Oysters, everybody loves 'em—but they can also be pricey. For example, just look at the annual Stone Street Oyster Festival on Saturday, where pints of Guinness go for $7 and a half dozen Blue Island oysters will set you back $14 (oysters and beer being a classic combo). But it doesn't have to be this way! If you don't mind slurping your bivalves a little early in the evening, there are a number of places in town you can get 'em for just a dollar a pop. Here are six:

Barrio 47 In the West Village this Mediterranean cocktail/restaurant offers $1 oysters at its happy hour along with your standard happy hour drinks everyday from 5 to 7 p.m. 47 8th Avenue // 212-255-3900

Cornelius Make your way over to this Prospect Heights spot anytime because the Blue Point oysters here are $1 all day (they open at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends). In addition they've got daily seven and bakers dozen fresh oyster selections available of East and West coast oysters for generally pretty fair market prices. 565 Vanderbilt Avenue // 718-398-6662

Mermaid Inn Both the Upper West Side and the East Village locations (as well as the West Village Oyster bar) of this lovely seafooder have solid happy hours from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Think $1 East Coast oysters, $1.75 west coast oysters and $1 littleneck clams. Also $5 beers, $6 wines and $7 cocktails. Multiple Locations

Morgane Over in Williamsburg, the très charming French brasserie Morgane also has $1 oysters from 4 to 7 p.m. not to mention the $3 draught beers and $5 Sangria. 340 Bedford Avenue // 347-599-0699

Sel de Mer A little deeper into Williamsburg, this seafood spot on Graham Avenue has a great weekend brunch, sure, but the real trick is to show up between 4 and 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, when whatever two oysters are on tap are a buck a pop. 374 Graham Avenue // 718-387-4181

The Ten Bells This Lower East Sider offers two types of oysters for $2.50 each durring the night, but from opening until 7 p.m. they are just $1. A reason to get out of work fast. 274 Broome Street // 212-228-4450