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Behind This Wall (Bar)

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411 Mare Street, Hackney, London, E8 1HY
Cuisine: Bar
Tel: 020 3602 7869 | Email to Behind This Wall | Transport: Hackney Central | Write review

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1) Mare Street in Hackney is still a deadzone for cocktail bars, so Behind This Wall is a welcome addition to an area that still feels local; and it’s a nice change if you’ve done Hoxton and Dalston to death.

2) You might expect another dark speakeasy bar through the curtained door, but downstairs is a nice bright basement in minimalist style. With a selection of booths, it’s a good place to meet friends, or hide away for a more intimate tete-a-tete.

3) Billing itself as a neighbourhood bar, Behind This Wall has super-friendly staff who certainly go out of their way to make you feel at home. Become a regular and they might even get to know your name.

4) Embracing the current health-conscious philosophy, Behind This Wall practice medicinal mixology; small-batch, boutique spirits with syrups, juices and garnishes made in-house. No refined sugar and organic, where possible. That doesn’t mean you won’t get a hangover if you drink enough cocktails, though.

5) The menu changes quarterly to incorporate seasonal flavours; the team creating inventive new cocktails and twists on classics. For autumn, close your eyes and think New England in fall and Indian spices such as garam masala, cardamom and chili.

6) The Raj Gin Fizz is worth a special mention - saffron gin, triple sec, grapefruit sour, agave, double cream, egg white, bourbon vanilla soda and grapefruit. Shaken for four minutes, it’s worth the wait! Kudos to the bartender’s arms.

7) The small but perfectly formed bar food menu includes pickles, oysters, and Hawaiian poke bowls, with some unexpected molecular gastronomy style touches. Try the tasting menus matched with cocktails, available from 6pm-9pm, or the daily happy hour with oysters for £1.

8) Knowledgeable DJs spin an eclectic selection of vinyl on the single turntable, played over a very decent sound system. Thursdays are especially recommended, but keep an eye on the website for one-off gigs and guest slots.

9) If you’re looking for a super slick venue for your next occasion, Behind This Wall is also available for private hire for events and parties.

10) All in all, this is a venue that manages to be very cool without being pretentious, the staff really care about the customers and the drinks they serve, and the tunes are top class - definitely worth a visit.
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