Brigantine Point Loma

2725 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

With a selection that includes Paradise and Chef’s Creeks from British Columbia, Fanny Bays from Washington and East Coast Blue Points, all oysters are available on the half shell for $1.50 a piece during happy hour at The Morton family’s flagship seafood outpost. Running every Monday from 4 p.m. until close, and Tuesday through Sunday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. $1 off draft beers, select $5 wines and other menu specials are also available exclusively in the lounge at all neighborhood Brigantine locations. [Photo: Brigantine]

2725 Shelter Island Dr
San Diego, CA 92106

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