The Bastille Cafe and Bar built-out was completed in collaboration with Deming Maclise and James Weimann and Mike Skidmore Architects.
Ensconced in an oval booth spooning luscious béarnaise sauce from a silver ewer amid the gleaming white-tiled glamour of Bastille, I couldn’t help recalling the line uttered by a giddy Meryl Streep as Julia Child in the movie “Julie & Julia.” “French people eat French food every day. I just can’t get over it.” . . . Rivet-trimmed black beams arch above the soaring space that once housed Obermeier Machine Works. Handsome old clocks, chandeliers and other vintage accessories scavenged from here and abroad contribute to the authentic Parisian air . . . Bartenders shake French 75s behind the zinc-topped bar that edges one wall. Doors along the opposite wall open onto a covered patio. The Back Bar, tucked at the end of the hallway behind the open kitchen, is a moody den prompting visions of scruffy artists sipping absinthe— Seattle Times
Bastille is absolutely beautiful, like walking into a sepia-toned Parisian photograph; the interior is big and bustling, but candlelit and romantic…— The Stranger
Bastille has nothing if not charisma. The owners Deming Maclise and James Weimann, creators of Caffè Fiorè and Triangle Lounge/El Camino, respectively—traveled to Paris to garb Ballard’s Obermaier Machine Works Building in white subway tile and vintage light fixtures and antique mirrors. They bolstered the ceilings with riveted steel arches, dotted the floors with black-stained plank-backed booths and tables, ennobled the glittering bar with a commanding 45-foot zinc countertop. Opposite the bar, doors fling open onto a side patio with heaters and delicate wrought-iron tables. The open kitchen boils at the end of the room. And down a narrow hall, the piece de resistance: the speakeasy-like Back Bar, clad in brick and mirrors and paintings, and anchored with a crystal chandelier as supersized and bright as Marie Antoinette’s hair.— Seattle Met
It’s a gorgeous spot with ample patio seating, and rich interiors adorned with dark wood, white subway tiles, amber-glowing lights, and a quite impressive 45-foot zinc-topped bar. All this plays together quite nicely with accent mirrors throughout to bounce the warm light and accentuate the high ceilings— Seattle Plate
Bastille is absolutely beautiful, like walking into a sepia-toned Parisian photograph; the interior is big and bustling, but candlelit and romantic…
Bastille Cafe and Bar, James Weimann and Deming Maclise’s inaugural collaboration, is located in Ballard’s Obermaier Machine Works Building. The space features reclaimed lighting, back bars, and other architectural details – much of it sourced from France on one of James and Deming’s trips. Mētis worked closely with James and Deming to restore reclaimed items as well as collaborating in the development and design of entirely new elements, such as the bridge girders that span from column to column in the main space. Banquettes, booths and tables were fabricated on site from a mixture of Brazilian Cherry and Aloe Wood. On the rooftop, Mētis collaborated with Colin McCrate of Seattle Urban Farms to design and fabricate a number of planters with shade frames for use in summer and translucent frames for use in winter. Taken all together, Bastille is the sort of “experience space” that both James and Deming and Mētis have come to be known for.