Clearly a skip down the slightly fishy Ridley Road Market is a little too far for most Shoreditch w*nkers, because this bar is refreshingly free of the undercuts, leotards and attitude Dalston has become known for. By day Ridley Road Market Bar has a laid back vibe with people having coffee or drinking cans of Red Stripe, and plenty of local market traders too.
But by night this turns into a disco-dancing tiki hot house like the seventies took a holiday in Hawaii. Think Club Tropicana in a DIY Dalston dive. The walls are made of off-cut wood panels, the dance floor is chequered, there are pot plants everywhere and it all has a hashed together vibe that makes BarChick feel it’s perfectly okay to get a little crazy. And so we did. On a summer Saturday night even the glitter ball is dripping with sweat and the fake parrot is flapping. Pretty dreamy really.
They’ve got a little makeshift terrace with picnic tables and a street food van with rotating vendors from the brilliantly named Slice Girls to Hoxton Beach Falafel. The cocktails are easy peasy and delicious like the Bloody Gin (bloody orange juice and gin) or ginger Mojitos, all in plastic cups with lots of ice. All BarChick wanted for was some sand between our toes…maybe next time.