Delve down a dimly fluorescent flight of stairs at 411 MARE ST; Behind This Wall is a contemporary neighbourhood basement bar on the top of the NARROW WAY, Hackney Central. The bar was built and is run by friends with a singular approach to design, music and drinking. You can book a table /area with us or hire out the whole space for yourself. Walk-ins are always welcome.

A note on our hi-fi: the system has been assembled from composite (storied) parts from the ‘golden era’ of our native audio industry; with disparate complementary elements from Tannoy, Papworth, E.A.R. & JBL.

Through music & community, BTW additionally houses a recording imprint & studio known as The Rushes; we also offer complete bar services & packages for events.

BTW, house serves: cocktails, wines & beers; oysters, (poké bowls)* & bar snacks; soundtracking via our one deck custom hi-fi. Happy hour runs from 6—8 pm daily.

During the week: *Tuesday we offer a full raw bar, with JoOrs' poké bowls served up alongside the oysters; Wednesday nights we welcome in guest chefs in residence to takeover the tiny kitchen; and on Thursdays it's 'No Requests' with selected collectors compiling and recording a mixtape direct to cassette.

On the weekend it gets loose with in-house family and friends in-session behind the stick and the odd special guest passing through to mix up drinks or share some music. Check the programme for a full list of who's on when.

The bar is closed Sundays & Mondays.

Autumn Menu

All ingredients selected or produced in house to exclude artificial additives, colours and flavours, high fructose, corn-syrup and unnecessary sugar as standard. Seasonal house sour is apple, mustard and sage kombucha. Please ask your tender for wine and beer selections; or to make up your favourite drink.

Food Allergies and Intolerances:
Some of our drinks & food contain allergens. Please speak to a member of staff for more information.


(020) 8985 3927

411 Mare Street
London, E8 1HY

Tue—Sat, 6—11 p.m.


House Rules

‘Happy Hour’ — 6 pm to 8 pm daily

All ingredients are selected or produced in house to exclude artificial additives, colours and flavours, high fructose, corn-syrup and unnecessary sugar as standard

Menu changes seasonally but do request your favourite classic: we will do our best to match it

Respect your fellow patrons

No shouting or fighting

No drinks or toasts near selectors, records, deck or amplifiers

Hooks are provided for hats and coats

Women should introduce themselves to Men and not vice versa

Patrons are responsible for their guests — choose wisely

Respect our sleeping neighbours — smoking and departing should be swift and silent

Please make onward travel plans inside before exiting — wifi is available

Music levels should remain comfortable — signal the selector if too loud; record collectors are often hard of hearing

Behind The Stick