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Happy Hour recommendations needed, Boston & Cambridge

Once upon a time I lived in a place where Happy Hour was legal. It's not, really, in Massachusetts, since they don't allow drink specials, but at least you'll sometimes find a place that has food specials.

We visit friends in Baltimore each year and they show us a great inexpensive time because they know places with great happy hours and food specials.

I am feeling a bit guilty because when they visit us here in Boston they end up spending a lot more money because we don't know any places with good happy hour specials.

I know of Redbones appetizer specials before 6. Always yummy.

What are your favorite places, both fancy and seedy, for cheap happy hour eats? Or cheap eats in general, but I am especially interested in the happy-hour time period.

We need t-accessible places, so Boston, Cambridge and immediate suburbs are best.

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Redbones
55 Chester St, Somerville, MA 02144

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  1. Dollar Oysters at Lineage in coolidge corner and at 28 degrees in the South End. Believe that both are 5-6. Sel De La Terre has a burgers and beers deal from 5-7 on Mondays. And that is all that I can think of at the moment. I know that there are a lot more.

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    Sel De La Terre
    776 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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      1. re: iloveporkbelly

        Sel de la terre also has great charcuterie for $4 a portion - usually 4 or 5 choices that vary (country pate is a favorite). Order them individually (rather then the sampler) and each fairly large portion will arrive with bread, mustard, pickles, and onions - really a meal. The bar small plates menu is decent as well.

        Tremont 647 has $2 taco Tuesday's.

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        Tremont 647
        647 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118

      2. one dollar osyter deals are ubiquitous: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/752312

        my favorite place for one dollar oysters is the bar at Rialto on Mondays.

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        1. re: cambridgedoctpr

          Are the $1 oyster specials typically year-round? I am never quite clear on when oyster "season" is.

          1. re: motorgirl

            i am not sure that there is any longer a season; it depends where you get the oysters. In any case, i recommend calling and checking before showing up.

            traditionally, one ate oysters in months that had an "r" in them.

        2. You owe me because I don't want anyone else to know about the fab $1 bar tapas at Estragon on weeknights...

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          1. re: C. Hamster

            Luckily I'll only be telling people who live in Baltimore.

          2. in the seedy category...Crossroads, at the corner of Beacon and Mass Ave, an Irish pub puts out pizza, wings, sometimes a large salad around 5 pm. All free. I used to be an afterwork regular there and they always added something extra...a big tray of potato skins, onion rings. It was very generous. You might call and see if they still do it. I haven;t been since last spring and they have recently come under new ownership.

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            1. re: momoftwo

              I used to work about a bock from Crossroads, but never made it there. Looks like it's time for a visit. Their website does list some daily happy-hour-ish specials.

              1. Try Grendals Den in harvard square. They do half price meals during certain hours. Legal seafoods does 6 for 6 oyster deals as well. I think it's before 6:00.

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                1. re: yummieeee

                  Can't believe I keep forgetting Grendels. Thanks. i spent way too much money there in my grad school days, even with the cheap happy hour food!

                2. Lord Hobo has $5 appetizers and $1 oysters from 5-7 everyday.

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                  Lord Hobo
                  92 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02141

                    1. Bambara in the Hotel Marlowe has a selection of appetizers for $2 each 4-6PM weekdays: calamari, grilled flatbread, fish cakes, arancini, or crispy corn cakes.

                      I also second the McCormick and Schmick's burger which is a good deal at $3. I haven't been in a long time, but did note that the drinks were made with fresh citrus and bottled sodas.

                      1. Also in the Charles is Noir - they have a fun happy hour bar menu

                        1. Masa on Tremont St in the South End has a great 10 piece appetizer special for $10. I think it is offered Mon-Thurs 5-7 in the bar.

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                          Masa
                          439 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116

                          Tremont Cafe
                          418 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116