The Scotch Malt Whisky Society continues to build on its international network of partner bars and in September, we partnered with the Hopscotch Pub & Brewery, a new venue in the French city of Toulouse

Yes, it’s now possible to enjoy a fine malt and some haggis balls served by kilted bartenders in the heart of Toulouse, at The Scotch Malt Whisky Society’s first partner bar in the Pink City. The Hopscotch Pub & Brewery is a Scottish pub specialising in whisky and craft beer.

Located a few meters away from the central Capitole square (3 rue Baour Lormian), The Hopscotch offers a diverse selection of more than 200 whiskies from all over the world, original cocktails, a G&T workshop, exclusive tasting sessions to become a whisky know-it-all but also some delicious Scottish beers. Let’s not forget the homebrewed beer, produced by the team at the nearby Hopscotch microbrewery.

Founded by former aeronautics engineer Roderick Gaston, born in Aberdeen Scotland and trained at The Pot Still in Glasgow as well as our 28 Queen Street Members’ Rooms in Edinburgh, the Hopscotch is a tribute to his roots and culture.

Roderick now aims at introducing French people to new tastes and experiences and embark his visitors on a one-way trip to Scotland through a rather personal approach: “It’s important to tell people that there are no rules with whisky,” he says. “I’m tired of hearing those who say ‘don’t drink Scotch like this, don’t put ice in your dram, do this, don’t do that…’ With the Hopscotch, our aim is to tackle those clichés – whisky isn’t an ‘old man’s drink’ nor necessarily a beverage reserved to the financial elites either.

“Our approach is all about discovery and democratisation. You’ll then be able to sample some very nice drams from €4 [£3.50], affordability being at the core of our concept.”

And the same goes for the beer list, which will be subject to regular changes according to creations, stocks and demand, remaining true to itself by offering a quality local alternative at affordable prices.

“The beer industry as well as the whisky world both offer some true gems, and not necessarily for the price of gold.”

Located in a small pedestrian street and built over two levels, the ground floor offers a casual modern pub atmosphere with a small terrace, while the basement has been designed as a cosy area with couches, club armchairs and a 10-seat tasting table where SMWS tastings will be held every month.

You can also enjoy a full Scottish breakfast on Sunday and taste the delicious Scottish tapas menu from Wednesday to Sunday (6.30-9pm) featuring the famous haggis balls, beer-battered fish’n’chips and Scotch eggs.

For more information about the Hopscotch Pub & Brewery, follow the team on Facebook or visit their website at www.hopscotchpub.com