The Marché happy hour: Just drink deals but still swanky
Marsha Trainer Marche's marble counter is the site of some happy, happy hour deals
Marché debuted this summer in Uptown and has maintained a fairly low profile. It's a bright, classy space with a marble counter that offers up breakfast and lunch, plus beverages that span all tastes -- espresso, craft sodas, wine, beer, drinks, and even bottled cocktails.
The patio and the pastries are admittedly lovely, but Marché for happy hour? It may seem an unlikely spot to unwind after work and yet, upon getting a cool glass of wine and a savory grilled cheese, the drink deals feel a little like the cherry on top of a swank sundae.
Marsha Trainer Marché's offerings
Where: It's that beautifully modern spot with seemingly endless windows on the first floor of the new Lime Apartments on Lyndale Avenue in Lyn-Lake.
When: 3 to 7 p.m., every day
What's the vibe: It feels like a hip European cafe where you can get a little nosh, like sandwiches, small plates, soup, salads, and pastries (from Patisserie 46), in addition to a wide selection of liquid refreshments. There's a chill, relaxed aura to the place and the guests are well-dressed, though not dressed up. Sure you could get a PBR tallboy, but these digs will have you picking it up a notch. You'll be swilling a nice wine or trying one of those bottled cocktails dreamed up by Jesse Held (of Parlour and Coup D'Etat fame). The happy hour deals are just on drinks -- $3 for beer, $4 on selected wines, $3 on rails -- and once you've settled in, it will seem like a bonus because the prices are already reasonable.
What can I eat for $10 or less: While there are no food specials for happy hour, you can get a tasty grilled cheese for $7.50 or ham sandwich for $9 (both come with a mixed green side salad) or a $9 tasty beet salad, in addition to a small plate of olives ($5), fruit, pastries, and quiche (varied prices).
Marsha Trainer A lovely rosé to end the day
What can I drink for $5 or less: The happy hour specials all fall under this category, so a craft-y beer or cider, like an Evil Twin Hipster Ale or a 2 Towns Cherried Away is one way to get your money's worth. Or go for a glass of wine, as there are no "house wines" here. They simply pick one $4 wine from each category (white, red, sparkling, rose) for happy hour. A $4 Minervois rosé or a Torre Oria Cava al fresco can make an afternoon sparkle on the cheap.
What's so good it's worth getting even though it's not a happy hour special: We love the aforementioned sandwiches (the rhubarb compote in the grilled cheese is ridiculous!) and can't resist a bottled Parlour Old Fashioned ($12), made with piloncillo instead of simple syrup.
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