If there’s one thing guaranteed to encourage you to take a sneaky peek at something that you really shouldn’t be looking at, it’s hearing the tantalising words,
“Nothing to see here….”
Located under a large, lit-up cinema billboard currently bearing this exact sentence: basement speakeasy, Ruby’s.
Hidden underground in a space previously filled by a Chinese Takeaway that really lived up to its name (by being taken away), Ruby’s is an intimate, subterranean drinking den serving an ever-changing selection of cocktails that include Blackberry Mojitos served in original 1940s milk bottles, and passion fruit bison vodka juleps delivered in old tin cups.
As testament to the bar’s quirky, candlelit interior – barely-painted walls; glazed, white brick; antiques; patchy wallpaper; mismatched furniture and dark wooden floors – artists from Adele to Rihanna have been known to pop in for photo shoots and filming. The lights are dim; the music’s soft; and it’s the perfect spot for a post-dinner nightcap…
NOTE: Ruby’s Bar is open from Wed-Sat, 6.30pm-2am and is also available for private hire (up to 60 people). Ruby’s Lounge next door is open on Fridays and Saturdays, and is a more raucous den for bigger groups. Find out more, and make a booking, HERE.
Ruby’s Bar & Lounge | 76 Stoke Newington Road, N16 7XB
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