A truly cinematic speakeasy
Stroll under a Hackney cinema billboard reading "Nothing To See Here", and you'll find Ruby's: a speakeasy run by a pair of location scouts, set in a basement that's seen shoots for both videos (Adele & Amy Winehouse) and flicks like The King's Speech, which probably got even more incomprehensible in places like this. Oddly, the spot also used to be a Chinese takeaway (apparently one with bad fortunes), and while the new operation is furnished with ornate antiques, they've maintained its raggedly stripped wallpaper of indeterminate age.
The cocktails, which rotate monthly, are each served in their own unique vessel, e.g., the blackberry mojito comes in original '40s Manchester milk bottles, passionfruit Bison Vodka juleps are served in tin cups, and vintage coupes house Hemingway Daiquiris, a fine way to herald a farewell to legs. A strong beer lineup (Brooklyn, Vedett, Blue Moon...) shores up options including Breton Cider and ales bussed in from their neighbors at Redchurch, like Shoreditch Blonde, Great Eastern Pale & Hoxton Stout, all named for places that have seen a lot of shoots.