Behind This Wall
This underground cubby hole provides excellent seasonal cocktails, a small menu of tasty bites and some of the best quality sound this side of the Brandenburg Gate. Propping up the bar here reminds us of being in the kitchen at a house party - a particularly stylish one. It may be a squeeze, but you get the feeling you'll miss something truly great if you leave. It wouldn't be unusual to share a knowing smile with the DJ over some crisp electronic beats; or swap a joke with the bar staff while they cooly whip you up a blend of unknown spirits with genuinely inventive seasonal touches. This is a cocktail emporium of the most laid-back variety; a good time bar with exceedingly good taste.
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