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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.
Pizza and cocktails – does it get much better? Yeah, probably but it’s still a winning combo for casual night out as I found when I stopped by the recently opened Ray’s Bar in Dalston.The team behind Voodoo Ray’s and Dalston Superstore launched Ray’s Bar about a month ago. The basement bar sits beneath Voodoo Ray’s (but is entered from a separate door) and is hardly a minute’s saunter from Dalston Superstore.It’s designed to be a late night destination. With the low of neon art, long bank of plush seating and ample floor space to sway, and DJ spinning vinyl from a cosy nook, Ray’s most certainly...
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