Dustin Lancaster and Matthew Kaner, the force behind Los Feliz favorite Bar Covell, have teamed up with longtime friend Dave Gibbs to bring an eclectic local wine bar to the Valley. Housed in a building dating back to 1941 that was originally a radio repair shop, the space is decorated with a collection of vintage radios and a stand-up wood piano that dates back to 1912. In the kitchen, Chef Evan Algorri—formerly of Bouley, Lupa, Marea, and Union Square Café in New York—is spearheading the food program, which includes braised octopus with chickpeas, and root vegetable Caesar salad, along with an impressive array of cheese and charcuterie.
Augustine is anchored by a 35-foot white Carrara marble bar. Seventy-five wines by the glass are available, ranging in price from $10 to $100. Bottles range from $100 to $1000, and include such rarities as an 1874 Chateau Lafite and a 1934 Chateau Margaux. If guests want to take their favorite bottle home, they will have the option to purchase an unopened bottle to go, based on availability. Gibbs, an avid wine collector for over 20 years, will be showcasing wines from his personal collection, with bottles dating back to the 1800s and rare vintages from World War I and World War II.