The team at Behind This Wall will be opening a new bar in Hackney just in time for winter. Having held a four month residency on the Oval Space terrace over the past summer; the former Plastic People club night, roving record fair and peripatetic bar are now settling in to their first fixed abode. The space will be contemporary and tactile in design and feel, with Martin Hannett’s — the inimitable producer of Joy Division and noted audiophile — old Tannoy Gold sound-system warming the aural environ.
The menu has been developed again by bar-tender Alex Harris, building on the ‘Medicinal Mixology’ concept honed over the summer at the Oval Space. As Alex himself says: “We work with refined, small-batch distillers and producers; all our ingredients are free of artificial additives, colours or flavours, high fructose corn syrup or unnecessary sugar. The idea is to rebuild classic cocktails (with seasonal, botanical or herbaceous enhancements) around this philosophy. The notion to the potions: let’s drink to good health!” For food offerings Alex has expanded on the usual BTW oyster raw bar with several Hawaiian poke (pronounced ‘poh-kee’) dishes.