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About Us

AUGUST: Upscale Bar and Eatery is a warm, friendly, casually sophisticated neighborhood wine bar located in East Rock. We are known for our impeccable service, friendly staff, outstanding wine selections and elegant light fare.

We opened for service on May 9th, 2014. August is a love letter to our favorite New York City restaurants & wine bars, ones we worked in, and ones we would frequently visit. We pay tribute to many of them with little details, mementos, and touches you will find within the space and during your experience at August.

The wine program has been developed to specialize in small production wines that express a sense of place, terroir, traditional wine making styles and techniques, as well as modern expressions. We have curated a well rounded list including new and old world wines, sherry, sparkling wines and Champagnes, natural wines, organics and biodynamics. You will find plenty of classic and legendary producers from all over the world and hundreds of different wine releases are at your disposal.

The wines by the glass on offer each day include 18- 20 different selections that explore different styles and varietals. Glass poured wines change frequently to offer our guests the opportunity to learn and experience many different wines from our collection. A small but unique selection of bottled beer is also available.

The menu of food we offer each night includes classic wine bar fare such as Oysters, cheeses from around the world, charcuterie, pâté and conserves, fresh salads and seasonal dishes. Our menu consists of house made specialties, locally produced breads, honey and produce, as well as imported delicacies from around the world.

About your hosts:
Michelle Chadwick-Hotis is originally from Sydney Australia and enjoyed a first career as a successful Singer. She entertained audiences all over the globe, eventually settling down and making a home in New York City. She began her hospitality career in 2006 at Cafe Luxembourg and has taken the helm at some of Manhattan’s most notable high end establishments including The Central Park Boathouse and Per Se. Andrew Hotis was a Fine Artist focusing on drawing and painting. He started his hospitality career during 1996 in Boston. He moved on to work in restaurants in the Sonoma California wine country, Manhattan and Brooklyn before coming to New Haven.


Why is the bar named August?

August is named for Andrew's son.

What was here before?

The building was built in the 1920s. It has been many things over the years, including: a yoga studio, a Church, a campaign headquarters, a clothing store, a Betty Boop store and a goldsmith shop.

Who designed the space?

The proprietors Andrew and Michelle designed and built out the interior space over a ten month period to restore original details like tin ceilings, wood floors, and brick walls.

Do you take reservations?

NO RESERVATIONS. We accommodate guests in the order they arrive.

Can I get take-out?

We serve food only to guests who dine in our space with us.

Who put together these amazing soundtracks for the bar?

Our awesome music is curated by the inimitable, Todd Ford


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