Olympia Oyster Bar
4214 N Mississippi Ave., 503-841-6316, oobpdx.com. 4-6:30 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 2-6:30 pm Friday, all day Tuesday.
After a tendentious start and switching chefs, direct-sourced Olympia has figured out how to bring in Portland for oysters. Before 6:30 pm Wednesday through Friday, half-dozens of the chef's-choice varietal are a mere $10, and dozens are $20 on select oysters—one of the best deals in town on always-beautiful shells. Meanwhile, some of Olympia's more complicated oyster constructions drop to two for $5, and for additional shell power, you can get a mussel plate for $7 and mussel escabeche for $4. On Tuesdays, the world gets even better: $18 dozens, $9 half-dozens. That's pretty much unheard of in this town.
The deal: $10 half-dozens at happy hour, $18 dozens on Tuesday.
Little Bird Bistro
215 SW 6th Ave., 503-688-5952, littlebirdbistro.com. 2:30-5 pm (6 in bar) Monday-Friday, 10 pm-midnight daily, all day Sunday (in bar).
This oyster deal comes equipped with a beautiful $5 double-stack brie burger on the side to fill you up, mignonettes meticulously beautiful—maybe fig mignonette, maybe serrano—horseradish softened with cream, and oysters always perfect and only $1.75 each. It is a perfect thing—simply the best place to be downtown with a date after 10 pm.
The deal: $1.75 oysters. On our last visit, there were Sea Cows and Blue Pools—which is a bit like saying the $5 whiskey selection only included Yamazaki and Aberlour.
901 SW Salmon St., 503-326-1300, southparkseafood.com. 3-6 pm, 10 pm-midnight daily.
Southpark has added a huge oyster counter with perhaps the vastest selection in Portland—some of which you can get three for $5 during five hours each day. Park your ass at either the oyster bar or downstairs bar, and make sure you get that crazy pistachio-brittle beet salad, also $5 at happy hour. And a pizza for $5. And a bowl of clam chowder for the same.
The deal: Three oysters for $5.
EaT: An Oyster Bar
3808 N Williams Ave., No. 122, 503-281-1222, eatoysterbar.com. 3-5 pm daily, all day Tuesday.
Portland's first direct-from-the-farm-and-sea oyster spot is not always the best at execution—servers are stuck shuckin'—but EaT has some of the freshest bivalves in town from mostly Oregon sources. In the works? After the closure of sister restaurant the Parish in the Pearl, the owners say they may instate a $1 oyster hour in the future.
The deal: Select happy-hour oysters drop to six for $10, a dozen for $18. For the math-inclined, those are $1.50 oysters, which pair well with $2 craft mini-beers.
2605 E Burnside St., americanopdx.com. 4-6 pm and 10 pm-close daily.
This little chichi bar from the Hale Pele people doesn't offer an extensive happy hour—but it has primed itself as a before- and after-dinner spot with $5 aperitifs and $2 oysters. Americano also offers one $5 wine—but it could be any color, meaning either red or white drinkers are getting left out.
The deal: $2 oysters.
The Woodsman Tavern
4537 SE Division St., 971-373-8264, woodsmantavern.com. 5-6 pm Tuesday-Friday, all day Monday.
Duane Sorenson's wood-grained cocktail bar always has an iced stack of oysters atop it—especially on all-night oyster-hour Mondays, when two types of oysters are a mere $2 each. Selection runs deep, expanding to five different kinds, from meaty Netarts to sweet Shigokus, and Hove Coves soft as clouds.
The deal: $2 selected oysters—whatever's clever.
Dan & Louis Oyster Bar
208 SW Ankeny St., 503-227-5906, danandlouis.com. 4-6 pm Monday-Friday, all day Monday and Tuesday.
Old Town's Dan & Louis is Portland's most hallowed oyster tradition, still owned by the fifth generation of 1907 founder Louis Wachsmuth's family. Hit up the bar at the Ankeny Alley entrance, where you'll catch sports on TV and a bartender who's been at her trade for decades. The shucking and selection can be inconsistent, but often includes briny East Coasters like Virginica.
The deal: $24 for a mixed dozen.
Also of note:
Two new spots, Flying Fish Co. (2340 NE Sandy Blvd.) and Jacqueline (2039 SE Clinton St.), offer $2 select oysters every single minute of every day that they're open. Support this.