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Sunday, April 14, 2013

#1993 #1093 - The Augustus, Seattle - 12/16/2012


Update: Augustus closed Feb 28, 2014

Augustus is a new bar and restaurant from Robb Sheldon (Liberty, Whisky Bar) and Sarah Sheldon (Zoe), with support from Brian Brooks and Jaime Mullins-Brooks of Hunger, next door. Augustus serves well-made cocktails with an emphasis on the recipes and styles of the late 19th and early 20th century. The name "Augustus" is a nod to David Augustus Embury, author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. I started with a nice Dragon Toe, which Robb described as a sort of "gateway drug for women to brown liquors." Moving drinkers to more spirit-focused cocktails and brown liquors in particular is another focus of the bar. We also discussed my superstition about never having a bad cocktail with cucumber, and Robb observed that he may have started the cucumber trend back at the Bada Lounge 11 years ago. In addition to the very pleasant cocktail offerings, August serves food with an emphasis on house-made sausages.

Seattle Met's Allecia Vermillion describes how the bar came about:
    "Robb and Sarah Sheldon were on their honeymoon when they got a call from two old friends. Sarah met Jaime Mullins-Brooks when the two worked at Restaurant Zoe; now Jaime and husband Brian Brooks run Fremont restaurant Hunger. And they had intel they promised was worth interrupting the couple’s newly wedded bliss: The former Rogue and Peasant space next to Hunger was suddenly available. The Sheldons had been looking for a place to open a bar, and here was an available space adjacent to their friends’ restaurant. From the beaches of Hawaii, the Sheldons green-lighted the plan."  (SeattleMet)
My one complaint about Augustus is that it is not open Sundays. I can certainly understand that from a small, family run, specialist restaurant, but Sunday is my favorite bar day, so I hope there is enough demand and staffing that I don't continue dropping buy mostly when it is closed.


3601 Fremont Ave N, Ste 207, Seattle, WA 98103 - (206) 588-0891
Est. Dec 10, 2012 - Closed Feb 28, 2014 - Building constructed: 1996
Previous bars in this location: Rogue and Peasant
Web site: theaugustusseattle.com - facebook
Reviews: seattlemet - seattlemet - yelp

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