The Augusta House Gastropub 17 Augusta Street

This month, we decided to start things off with another Judy Marsales karaoke night. Who doesn’t love singing with a live band in front of an incredibly forgiving audience who are all just out for a marvelously fun Monday night?

To start our evening out right, we tasted a few culinary samplings from the kitchen. Avi and I had the Crispy Polenta Cake, and Kristin went with some classic fish and chips. Sitting in the bay window at the front of the pub, we had a prime view of the entire place and were able to enjoy a generous amount of sunlight. It was quite lovely, in fact.

Once the karaoke got going, we headed up closer to the stage and contemplated song choices over some delicious chocolate fondue with marshmellows and strawberries. We pounded out some “Do Wha Diddy” and “Joy to the World” as a trio, Kristin and Avi were perfectly pitched singing “Walkin’ on Sunshine,” and I, being in the mood for some Beach Boys, decided to try my hand at “Sloop John B.” With Judy as the ever-hospitable hostess for the evening, and the boys in the band as willing as ever, it was another great night in the Hammer.

xoxo Carly.

Kristin Archer is the creator of I Heart Hamilton (, where she has blogged about experiences around her hometown since 2011, growing a social media presence along the way. Encouraging locals to “be a tourist in your own city,” she promotes arts and culture across her various social media platforms, blog, and weekly radio show on 93.3 CFMU.

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