A cool cocktail spot where vinyl rules.
Nothing stays secret for long in Hackney these days, but still, I like the speakeasy spirit of Behind This Wall, a new bar squirrelled away down some stairs and a big old curtain on Mare Street (phew! No actual walls to clamber over). Most surprisingly of all, this cocktail-and-poke (Hawaiian bowl food) joint is smack-bang on the main high street.
BTW began as a club night at deceased basement venue Plastic People, where it provided a safe haven for record enthusiasts. Vinyl was king, and so it is here, with one single plate taking pride of place next to the bar and a Tannoy Gold soundsystem creating the kind of atmosphere musos crave. One of the team was gleefully playing tunes, glass of red in hand.
You’ll probably want to plug into the cocktail list, though. Stick with the classics – I could have ordered manhattans all night: so syrupy, with just a sweet lick of vermouth. Or, if you’re feeling more adventurous, try the shorty menu (layered ‘pousse-café’ digestifs, designed for slower sipping).
Some will find the minimal decor a bit too, well, minimal – all rough wooden edges, so forget about comfort. And on our visit the room struggled to warm up. Fine for a club night, but cocktail bars are a different story. Take note: things now shut down at 11pm, so be sure to line up the vinyl back home for that after-party.
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411 Mare Street
|Transport:||Hackney Central overground|
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I'm a newbie in the neighbourhood so I was pleased to learn that this very handsome, very cool and very cosy bar is literally a stroll away. I tried their new winter menu last night and it's impressive - cocktails are broken down into three categories (apertif, highball and digestif) with snacks and small dishes to match. My faves? The Negroni-ish 'Campaign Trail' with lemon sorbet foam and the red mullet with yuzu creme fraiche, served on a block of salt. I gotta show love to the 'poke-dogs' too, which were technically buns that come in beef or sweet potato. Get the 'mix' so you can try both.
I love this local bar. A unique and interesting selection of cocktails and wine. The staff are always super friendly and happy to be there and the music (especially) when Miro Sunday Musiq plays, sets the whole mood! Super cool!
I love this place! The staff are super friendly, informative and attentive and really care about the quality of what they are serving you, and how your night is going! Cocktails are insanely good and the food is really different - interesting, molecular cooking alongside really silky oysters. Great music policy. A personal favourite!
Incredible drinks that don't leave you hung over the following day. Top music selectors on a crisp sound system. Friendly atmosphere.
A contemporary/modern space that isn't trying to be a speakeasy (thank the heavens!) that serves reimagined classic cocktails using exciting new techniques. The Cold Smoked vieux-carré/mahattan hybrid (Vieux Over Manhattan?) is a particular favourite. Lovely staff to boot and a fantastic sound-system. Get down!
This place is absolutely magical. Super casual drinks spot with amazing beverages and lovely folks. Highly recommended little rabbit hole to get lost in for an evening.
Behind this anonymous doorway lurks a wonderful alchemist.
It was a pleasure to host and attend the Time Out Card evening here at Behind This Wall.
We were treated to three delicious cocktails - all Bloody Marys - and with one secret ingredient : Pickle Juice. Big thanks to Alex ( pictured ) and Florence of The Pickle House. On a steamy evening in Hackney you made us welcome and introduced us to a whole new world of flavour.
What a good find. Hiding away on what looks like a shopping area on Mare Street, near Hackney Central , this basement bar brings together good sounds and great cocktails. It probably doesn't hold more than 50 people. When I arrived it was early and empty, but the bar team made me feel welcome and I was soon joined by my friends and the after work set. The place was soon humming. We took an alcove , and settled in. It was our jumping off spot as we had a circuit to complete. This took in The Last Tuesday Society, The Natural Philosopher and Satan's Whiskers. In my opinion, three of the best bars on the planet. Now I am happy to add a fourth to my favourites in Hackney list. Behind This Wall proved to be the perfect rendez-vous.
A great find in Hackney - been a couple of times already. Fun drinks with no artificial flavours! and always great music!
Really really u go down some stairs and find this magic place get out from no where with magic drink as rum from Nicaragua or oyster with vodka super cool bar so happy we found this place have to visit