London Scottish Bars
OK, let’s get the word ‘Bevy’ in the first sentence cause let’s face we’re going to be using it a lot in any discussion of London Scottish Bars – ‘Going for a bevy?’, ‘ We got bevvied last night’, ‘I’m aff the bevvy for January / Lent / by doctor’s advice’. Of course London alcohol retail establishments (bevvy shops) vary dramatically from the poshest serving honey triple fried bar-au-Mars-chocolate to the spit and sawdust places beloved of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie. So here’s our guide to where to spend an hour or more kicking back.
The Famous 3 Kings – West Kensington This is a good pub for watching sport in with many different screens. It is also where the London Hearts supporters club often watch games, but don’t let that put you off (sorry Jambos). It’s good for 6 nations rugby but if you want something non mainstream then it might be best to contact them first to see if they will show the relevant programme.
The Scottish Stores on Caledonian Road has been around (in various guises) since 1901. It has grade 2 listed inside. It gets it name from the venison that used to hang from the ceiling supplied by the Scottish merchants. Time Out likes it and if you’re in the area check out the craft ales.
The Scottish Malt Whisky Society on Grenville St (next to the evocative Bleeding Heart Lane) is a different kind of place. You either have to be a member or know a member to get in – or sign up for one of their whisky tastings. Membership is cheaper than many clubs (currently from £95) and you get access to a growing network of clubs and bars. The idea behind the SMWS is that they bottle single cask whisky – this gives unique flavour combinations and is normally stronger than regular whisky.
Brew Dog pubs are springing up over the capital. Located in Angel, Camden, Clapham Junction, and a host of other places in the city Brew Dog offer up their unique blend of craft based limited edition and traditional stalwarts, such as Punk IPA. There are many great things about the brand and here are some of them: It was started in 2007 by two 24 year olds hand bottling their own beer and selling it in markets, they established Equity for Punks in 2009 and gave people the change to fund their growth by taking a stake in the company, they now have 46 bars (probably more by the time you read this) and production facilities facilities planned in different parts of the world.
Pubs live in a dynamic market so there’s a chance that some will close and other’s open. If you know of any changes then do feel free and well keep our directory of London Scottish Bars up to date. If you are interested in Scottish restaurants then check out our blog post here.