Behind This Wall, a contemporary neighbourhood basement bar, London
Behind This Wall is a contemporary neighborhood basement bar on the top of the NARROW WAY, Hackney Central.
Monday - CLOSED
Tuesday - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Wednesday - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Thursday - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Friday - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday - 6:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - CLOSED
About Behind This Wall
Behind This Wall is a bar set up and run by friends, with strong ideas and particularly minimal budget.
For their first permanent space, they needed to set themselves apart from the hundreds of smaller spaces and basement bars that East London had to offer. BTW sought help from designer Separate Blues and 2x2 Architects to create a resolutely contemporary space that reflected their approach to music and drinking. The result is a space that sets itself firmly in the present, cleanly finished in a tight range of finishes; white tile, Birch ply, and stained concrete are contrasted with accents of the original brickwork. The memory of the Turkish Men’s club, that it once was, has not been completely erased however; the long bar, cozy seating areas and dark blue ceiling allow the place a certain intimacy, without resorting to vintage kitsch. Despite clear Japanese and Scandinavian influence in the form and finishes, the bar manages to avoid coldness with its' relaxed approach. Built-in plywood seating plays with rudimental shapes, alongside pared back Judd-meets-Aalto bar stools.
Pictures by local artists and photographers rotate seasonally alongside the menu, with the selected artist being given free range on the hanging of the images. The feel of the place can change suddenly as a new photographer puts their stamp on the walls.
Aside from the shifting aspect of the artwork, the minimal space is held back from feeling at all clinical by having been built almost entirely by bar owner Alex Harris and his friends, with intermittent help from a couple of trusted tradesmen and cabinetmaker Jack Leith. The result is a warm and unassuming space that transports its' guests far away from the busy street outside, without ever trying too hard to do so.
Behind This Wall is a hidden gem in Hackney, beloved by its guests for fantastic service, delicious drinks, awesome tunes, great atmosphere, and super friendly staff.