The Augustus is the latest craft cocktail and whiskey bar in Fremont, complete with masculine décor and man-cave sofa area. But the board menu is its best conversation piece.
Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, meatballs and other bar grub get stuffed in a casing and served on a bun.
But for all its quirky spin on the trendy gourmet sausage, The Augustus is more of a drinking den, pushing boozy concoctions and both big-name and small-batch labels of bourbon and rye. The franken-dogs, it turns out, are more to fortify you between rounds of IPAs and the stiffer stuff.
Simple, classic cocktails are served here, but the menu features enough obscure and lost classics to draw the curiosity of cocktail geeks.
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It’s mostly local apartment dwellers who frequent Augustus on weekdays and the volume picks up five decibels on weekends with bar hoppers spread along the handsome copper-top bar and sofa area.
A 45-seat patio will double the seating capacity once the weather warms up.
The Augustus is partly owned by the folks behind the stellar restaurant next door, Hunger, which is where the sausages are made.
The food lineup is decent, though the sausages ($9-$11) are a couple bucks more than what many other bars hawk. It ranges from the traditional (spicy Italian sausage) to the aforementioned meatloaf-and-mashed-potatoes sausage that tasted like, well, your typical diner meatloaf with a squirt of ketchup.
Even the beloved cheeseburger got the sausage treatment here, until the bar recently reverted it to a patty. Some classics you just don’t mess with.
The Augustus, 3601 Fremont Ave. N., offers happy hour from 5-7 p.m. and again 10-11 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday with $3 beers, $5 wine and a $6 daily cocktail special; closed on Sunday and Monday (206-547-5103 or www.theaugustusseattle.com).
Tan Vinh: 206-515-5656 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter @tanvinhseattle