224 Graham Street, London E8 1BP
Now settled into its new site in Hackney, east London, Scout has continued where it left off in Old Street, leading the way in the use of sustainable and seasonal ingredients in cocktails. The bar is the brainchild of industry star Matt Whiley, but this year Rich Wood – his kindred spirit in terms of cocktail approach – has joined forces. The Scout brand has extended too, with a twin venue launching in Sydney in February 2019. But the London bar remains the flagship, and although the upstairs is reminiscent of the minimalist, straight-edged look we knew from its first incarnation, the space now has an art-focused basement bar, Gold Tooth. The downstairs evokes a more dive bar environment, with writing on the walls, and hosts gallery nights for local artists while serving tapped cocktails to showcase Whiley’s kegged cocktail company. A colourful contrast to the laboratory-made drinks on the ground floor.