Scout & Gold Tooth | Hackney Bars
A bar might seem like the perfect place to get wasted.
But nothing gets wasted at Scout.
And that’s no bad thing; coming to you from cocktail guru Matt Whiley (Peg + Patriot, Purl, Worship St Whistling Shop, etc.) the place has a sustainability-focussed, zero-waste philosophy – turning any leftover cocktail ingredients into bar snacks.
It originally made its home in Shoreditch, but, after its first successful year (winning it a comfortable position in the World’s 100 Best Bars), it’s now re-opened in a new spot just by Hackney Central station. And because they were so clearly onto a good thing, they’ve recreated the same Scandi-chic interiors on the ground floor, with unvarnished furnishings and simple grey walls. Downstairs, however, they’ve added in a whole new bar, Gold Tooth (more on that later). For now, let’s talk about –
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The cocktail menu is split into five categories, like “Overground” and “Sea”, in honour of the provenance of the drinks’ ingredients. Each category can be experienced as a tasting menu with snacks (for £29), and there’s a loyalty card system (meaning you can sip your way through four categories, and get the fifth free). As for what to expect? Try the Birch, Please! with fermented birch sap, tarragon and sugar kelp water, buttered whisky and buckwheat vodka; or the Apple of God, which combines coriander sparkling wine with butternut squash liqueur and ‘disarmed’ chilli. And, as mentioned, any ingredients left over from the making of these drinks (like, presumably, that chilli’s arms) goes straight into –
In the move they’ve found space for a proper kitchen, with dishes yet to be announced – but given that they’ve imported a former pastry chef from double Michelin starred Hélène Darroze at The Connaught for the task, they’re likely to be fairly palatable. And if you’re only after bar snacks, you can look forward to Scout classics like soy-roasted aubergine with burrata, and green pea tartlet with wheatgrass custard and sorrel flower pollen.
Downstairs, you’ll find Whiley’s new bar, Gold Tooth, showcasing his kegged cocktails. Atop the bar here you can also find a rotating selection of four cocktails on tap, plus a selection of beers and wine.
It’s worth scouting out.
NOTE: Scout is open Tues-Thurs 6pm-12am, and Fri/Sat 5pm-12am. You can make a booking and find out more right HERE.
Scout | 224 Graham Road, E8 1BP
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