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❀ Spring ‣ Menu ❁

Out with the old and in with the new. The Spring equinox always feels somewhat cleansing; just as winter’s drawn on that little bit too long and the festive season is a vanquishing speck on an expandingly-bleak horizon. Suddenly, day matches night and the weight lifts a touch. It’s only going one way from here.

As ever, we try to reflect this gentle optimism in what little way we can through our shifting drinks selections. Out with those robust, deep flavours and earthy spice, in with lighter strokes: fresh mint and lemongrass, violet and forsythia syrup (it’s purple and has CBD in - woof), grappa!

On the list we’ve got a blended mezcal and reposado Sazerac; sweet and smoky with a soft verdant spice. A Boulevardier with the best - independently of each other - amaro and rosso vermouth we’ve ever tasted (Argala’s Amaro Alpino and Discarded vermouth in case you’re wondering). An armagnac or Sidecar-type sour with cured lemon paste, dubbed the ‘Uber XL’.

For the highball it’s our first ever go at a Collins with a distinctly Turkish twist melding sumac and grapefruit. That purple CBD syrup marries up to Reyka vodka and Birds botanical spirit in the crushed ice fix that is and only could be ‘Purple Drank’. Then to finish we sorta-made-our-own white creme de menthe by infusing ume sake with mint which pairs with that Domus grappa for a palette cleansing Stinger to finish.

The list in full starts this evening and will be available to taste up until the summer solstice (or thereabouts) when we’ll all dress-up like druids and wind-down for summer. If you read this and come down tonight (Thursday March 21st) ask the bartender when do the clocks go forwards? and we’ll give you something free to try. Call that an Easter egg for following us this far!

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Turning 3

3 years old!

⍨ Peeling pink walls, 1 chisel and a hammer (+ ‘Handsome’ Pat), discovering power tools, Handy Andy’s youtube building channel, non-diy DIY, about 6 million bags of haribo, tiles, ply, dark ‘ocean’ floor (pfff), sound-system tweaks, opening night with tools still out, 12 menu changes, poké, £1 oysters, poké dogs, fermented fish, ‘not doing food’, Mao Chow, Yard Sale pizza, Silvija and Inga, Barry on every-night, Gordi ‘spare change, bruv’, adding the tops, cutting the taps, Freddie’s out, Ryan’s in, the age of Gwilly, “Beer-tini” vid (pff pfff), Luke’s lil farts, drive to Cambridge backwards to fix an amp, speakers upside down, Jon Rust Wednesdays, Custom’s Thursdays, Lord Gout and Prince Cackhands, enter Louie doing lovely bits, Serena and Giulia (og & Dutchie), on the radio, stealing Callum’s happy hour idea (sorry), where’s Clive & Susan, trip to Iceland (thanks Fab - will list Reyka one day again, promise), Macca trailblazing regular to staff, Auntie Char and RoRo, endless roadworks, ‘got a new gin for you to try, it’s got 650 botanicals including rare reindeer anus’, toilet door is jammed, age of Des, maybe a daiquiri?, Des does art curation too (!), Anna with the blue tick, Diego on the taps, Covco made a party, everyone wants a party, the DJ booth, CBD lab rats, Jordi…

& Thanks to you all above everything for keeping the circus flowing. Come dance with us next Friday (22nd Feb). Open till 4am.

Covco, Macca, Alex & Louie on tunes.

x BTW

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Jordan McGregor ~ opening

Tonight sees the opening of our latest exhibit by Canadian photographer Jordan McGregor, curated by our own Desirée Balma.

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Des took some time last week to ask Jordan a few questions about the selected works, his background, drawn to B&W prints, studying up in Vancouver (the Canadian riviera!), passing through London and the complexion of peripatetic photographer vs cityscapes. You can read the interview below,

The prints will be available to buy tonight up at the bar and listed here in the store from tomorrow.

Doors 6 – 11 pm. Macca on tunes ⍡

Who are you and what do you do?

Hey, my name is Jordan McGregor, I’m from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and currently reside in Toronto, Ontario. I’m a photographer who shoots fine art and street photography.

When & where did you get into B+W photography?

I got into shooting B&W street photography about half way through my program, studying digital photography in Vancouver, BC, in 2017. I was drawn to B&W because I found the simplicity of it allowed the viewer to focus more on the images composition and subject matter, rather than bold or distracting colors and gave my images a timeless feel.

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Did you take into account the models background, values, and personality while taking their portraits ?

When I’m out on the streets or in public looking for photos, almost all of my images are reactionary. I rarely stop on one street corner or area and wait out images. I continuously move and look for scenes that interest me and react as they unfold. So I never really consider much about the subject before taking the photo. If something, or someone, or the light catches my eye, I snap a photo.

Do you switch mindsets when you’re taking pictures in other countries?

That mostly depends on the country and their culture and norms I suppose. In some countries nobody bats an eye when you’re snapping a photo of them on the street and in other places people can be less receptive to it and don’t want to be photographed in public. I found London very easy to shoot street in, because most of the time it’s so busy and everyone is in such a rush that no one even notices you taking their photo.

What’s the most fascinating thing you can think of about london?

I think it’s diversity and history are fascinating. The history of the buildings and places and the stories that go along with them, and the city’s wide range of cultures and people make it an endlessly interesting city to photograph in.

Why did you cut your 2 year visa short?

I cut my visa short because as great of a city as London can be, it’s also a tough city to live in and after living in 4 different cities in 4 years, I wanted some more stability in my life and chose to move back to Canada.

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Valentine's Flip

Is it too early to mention the ‘V’ word?

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Ah, Valentines. The most cursed & contrived of all the holidays. Couples dotingly gazing across each other eyes; yearning Lady, horny Tramp, unbroken spaghetti. ‘Oh but our love is special and unique’ and… shared with two dozen other pairings clinking and slurping and carefully concealing unruly gas.

Maybe you’ll get laid tonight if you go for the oysters and bellini lovers-combo starter? A sparkly heart-shaped flan could seal the deal? Should we stay for the aphrodisiacs coffee?

It blows on our side too. Flipping tables for pairs. Often awkward service. Nonsense specials. People staying too long, leaving too soon. is it busy enough to be a vibe but quiet enough to be intimate? No spark, no fun. Bring In The Singles.

This year we’re going singles only. We’ll throw in some solid party-starters courtesy of our pals at Tito’s Vodka (plug) & our CBD kitchen (plug 2); mix with a group of up-for-it people, loud music, some off-kilter conversation starters and we have the tonic for a good night out.

Interested? ~ sign up below to bypass our normal bookings procedure and we’ll send you full details the week before:

13.02.19 NB ~ due to excessive demand this list is now full to women and we have a spots only left for men!

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About Parties*

*Not an essay on the genesis of the current constitutional crisis.

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There’s enough of that out there already. Here’s a short bulletin on that sweet, intoxicating reprise: parties / late 4am sessions / communal dances & gatherings, will all be held on the last weekend of every month this year providing clarity and sanity to us, punters and our neighbours alike. If you want to make use of the booth and host a seedy soirée please do reach out through the usual channels.

We will still take requests for private hires for special occasions (weddings, birthdays, divorce settlements etc) on other such weekends and put in for late hours if requested.

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✰ A real Thanksgiving Story ✰
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And so the story goes… The pilgrims arrived in the new world and wanted to celebrate the first harvest with the Native Indians but, the Americans (for that is what they are) turned around and said: “screw thee, for where is my samosa to go with the beer you puritanical pikers also conveniently forgot to bring?” and told them to pack up their poxy harvest and go back from whence they came.

As of tomorrow at Behind This Wall we will be celebrating the real Thanksgiving with the fabulous Secret Samosa Club taking over the kitchen and offering fab flavours from ‘Punjabi Cheeseburger’ to ‘Vegan Dosa Samosas’. It’s a paltry fiver for two hearty pockets and it’s fair to say we are salivating at the prospect of this partnership. In the words of ol’ honest Abe: “a more perfect snack whilst on the razz could not be found”.

To cap the first week, Sunday brings this gift:

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The DJ booth
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⤙ 𝑻𝒉𝒖𝒓𝒔𝒅𝒂𝒚 ⤛ 𝑆𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑦 ↜
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Some you may have noted our custom pulley DJ booth; this will be out in play on the days listed, shifting the bar into a dim-lit, extra-sensory listening and dancing space! We have some great bills coming up with PanatypeVandelay RadioPlanet Panama and Tiff's Joints 
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You can book booths as normal on either of these days - if you're interested in throwing an event on Sunday and you know us or want to know us better; please pop in and say hey.
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The booth is also available during private hires which can be booked here.

➫ CBD in cocktails ~ a joint (ad)venture {sic} ☻
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On Monday, to open London Cocktail Week, we'll be hosting a special event with Seedlip at the bar looking at the marriage between CBD and no / lo serves with a talk from Spiros Malandrakis and insights into our house syrup. To attend rsvp to alex@behindthiswall.com

☇ This is our newest offering: The 'Fo'Sizzle Dizzle Swizzle' - Drum & Black spiced rum, Akashi-Tai Honjozo Genshu sake • House CBD honey & ginger syrup, lime juice, Birds weissbrand • Bittermens burlesque bitters, kenaf leaf

Let that seep in.

α ḉʊʟтʊяε øƒ ♥ї☺ℓℯη¢ℯ #1804

Watch things on g-d-pr


Feels like it's finally safe to poke our little heads above the parapet here. Still not much wiser on what is GDPR, who made it up and why this newsletter continues to circulate; but, hey, beyond the meta existential crisis we are all invariably avoiding through carefully construed inbox management, the inter-world rumbles on and I'm still getting emails about PPI.

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♔ Return of the Mao ♔

For real ✌︎ Remember November and those tasty noodles? Julian is back in the kitchen(ette) and is here to stay, or at least until the drains block & the arches implode.

Old classics and future favourites like a 'tuna' 'sashimi' that's actually dehydrated watermelon rehydrated in broth to look at taste like raw fish. But it's not. It's all vegan - X'ian inspired inauthentic Chinese. Fancy that ⍤

Here every Thursday through Saturday from now until forever or drains etc...

Book through the site pls, in an orderly fashion

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Little Concert with KATIS


This Sunday it's our first try at live music; doing a special show with Airbnbstarring singer + songwriter on the rise, Phoebe Katis.

Doors are from 18:30 as an ACOV special we'll give the first 5 people to reply to this blogpost 2 tickets. Just like that!

All the info you need for this one is ⇢ here

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⌇Liner Notes


Ok - cutting through the grease here like a discarded body building supplement through an underground fatberg (read the news - it's a good simile).

Last time out one member left the flock for the trifling reason of 'spammy content'. *yesweseethatandithurts* I guess the opening paragraph about the weather was little trite, but you have to push through to get to the good stuff.

Good stuff like this; presented here in an easily digestible list form because people seem to like that. Blame buzzfeed but don't dress it up and take it out on the town thinking you're fooling anyone...

23 great reasons to visit Behind This Wall this week!!!!!!:

  1. We built a DJ booth
  2. It comes down from the ceiling on pulleys
  3. Yup, that strange box hanging precariously over the dancefloor is not an air conditioning unit
  4. It has two decks and a mixer in it
  5. We will use it on Sundays (and maybe some Thursdays)
  6. Sundays like this one coming
  7. Where we will be in collab with the good folk at Reyka Vodka (told you last time we liked them)
  8. We'll also be exploring rare/unheard Icelandic psych/funk/soul from the 70s and 80s
  9. Check the facebook event out
  10. There will be a punch bowl - proceeds of which will go to crowdfunding the Icelandic cricket team
  11. The football team did well so we thought why not give 'em a hand to get a summer activity on the get go?
  12. They have enough light in summer
  13. But, this is the idea for 'Liner Notes' you see
  14. We'll be doing one every month or so
  15. Where you can get closer to a brand we love and dig around an oddball native music scene that accompanies it
  16. There will be lots of lovely Icelandic drinks & other bits
  17. You can visit at other times too
  18. This is quite hard to fill out
  19. And we don't have a natty map or graphic to support it
  20. So, we imagine you're quite bored now
  21. Can we throw a free Vodka Tonic your way?
  22. Come to the bar and say 'I got to 21' and we'll give you one
  23. That's it.
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Surviving heat rash


Last week was hot and you all decided to go to the park which we don't blame you for. But with the dangers of dIY BBQing now well documented in the mainstream media, you should really look to establishments like ours for refuge after a long day frazzling yourselves outside.

There's an old wives tale that you should never eat an oyster in a month without an 'R' in it. With that in mind we'll be ceasing to shuck from May 1st through to the end of August while the little fellas do their breeding business in peace. This means there'll be a new exciting food offering launching instead: making us - your friendly, local, neighbourhood basement bar - the perfect hotspot to recharge on your way home.   

Watch for the announcement next week. ✌︎ 

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Spring's technicolor dreamcoat


Good afternoon. Hoping this finds you drenched in the torrid rains of spring optimism? Just as the easterly beast came and went, so the transition into the new season has been met with as much damp-grey as a drowned suit.

Downstairs at 411 Mare St. we have a new menu in play; wherein we make it feel like it really is winter's end, not this wheezy, flaccid lurch. The bar is set to stun and the new drinks line up like sweet, delicious, pert macaroons.

⍢ "It’s here, it’s really here. Hoist up the maypole and run naked through the meadow."

⍡ 'Careful not to cut yourself on the wheat, now. That can really stick.'

We’re on a bit of a French leaning tip this time out; a booze-cruise to Calais that went wrong when the wi-fi dropped out and somehow we found ourselves channeling that Manon de Source vibe down in Provence. A peaty, verbena-laced Cognac sazerac, that rhubarb and lavender daiquiri, a calvados-cum-pistachio-cum-amaretti fix, a purple ‘vivant’ French 75 (for Prince) and an ode to the ferry crossing from Plymouth to Normandy; all served up in glorious technicolor!

Come taste ❀

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Easter weekend


With the season comes a tonne of bank holidays; the first being this weekend, which, unless you're holy (come on), is an excuse to really lean out into a good solid stretch of drinking. From Thursday we'll be open longer and later & if you fancy finding a real 'easter egg'  you'd do a lot worse than to pop your hollow-choccy head round the corner on Sunday.

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Meantime here's a picture Alex took in Iceland last week with the Reyka vodkaexpedition. They deserve a plug for taking care of him, and frankly, you do too for quite possibly getting him there on a lovely all-expenses jolly. So this is the thanks you get: a picture of a tourist checking her picture in front of something actually worth looking at. You should go.

And drink Reyka. Always. ✌︎ 

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