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Originally published Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 7:01 PM

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Happy hour at Luc: where $1 Rainier beer and lamb sausage coexist

Thierry Rautureau's Luc offers a late-night happy hour, complete with Rainier beer for $1.

Seattle Times staff reporter


Thierry Rautureau's cuisine is synonymous with fine dining in Seattle. But in his new brasserie, Luc, the "Chef in the Hat" aims for the casual and middlebrow, even offering a late-night happy hour.

There is trendy liqueur Fernet behind the bar and $1 Rainier beer specials, a sign that he wants to draw the young hipster set and the after-work crowd of bartenders and cooks.

Happy hour features a $4 bar menu, noshes that are deceptively more filling than they appear on the small plates, the best being the addictive potato souffle crisps — puffy, fried potato sticks with harrisa aioli.

The creamy smoked-salmon tartine, salty from the capers, peppery from the arugula, is another nice late-night addition. A smaller portion of the thick and fat lamb sausage entree is available on the happy-hour menu, too.

The sirloin skewers, though, were badly overcooked. And the creamy deviled-egg topping didn't make that tough beef go down any easier.

As bar snacking goes, Luc's is better than a lot of the late-night hangouts if you get the munchies. There is a good booze selection, too.

But Luc doesn't yet draw a young crowd. It's attracting a Rover's-like set, mostly in the 40-and-up bracket sipping wine by the glass, not downing Fernet shots and Rainier to end the night.

Luc, 2800 E. Madison St., offers happy hour from 10 p.m.-midnight Sundays-Thursdays with $4 small plates, $1 Rainier beer and $4 beer and wine (206-328-6645 or

Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or

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