SquareMeal Review of
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.