BTWr1703 – Pre-orders

☈ AA single from Behind This Wall. From London to the world.

Abuja 336 is a collective led by Bow-based vocalist Jim Caesar; Violet Hour dubs heavy on a psychedelic jam recorded during a moment of inspiration at Villa Lena, Tuscany.

Sega & Chess is a collaboration between two artists unknown; catch the ‘Night Elm on Mare St’ during the wee hours outside our bar after drinking too many shots of soju.

Mixed at Rushes Studios in Bethnal Green. Mastering by Frank at The Carvery.

Artwork by David at @Shutupandance. Illustration on AA by Louie Isaaman-Jones.

☁︎☁︎ Feasts of Fall ☁︎☁︎

Summer's out, but don't despair, drinking season is upon us & we are here to ⎼⎻⎽ HELP

3 points to consider if you wish to continue reading this bulletin:-

1. I enjoy eating tasty food
2. I'm unafraid of change / would(n't) consider myself conservative
3. I drink whisky and am partial to vermouth (or at least think I might be as it sounds sophisticated) and would like to or have previously enjoyed visit(s) to Melbourne (Australia) &/or Berlin? 

Appetite whetted? Then please continue. Otherwise, unsubscribe now. We know who you are...


❦ E is the Magic Number ❦

Every Wednesday in October we're inviting a guest chef from a favourite restaurant based within the local(e) 'E_' postcodes in to take over the kitchen and hifi for a one night stand.

On the bill is Chick n' Sours mastermind Carl Clarke, the friendly narroway neighbours at Tonkotsu (Dave Wrigley and Tom Wykes), Magnus Reid from Morning Lane's luscious Legs and Rob Sachdev from The Quality Chop House.

Expect the chefs to whip up some easy aperitif style treats, join in on some fine drinks at the bar and then jump on the stereo to indulge in some deep, dark guilty kitchen pleasures.

Should be ✔︎ Book in here

⌘ So, that's ⇢ 
4th (Carl Clarke)
11th (Dave Wrigley & Tom Wykes)
18th (Magnus Reid)
& 25th (Rob Sachdev)
♒︎ october; 6 – 11pm ⎋

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London Cocktail Week ☛

Next week the bar is being taken over by two of our favourite brands for LCW. Starward Whisky have only had their wine cask in the UK a week (*we are the only bar currently stocking it*) but they are already top of our pops with a scintillating double Solera Whisky offering from Down Under. Aged for just 3 years they are producing a malt and shiraz cask that rival many of our favourite 8 to 12 yo Scotch Whiskys. Blasphemy? Come see for yourself...

The other half of the bar will be helmed by Berlin's Belsazar Vermouth. Bringing a bit of the Grey City's knowingly decadent charms to the fortified wine game, these guys use prime fresh bio-dynamic German juice as a base making the range a real go to for us since we were first acquainted two years ago. 

There will be a special menu for the week celebrating both products; snacks to match and two masterclasses with each brand respectively on the Tuesday (Starward) and Thursday (Belsazar) from 6-7 pm. 

Again you can book a spot on the masterclass ⇢ here

Or, just pass through to be transported on trans-continental journey ⎌ 

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☁︎ Autumn Menu ☁︎

We held off for the equinox (as you should) but we finally kissed summer goodbye last week and launched our Autumn Drinks menu to a spectacular fanfare ✰✰✰

There's 6 delectable new drinks on an odd-galvanised never-ending-Brexit-theme for you to discover; but, most excitingly, we've upped our Happy Hour game to provide a real 'aperitvo' experience...

Every day from 6 – 8 pm you can now enjoy ↓

⇥ 3 special aperitif cocktails for £4.50 or 1/3 off beers on draught & wines by the bottle
⇥ £1 oysters with a choice of shallot vinegar, marmite or curry sauce consumé
⇥ Complimentary snacks

Nicey nice ✓

MIXTAPE⌿No Requests #008 w/ Mali (Z Lovecraft)

⚆⚆ We recently acquired a Nakamichi tape deck to start putting together mixtapes from all the wonderful selectors who pass through the bar ⇥ First effort was compiled and recorded last week by Rhythm Section's Mali (aka Z Lovecraft) ⇤

⚡︎⚡︎ To fit the format: it's just one selection after the other; we then cut up the tape to edit out clicks and minimise gaps back at the Rushes, before remastering for you to enjoy...

A something special

Long light, parklife, heady basement nights...

Must be ☼ summer ☀︎


How about a green chilli & pisco sazerac? Triple strength pineapple and tomato daiquiri for you? A BTW riff on the zombie or classic pimms cup? The motif for our new summer drinks was simple: build 'em robust and boozy. There's few finer things in life than easing out of a long day spent over-sunning oneself in the park with a long, strong drink in a spicy basement.

We love the late night summer vibe down at 411 Mare Street and have come up with a selection of drinks to set the right mood for the shorter, warmer nights.

The menu launches on Wednesday, 21st June; and, again, we'd like to extend a special invitation to you (our most loyal readers) to join us for a taste.

Hit the button and click through to book a spot and claim a ▶︎ free welcome drink ◀︎ ++ 30% off everything thereafter. Will Lister upon on the stereo. Should be ✔︎

⌘ So, that's ⇢ WEDNESDAY 21st June; 6 – 11pm ⎋

On the rushes ☛


⇢ BTWr1602

Our second release is out in all good record stores now. Two hot acid white-label edits in a club style for summer dancefloors. Day & night.

⍢ Listen ⍩⍥ Buy ⍡

⇢ No Requests #007

Mason Dixie is also repping on the pod this week with a mix of sample heavy jams from Italo to Miami Bass. Cop it here


You wanna see a wino, bring the wines out...

& they say April is the cruelest month...

We'll be open this Sunday, because:


Our good friends at TUTTO WINES are co-hosting their annual Spring Tasting during the day time this coming Sunday; and it's just round the corner at the Hackney Roundchapel. If you've missed this before we strongly recommend checking it out - pure bacchanalian vibes with some of Europe's most unkempt wine-mongers doling out their best wares. It's only £15 to enter and then you can taste AS MUCH YOU LIKE & you get a FREE GLASS to take home with you...

++ as the festivities die down at 5pm we'll be opening up for a special unsolicited & unofficial after-hours should you wish to straddle down. Tutto affiliate and demon selector - Jonny Rosato - will be picking the records while we pour more wine, beer and funky libations to keep the good times rolling into Monday:

*or* (to quote a young, aspirational and entirely uncontroversial US soft drink manufacturer)

...on the rushes
BTWr1602: Mason Dixie – 4u / Y.u.Hr will be out in stores and online soon :)

You check preview clips out here <---

---> Or you can pre-order TP's, 12" and digital here

.:something special:.

In fact: ask for 'something special' at the bar before the release date (May 17) and we'll give you a TP, mp3 or a drink on us*.

* While stocks last & one per group.
* Bartenders say on the drink is final.
* Told you it was worth reading this far.

Spring Menu —'press' launch tonight

NEWS: we'll be launching our Spring Menu from today. We're hosting our normal 'press' launch night tonight; BUT, to mirror our trendsetting cousins across the way – NO_ONE FROM THE PRESS IS INVITED!

That's right – you're freeloading places have been taken by our 'friends' (or eager folks who bother to read these memos and newsletters when they go out - see below). If you want to come and try you'll have to pay as all the free spots are taken. So there. You can preview it HERE.

It's delicious. End. No questions. No gum.
(That's how we do this now, right?)

Spring, sprong, sprung...


Dalston-based photographer Olivia Thompson is known for her abstract and unorthodox approach to photography. She encompasses colour and light to create imaginative landscapes that are both striking and beautiful. Her latest collection will be on show at Behind This Wall this Thursday night, where you’ll be given the opportunity to join her in an open discussion and purchase limited edition prints.

NTS Radio's very own breakfast don - Charlie Bones* - will be joining the Customs boys to bring the noise on the hi-fi.

So, that's – THURSDAY, 9th MARCH; 7 – 11pm

*DISCLAIMER: if not already overly doused in spicy cocktails.

There's a light at the end of the tunnel:


Our menu is changing and we'd like you to come and taste. FOR FREE.


Yep - free!

We value your custom & feedback {as long as it's positive} so when we launch our Spring Menu on WEDNESDAY 22nd MARCH, we would like you to be there to try and tell us how great it is.

To book a table drop us an email HERE. Space is limited and each table will get a choice of 2 x cocktails pp and selection of food. The theme is slightly Levantine but who really cares about that 'cos its all free.


--> First come first served.
--> Tables will be flipped after your assigned time is up.
--> You may be forced to Instagram something.

Thank you for your continued support.

& remember: *BUY OUR STUFF*



From Behind This Wall –
LOVER's DELIGHT: it's a valentines mixtape by JoOrs.

*FLESH 4 FANTASY* <-- listen here via SoundCloud
Subscribe here via iTunes --> *FLESH 4 FANTASY*

< Red-light / karaoke / Seoul >

Laying tracks for St. Valentine's day with JoOrs taking the reigns to re-ignite our 'No Requests' podcast series. Put this fiery number in the hifi for GUARANTEED RESULTS* whichever which way your evening turns. Or, join us tonight for a mass, collective love-in as we debut it on the stereo system downstairs at 411 Mare St.

Beware: this hot s** tape is especially potent when mixed with oysters.

There are a few spots still for booths to join us tonight. BOOK HERE

Unable to make it? Pre-order a hard copy from us which will be packaged and delivered direct to you in time for St Valentine's Day, 2018.

It's My Birthday Too

It's one year since we opened at 411 Mare Street... While we're unsure of the veracity of a birthday for a basement bar it seems an opportune moment to celebrate. So, without restrain, we are declaring this week:


*there may not be any cake.

What we do have in abundance is beer, wine and liquor; so with dry still January casting faint trails why not come by and shake off that long cleanse with a drink or two?

***Specials on soju and mezcal all week.*** Soak it all up with some of our scrumptious steamed buns and subliminal sound-tracking from Rustie, TTB, Danny P. Bushes, Sam Insane Deelay and a few other special guests thrown in for good measure. Just tell the bartender "it's my birthday too" and we'll put out a deal for you and your mates and/or date. 

How about those steamed buns, though?

How about those steamed buns, though?

The Rushes/BTWr1601: The Nines ft. JoOrs & DJ Stingray

Well we finally did it... Having evolved from being a record exchange, to a club night, to a bar. We finally did the thing we set out to do in the first place: release a record. 

For those who've been paying attention on our Instagram there's always been a recording studio surreptitiously attached to BTW. This is what we affectionately call The Rushes; and from this year on we'll be working with some of the talented folks who pass through our establishment in there to produce some cuts for you all to enjoy.

The first offering features the elusive JoOrs and one of our favourite repeat guests from the Plastic days on remix duty: the idiosyncratic DJ Stingray. Beyond those two there's a load of people to thank for bringing this life: Jimmy, Joe and Rosy et al at Lobster distribution, big Gwilly, Auntie Char Char, E. Barnes, David on the designs as ever, Neal and Frank at the Carvery for the slick mastering job, the NTS mob and the prawns.

You can preview and pre-order direct from us through our shiny new Bandcamp page:

Or the 12" will be available in all good outlets and stores from tomorrow! To celebrate we'll be doling out a few copies and special Stingray cocktails at the bar on Friday night for a special price of £9.

Hope to see you downstairs x