Bar review: Behind This Wall on The Narrow Way, Hackney
No, it’s not behind any wall. It’s down some stairs and if it’s behind anything, it’s velvet curtains. Other than its name, though, guests are unlikely to quibble with there being a new bar on the Narrow Way.
Alex Harris opened Behind This Wall (previously used as storage for a local Turkish social club) back in February after many years working in food and drink for the Soho House group.
He is a London lad who grew up in Baltimore and returned to the capital to settle in Bethnal Green. The East Coast connection pops up on the menu in a few places (Vermont whiskey and cheddar, oysters, Providence Martinis) but the atmosphere in his bar is otherwise pure Hackney.
I reviewed the bar for the Hackney Citizen’s November 2016 issue. To read more from my brief spell as the features editor at the paper when I first went freelance or read some of the features I wrote afterwards for the sister paper, the East End Review, head over to the site, or go straight:
- Documentary-maker George Amponsah talks Mark Duggan, Met policing and the best way to protest police violence
- Cargo, a new play opening at the Arcola this month, recreates a border crossing in real time
- Comics artist Will Volley may have the perfect pitch for his new graphic novel – selling door-to-door