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February 17, 2012 10:24 AM   Subscribe

Boston food people: what bar specials still exist?

During the worst of the economic downturn, restaurants were offering specials left and right - special bar menus, dollar oysters, cheap sliders. Now that things have gotten a little better, I can't find any recent information on new or continuing offerings. So, where do you know offers special food deals (especially stuff like oysters, tapas, and other "bar bites") on a regular basis? These should be regular recurring offers ("Wednesday is Cheap Taco Night") versus more traditional "specials".

All restaurants at all price points considered. I'm just interested in it being a get-people-in-the-door special within the greater Boston area.

(I'm aware of Food Monkey's page but it doesn't look like it's been updated in over a year.)
posted by backseatpilot to Food & Drink (12 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I can't point you to an ongoing reference page/specials tracker, but from my recent experience...

as recently as two months ago, Green Street Grill still does 'cheap' taco night on Wednesdays. (I am air-quotes ing 'cheap' since a $2 taco is not cheap compared to a real taqueria, but you aren't going to find a duck confit taco at a real taqueria either)

Sel De La Terre still does $1 oysters on Wednesdays after 10pm, a $2 bar snacks on Monday early evenings.
posted by bl1nk at 10:32 AM on February 17, 2012

Ten Tables (at least in JP) has hamburger Mondays: burger and their house pint for 12 or something. Only available in the bar, not the dining room.

Also in JP, Canary Square was doing (last time I checked) $1 oysters before 6 (maybe 7).

Tremont 647 in the South End has Taco Tuesdays (or Thursdays?). It's a good deal, and very tasty.
posted by Admiral Haddock at 10:32 AM on February 17, 2012

Pretty sure that the Rialto in Harvard Square still does dollar oysters on Monday evenings.
posted by olinerd at 10:34 AM on February 17, 2012

oh, and I can't vouch for which restaurants are still doing it, but some friends and I once used this Citysearch list for a week of cheap oysters and beer.
posted by bl1nk at 10:34 AM on February 17, 2012 usually has a list in the sidebar of such things. I know that Porter Cafe in West Roxbury does $1 oysters on Sundays and $3 tacos on Mondays. Redds in Rozzie have Sunday suppers where it's somewhere around $16.95 for 3 courses. Both places have really good food and a nice beer selection.

La Verdad in Fenway does taco Tuesdays, Ashmont Grill does $1 oysters on Thursdays, I believe. Monday and Tuesday nights Myers & Chang in the South End does a cheap date night. Definitely check out BostonChefs and you'll find more.
posted by jdl at 10:53 AM on February 17, 2012

Lineage in Brookline has a dollar oyster night on Friday or Saturday.
posted by Sidhedevil at 12:42 PM on February 17, 2012

RedBones has 1/2 price appetizers until 6PM. Pretty sure it is an everyday thing. They also offer a lunch special which is a heaping combo of whatever ribs we have at the time, along with chicken and sausage, served with beans, coleslaw and dirty rice and BBQ sauce. SORRY, NO REFILLS.
posted by Gungho at 1:19 PM on February 17, 2012

Grendel's Den in Harvard Square does half-price appetizers during happy hour (which I think is 5-7pm, but call to be sure).
posted by smirkette at 3:41 PM on February 17, 2012

McCormick & Schmick's has a "Social Hour Menu" (pdf) with a $3.50 minimum beverage purchase.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 4:59 PM on February 17, 2012

Response by poster: These are all great, thanks!
posted by backseatpilot at 2:19 PM on February 18, 2012

RendezVous in Central Square has tapas on Monday nights. Actually, the Stuff Magazine link that they cite has 4 WEEKS WORTH of what you seem to be looking for. :-)
posted by A dead Quaker at 2:32 PM on February 18, 2012

Pour House on Boylston near the Mass ave bridge has half-price burgers, 6-10pm on Saturdays.
posted by fragmede at 7:40 PM on February 18, 2012

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