Behind This Wall

4.6
21 Reviews
£25 and under
Cocktail Bar
Lo-fi bar with hi-fi intentions, hidden beneath the Narrow Way, Hackney Central.

BTW Hard Seltzers built & bottled in house.
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BEHIND THIS WALL is an intimate basement bar consisting of six cushioned booths: the smallest seats up to 3, the largest are currently capped at 6; and a counter with two sets of two bar stools.

The bar is currently to remain closed in line with the UK Governments’ current mandate: national lockdown, as called on January 4th. Tentatively, we are planning to re-open on May 17th adhering to COVID-Secure guidance. We will hopefully be operating as normal and without restrictions from 21st of June.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 21 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.7
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4.5
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4.5
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Elatch63
London
16 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

expert, inventive, classic, brilliant cocktails, ideal bar vibe, and superb sounds

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious cocktails, great music and amazing ambience as usual!

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Martha
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place always has the right vibes, menu and overall service. Certainly not your average bar, which is fantastic to take a date to and just chill.
It should seriously be a speakeasy during the lockdown 😉, just sayin'

JW
JoeWilde
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing little hidden gem in the heart of Hackney Central - incredibly knowledgable staff, fantastic sound system and music selection and always great ambience. 10/10!

HM
HannahMack
London
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came with our 5 month old baby at 4pm and we're made to feel very welcome by the lovely staff. Cocktails were superb, especially the bottled seltzers we had that they make there. Thank you for having us BTW and sorry to any other guests if we were a bit noisy!

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Emily
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice casual hidden away cocktail bar. Good vibe and a good alcohol-free cocktail - wish there were more on the menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a great, authentic place - like what Shoreditch used to be 10 years ago! Excellent cocktails, great music playing from an actual record player, and great atmosphere and staff

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AliceL
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Managed to sneak out for a few hours before curfew after handing in a uni assignment. Haven't been in to behind this wall for years... last time must have been just after the bar opened i think... super slick, staff attentive. perfect setting for a few very tense games of monopoly deal with my partner and stuffed our face full of yard sale pizza before we left... so glad we made it in again before LD MK 2.
seriousllu though that riff on a cosmo is delightful. 10/10.

HM
HannahMack
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute spot with plywood booths, nice lights and cosy cushions. Music and drinks were really on point. There’s an old Tannoy hifi system built into the the corners and they play records on a nice system from behind the bar. Kind of Tokyo type place. They give you free popcorn too!

HW
HelenW
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Such a weird bar. It’s all made out of MDF. Drinks tasted awful, possibly the worst cocktails I’ve ever had in London (and I’ve had a LOT) I actually couldn’t finish mine. They didn’t have the London Cocktail Week one we’d specifically gone for as they’d sold them all to other outlets without holding any back for customers. We won’t be going back.

Behind This Wall
Responded on October 21, 2020

Hi Helen, first up thanks for your patronage and perspective; I'm the guy that served you on the night and I'm really sorry we were out of the Maargs you wanted. Was a bit of a crazy day doing press commitments responding to the Tier 2 announcement for the BBC so we were behind on prep: our team is only 2 atm and we just couldn't get the bottles out in time. We'll be sure to sort you out if you ever did think to come back! Apologies again and (not to be cheeky) but it's plywood not MDF ;) Alex

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Thom
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Elatch63
London
16 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Want a cosy-cool bar with superb music taste, intimate booths, and fabulously tasty cocktails, far from stuffy joints further west, not beholden to fads, inventive and fun? This is the place to head.

JD
JakeD
London
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time visiting BTW. Recommended by a friend and it did not disappoint. Really lovely cocktails, nice and strong and a great place for a relaxed date!

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EdwardG
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really really really really really really great cocktails. Go!

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anants
London
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place run by a knowledgable and interested individual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks

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Joanna
London
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2017
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Maybe wouldn't recommend. Bit overpriced, bad food and strange cocktails which we all struggled with.
It was also extremely cold - no heated areas which is needed in a basement in mid January when it's 0degrees outside.

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KamaniF
London
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Waste of time and effort

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Behind This Wall on Friday with family and it was fantastic. Service was top-notch, the cocktails were tasty AF, and the music and ambience in the whole place were very, very cool.

Will visit again

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The Scottish member staff made our visit. He gave lots of information on food and drink was super helpful. Oyster happy hour is great and drinks gorgeous.

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KatL
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2016
Overall3food1service4ambience2

The wine list and cocktails are great. However, one of the main reasons we wanted to try Behind This Wall (aside from the cocktails) was for the oysters. On the night of our reservation we were told that there was no food being served that evening, including oysters. Aside from that, music, staff and cocktails were very good

FAQs

Behind This Wall offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 8985 3927.

Behind This Wall is rated 4.6 stars by 21 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.