3 New Bar Openings in London You Need to Know AboutBy Iona Goulder
September: a time to start carrying around a lightweight jacket, seizing every opportunity to loll under the last of the summer rays, and a chance to enjoy the final long days. As we leave summer euphoria behind, it’s time to hunker down to sip the newest cold libations in town:
The Run-Down: Award-winning cocktail bar Scout, by internationally renowned bartender and consultant Matt Whiley (aka Talented Mr Fox), have relocated from its Great Eastern Street location in Shoreditch and re-opened at a new site in Hackney. The postcode may have changed, but the ethos still remains: with sustainability and seasonal produce from the British Isles at the heart of the offering. And Scout has another secret: it’s basement bar, Gold Tooth, showcasing Matt’s kegged cocktail company with four cocktails on tap, alongside beer and wine.
Where: 224 Graham Road, London, E8 1BP
The Run-Down: One of the hottest new bar openings to arrive in London this year, GENUINE Liquorette, a NYC inspired bar housed in a former Victorian Warehouse in Fitzrovia, has ditched the bar rulebook, putting you in charge of the cocktails. Breaking the barrier between bartender and guest, you can whip up your own liquid masterpiece, or partake in cocktail masterclasses – granting you the privilege to shake, swirl and serve a number of concoctions, based on what you like to drink. The bar also boasts an in-house liquor store, where you can grab a bottle to take away to impress dinner guests and/or the in-laws.
Where: 6 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HL
Photo Credit: Noah Fecks
The Run-Down: Draught wine. You heard it here first. And bringing the convenience of wine on tap to SE1 – not for the sake of a trend – but to encourage a more eco-friendly way for everyone to consume their wine and to ensure value for money too, Tap & Bottle is the latest addition to Flat Iron Square’s growing family. The Tap & Bottle kegs use a special ‘ball in bag’ system to retain freshness and prevent oxygen from ‘contaminating’ the wine. The concise menu features four red wines, four white wines, and two different rosés on tap.
Where: 64 Union St, London SE1 1SG