Food & Drink

A truly cinematic speakeasy

Published On 04/05/2012 Published On 04/05/2012
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1. Ruby's 76 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London, N16 7XB (Hackney)

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.