Old Street bar Scout, opened by Matt Whiley in 2017, is moving to Hackney this September. The original location quietly closed its doors last Saturday on 25 August.
Scout’s new site, at 224 Graham Road, is right by Hackney Central station and features two floors, one of which will be transformed into the new bar, while the basement is set to become Gold Tooth, a second and separate venue showcasing Whiley’s kegged cocktails.
The new Scout will be much like the previous incarnation, with a drinks list based on sustainability and seasonal produce from Britain, including Whiley’s oft-talked about ferments. In fact 12 of the current cocktails on the menu and some of the ferments will feature on the opening list in Hackney. However the new site will be bigger, packing in 40 covers and a working kitchen.
This edition has allowed Whiley to bring in one of the former pastry chefs from two-Michelin-star Hélène Darroze at The Connaught.
‘Great Eastern Street has been great for Scout and it will always be a part of the bar’s story, however, the relocation to Hackney allows us to enhance and better our offering even more with a larger space and a fully equipped kitchen,’ said Whiley.
Gold Tooth in the basement will have four cocktails on tap and is set to have a a strong focus on art, showcasing renowned London-based artist The Rugman’s highly visual illustrative artworks. Expanding on this theme, the bar will host gallery evenings on the first Thursday of every month.
Whiley’s new site will be open from Tuesday 11 September. It’s opening hours will be Tuesday to Thursday, 6pm to midnight, and Friday to Saturday, 5pm to 1am.