‘Nothing to see here’ says the illuminated sign outside, but don’t let that discourage you. Ruby House is a five-storey townhouse hired out as an artfully dishevelled backdrop for fashion shoots and music videos. The style continues down to the basement bar – it’s tiled with glorious glazed bricks, the wooden floorboards are battered but sturdy, and there’s an assortment of original features probably imported from somewhere else. The decor feels half-finished or half-started, depending how you look at it. Five simple cocktails, elevated to something more special by clever presentation (piled with crushed ice and berry garnishes in an antique milk bottle, say, or in an enamel mug). There’s the full range of craft beers from Redchurch Brewery, and a wine list. Ruby’s is a nice bar. No food, no faff, nice drinks, nice atmosphere, just a nice place. Our fave new hidden Dalston spot. But don’t tell everyone.
For info, see Rubys listing.