Ray's Bar 1

95 Kingsland High Street , London, E8 2PB

  • Ray s Bar east London bar pizza
  • Ray s Bar east London bar pizza

SquareMeal Review of Ray's Bar

Kingsland Road clubbers’ loss was the Dalston drinker’s gain when Dance Tunnel relaunched in November 2016 as Ray’s Bar. The defunct club’s owners – also behind Voodoo Ray’s pizza parlour, upstairs – have transformed these long basement premises into something akin to a 1970s suburban dive. Fabulously tacky styling (all ghastly glitz, brown mirror tiled walls and a back bar luridly lit in magnificent Midori green) sets the atmospheric scene for on-point mixes prepped by boyish banter merchants. Tasty calls include a Martell brandy, orgeat and pear Collins; Labyrinth (a smooth bitter chocolatey Mezcal Manhattan) and Tunnel Dancer (a Lagavulin whisky and Jim Beam Double Oak bourbon Old Fashioned, £8), whose surprise is a tonsil-tickling chilli kick. Sloppy-top 22-inch pizzas (all £26) can be ordered from upstairs. As the night draws on, expect shonky shape-throwing to co-owner/ DJ Dan Beaumont’s old-school soul and disco… all on original 1970s vinyl, natch.

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