We love a good drag show and were delighted to test-drive Wringer + Mangle’s Dine & Drag show recently
The Wringer + Manglevenue itself has bags of character. It’s relaxed and unpretentious – think rustic with a modern twist – with muted colours, lots of greenery and all sorts of quirky, interesting things dotted around the room and on the walls. The front area features a backdrop of large windows and a trellis of climbing plants on the wall to the left, and becomes a feature in itself when not doubling as the stage.
It’s immediately clear that a lot of thought has gone into creating a welcoming atmosphere, and it’s the kind of place where you can easily feel comfortable enjoying a leisurely Sunday brunch, a romantic evening meal or a drag show. Somehow it just works.
The food for Dine & Drag is a well thought-out set menu with three options (meat, fish or vegan) and was excellent. Generous but not OTT portions, with fresh, seasonal, locally-sourced produce and a bit of bubbly to wash it down. As with the ambience of the venue itself, the food is beautifully and imaginatively presented; a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
On to the show itself which was a lot of fun and had everything you would expect from a good drag show. OTT frocks and make up, lots of bling and sparkle, lots of laughs and as camp as you can get. The performers did a great job of engaging the packed audience and the atmosphere was buzzing. And, as you would expect, there was quite a lot of audience participation. After all, who doesn’t like belting out a song and bringing out their inner Diva?
Dine & Drag at Wringer + Mangle
13-18 Sidworth Street, Hackney, E8 3SD
Two sittings every Friday evening; 7pm & 9pm.
From £45 pp includes 2 course set meal (vegan option available), some bubbly and after-party with Drag Queen DJ.ALSO
The restaurant itself offers a variety of options depending on the day and is open 7 days a week.
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Photos ©Kris Humphreys Photography Dine And Drag Wringer And Mangle