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Yassss! Dalston Superstore is launching new bar Karaoke Hole

The Kingsland High Street basement dive will see pro drag queens and brave amateurs alike on its disco ball-clad stage


ost Londoners of a certain age have a soft spot for Dalston Superstore, the brilliant Berlin-style cafe-bar-club that opened in 2009 when that stretch of the capital was *officially* the hottest place on the planet.

At the time my office was down the road, so we would regularly have ‘meetings’ there, a spot of lunch – and of course, many a late night. Ahem.

And now the good news: nearly a decade later the same team is opening up something that’s so 2018 it’s ridiculous(ly brilliant): a new karaoke dive bar, called (geddit?) the Karaoke Hole.

Tucked away on Kingsland High Street, the ‘K’ Hole will play host to professional drag queens and (brave) amateurs alike, all stepping into the limelight on the disco ball-clad stage. Strategically-placed wind machines will, of course, allow every performer to unleash their inner RuPaul. Yaaasss!


Punters will descend the stairs to the subterranean, neon-lit lounge, and you can pre-book tables to join in on the action while sipping on cocktails with apt names like the Total Eclipse and the Dancing Queen. Fancy dress is, of course, encouraged.

And then the show starts. London’s top drag performers will take to the stage to belt out the classics alongside stardom-searching audience members. Over the coming months the likes of Geri Halliwell devotee Just May, Sink the Pink superstar Little Jimmy Johnson and Dalston Superstore’s very own agony aunt Dr. Sharon Husbands will rock up for one-offs.

Let’s hope our current faves, the talented and hilaire Virgin Xtravaganza, Lydia La Scabies, drag king Adamall and drag prince Alfie Ordinary – who were all on the same bill at Private Widdle’s awesome Drag Race down in Deal last weekend – are also on the cards.

“We wanted to bring our take on karaoke to Dalston, and the Karaoke Hole is the perfect way to bring together the holy trinity of karaoke, drag and glitter under one roof,” reckons Superstore big cheese Dan Beaumont.

He said it. So from the 24th of this month, sashay that way. OK?

Karoake Hole, from 24th May, open Thursday 6pm-2am, Friday & Sat till 3am. 95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB. Bookings can be made at

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