The latest entry to Seattle’s happy hour realm is Marché, Daisley Gordon’s former Campagne, now home to a more casual bistro menu and lots and lots of wine. And, as seems to be the trend these days (see also: Atelier, Social Hours ) Marché’s happy hour has its own name. The Green Hour runs from 4:30 to 6 each day, and focuses on absinthe cocktails. The term comes from France in the mid- and late-19th century, when Parisians were quite besotted with the green-hued spirit. The hour of 5pm was so awash in absinthe that it earned the name l’heure verte, or the green hour (as opposed to this Green Hour, which encourages kids to get outside each day, though presumably not to drink absinthe).
The new happy hour menu sports four $9 absinthe drinks, mostly classic cocktails like the Sazerac, Corpse Reviver No. 2, and the Mort l’Apres Midi, aka Death in the Afternoon. This being a winecentric place, the $5 glasses of vin de maison (a white, a red, and a rosé) are equally festive. The Frenchified bar food includes $2 oysters, frites with mayo for $3 and shareable "farmer’s boards" of cheese, cured meat, rustic bread, and housemade pickles. But the big find on the list is the fried confit duck gizzards. Five bucks buys you a small bucket of the pistachio-sized nuggets so rich and savory that you really don’t need to dip them in the accompanying lemon aioli (but you most surely will).
The restaurant has also begun lunch service, with a menu heavy on summery salads and soupe et quenelles.