According to head bar-tender Dave Miller, party-seeking Dalstonites still arrive at Ray’s Bar in bemusement at finding the once throbbing Dance Tunnel nightclub is now a rather chichi cocktail joint. While the late-licence remains, the subterranean bar’s vibe is less four-to-the-floor party beats, more, sleek 1980s Miami, thanks to polished black marble surfaces, purple walls, fringed greenery and neon strip-lights. Kitsch, but with class.
Ray’s Bar is a joint venture between the guys from Voodoo Rays – the now iconic pizza emporium upstairs, and the team behind ultra-awesome neighbouring nightspot, Dalston Superstore. And it combines the best aspects of both: 22inch pizza delivered to your padded leather booth as you sip a Pink Flamingo cocktail to the sounds of disco or jazz? Why not.
And cocktails are what Ray’s Bar do best – the menu rotates seasonally and manages to perfectly straddle the line between cool novelty factor (check out the Tiki-inspired Last Mango in Paris served in an Easter Island head) and mixology mastery. Their signature Ray’s Negroni puts a great twist on the classic with Jensen’s Old Tom Gin, vermouth, Amaro Averna, Campari and bitters.