Dalston Superstore team to open new late-night cocktail bar

Ray's Bar

The team behind Dalston Superstore bar and Voodoo Ray’s pizza parlour in east London are to launch a new late-night drinking spot.

Due to open in late October in the former Dance Tunnel space in Kingsland High Street in Dalston, Ray’s Bar will specialise in cocktails and a roster of DJs playing on vinyl.

With a seating capacity of around 50, it promises stunning interiors with brightly coloured textured interiors, eye-catching monochrome patterns and mirrored disco walls.

The “innovative” cocktail menu will be divided into “aperitifs”, “mains” and “desserts”, showcasing craft spirits alongside fresh ingredients and homemade bitters.

Aperitifs will include the Shady Pines, made with Beefeater 24 gin, Strega, elderflower, rosemary, lemon juice and egg white, and the Pink Flamingo with rhubarb, Campari, grapefruit and prosecco.

The “mains” will include the Tunnel Dancer, available only after midnight, which will be made with Lagavulin single malt whisky, bourbon, chilli and rhubarb bitters.

“Dessert” cocktails will include Sensational Sherry, with sherry, dark rum, dark cacao and cream, and the Labyrinth, with Vida Mezcal, white cacao, vermouth and dark chocolate.

Guests can also enjoy fresh pizza from the upstairs Voodoo Ray’s, which can be delivered to their table in Ray’s Bar.

It will be open seven days a week and is aimed at a diverse crowd with customers drawn from the extended Superstore, Voodoo Ray’s and Dance Tunnel family.

Dance Tunnel, which opened in late 2012, closed in August after the owners said they were unable to continue because of the “licensing climate” for clubs in the district of Hackney.

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