Imagine a room the scale of a walk-in wardrobe, with solely 4 stools, a small bar and cabinets overflowing with apothecary vials, whisky bottles and classic curiosities. It’s the type of storybook hideout you all the time wished as a toddler – besides with the added bonus of high quality cocktails tailor-made particularly to your tastes.
Welcome to Backdoor 43 on Ripa di Porta Ticinese in Milan. Billed because the smallest bar within the world (a title they’re hoping to make official by making use of to the Guinness World Records), at 4 metres sq., it’s simply sufficiently big for you, three associates and the bartender. Book it for 90 minutes at a time and it’s like your personal non-public speakeasy.
You can play chess, you may drink as little or as a lot as you want (inside cause), whereas some even benefit from the added privateness to get a little bit amorous with their family members. The discreet bartender additionally wears a Guy Fawkes masks, which lends them the type of anonymity that enables patrons to chill out unguarded. Meanwhile, the whole lot is catered to your tastes, from the crafted cocktails to the music. It’s this distinctive bespoke expertise that in accordance with co-owner Flavio Angiolillo ‘…makes this place so original. No other place exists like it in the world’.
The brainchild of Angiolillo and Marco Russo (additionally they personal neighbouring Mag Bar), the concept started with takeaway cocktails, which is the opposite fundamental focus of the bar. A small choice of basic cocktails may be ordered from a slot window to the road, which exposes solely the arms of the bartender (so no peeking inside!).
The bar and takeaway service is open from 7.30pm to 3am on daily basis. Bookings for the bar must be made round two weeks upfront.
Backdoor 43 must be warned although; they’ll have stiff competitors from Brooklyn’s Threesome Tollbooth which inserts simply three individuals.
By Stephanie Ong