Oysters are the post-noon equivalent of ordering avocado on toast — your tastebuds will thank you but, most of the time, your wallet will not. Thankfully, Sydney has plenty of deals on the pearly treasures floating around so, if you do some clever planning, you can eat them every day of the week without blowing your budget.
What's the deal? $1 oysters between 5pm and 6pm, Monday to Saturday.
If you're up for a night of indulgence, $1 oysters at Wolloomooloo's Riley Street Garage is the best place to start. Perch at the giant brass island bar between 5pm and 6pm from Monday to Saturday and witness the oysters being freshly shucked while you peruse the expansive share-style menu. Choose between the signature smoky soy truffle dressing or au natural. Or do a mix - they're only $1 after all.
What's the deal? $1.50 oysters between 5pm and 9pm.
We don't know what your Tuesday evening are usually like, but slurping oysters and sipping Champagne in a five-star hotel sounds like a pretty good one. Even better, at Grain Bar at the Four Seasons between 5 and 9pm, the oysters are $1.50 and a glass of Louis Roederer is $15, so you can live the luxe life for less.
Beat the hump-day slump with some post-work treats at Sydney's premier oyster bar, The Morrison. Head there at 5pm for $5 happy hour drinks (until 7pm) and prepare for the $1 oyster to kick in between 6pm and 7pm.
What's the deal? $1 natural oysters from 6pm to 8pm.
This Paddington local has a rolling lineup of events and action, and each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm, this comes in mollusc form. Enjoy $1 natural oysters in the public bar or see if the chef's special topping can tempt you for $2 each. Pair your crustaceans with a glass of bubbly or Tanqueray gin for $6 and celebrate that the weekend is only one day away.
For a spot of mid-week mid-century New York vibes, it seems only fitting to have an oyster special on offer. Each Thursday you can snag some freshly shucked oysters for $1 alongside a sweet 20 percent off Champagne and Laphroaig whisky.
What says 'Aussie summer' more than picnic tables, unbeatable beach views and buckets of Coronas? The Bucket List has long been a venue of choice for an afternoon sesh in the sun — and with $2 oysters on offer all day, there is really no other place you should be on a fine Friday afternoon (certainly not work). If you in after 5pm, you can also grab a Pimms cocktails for $8.
Not to be outdone by sibling bar The Roosevelt, Darlinghurst institution Eau de Vie offers $1 oysters from 6–7.30pm each Friday. In true Eau de Vie-style, whisky makes an appearance with a dropper of Laphroaig10 single malt served up for seasoning to give the salty morsels a smoky kick.
There are a few ways in which this unassuming local wine bar is European-inspired: the drinks list is curated, the food is displayed in a glass cabinet and served quick and share-style and, regardless of the day, there is a tasty bargain to be caught. From 5–7pm each day Black Bottle serves up oysters for $1.50 each which you can enjoy over $15 carafes of fiano.
Every Sunday you're invited to join Supper Club at Redfern Continental's back bar Gunther's Dining Room. Enjoy $15 classic and espresso martinis all night and, between 5 and 7pm, you can feast on $1 oysters. Time your visit on the first Sunday of the month for some beats while you eat courtesy of DJ Helmut Wang.