I scored a free meal here during the launch of the City Hawk app. It was a nice night out but Ruby Blue didn't wow me enough to come back, which I always think is a shame.
When we arrived, we were one of two tables in whole dining area. They sat us in the middle of the restaurant, but we asked if we could move to a comfier seat with no luck. Before we knew it we were the only ones in the restaurant. Remind me again why we couldn't move?!
Obviously, because the meal was free, we were dining on a select menu. We ordered the chicken wings, the fajitas and the ribs. The presentation was nice but the quantity and quality of the food was not outstanding. We shared a pitcher of pornstar margaritas, which were really good, but I'm not sure about the value for money on that one.
Reading some of the other reviews, I'm not really surprised as I see what they are saying. Ruby Blue isn't known for being a restaurant, but more as bar. Clearly, the reason for this is the food itself. It's not somewhere I would bring someone for a sit down meal in Leicester Square. They have the prime location, but I think more effort needs to be put into the food side of Ruby Blue if they want to build a better reputation for the restaurant.
Sat down for 45min before a waiter/waitress even approached our table. Perhaps we were wearing an invisibility cloak that I was unaware of?
When drinks arrived they were small and tasteless, thankfully ordered during happy hour otherwise would have been more unimpressed. Food was average and although the place was only half full the waiters were determined to leave us in peace even after asking for the bill 3 times without them returning!
My recommendation: Don't book this for a special occasion anytime soon!
Foods ok but that's about it. Loud music and a club atmosphere doesn't make for a good dining experience. Dark and loud. Not great for conversation.
Make sure you pick two items from the menu as most of the wine and food they don't have.
The staff are fairly rude and abrupt too. Avoid.
Incompetent staff, music too loud before 10 O'clock, water down cocktails.
If you decide to book a table in the bar make sure you check your reservation twice, you might get throw off your table..
Would never bring anyone to this place..
Only Suitable for rust after work crowds, pub crawlers & ladettes.
It was quite a disappointment for me n my friends. We went there on a Friday night after 10. The music was loud but was definitely not groovy enough. Plus, where's the vodka gone in Woo-woo?
Decent music, friendly crowd, terrible value for drinks
I went to Ruby Blue last night for a friend's bday party with pretty much the idea of getting hammered and dancing. In my opinion, that isn't really a lot to ask for at a Soho club. Sadly, it was not to be.
Despite the bar not being that crowded when I got there, the bartender still took about 15 minutes to realise we were waiting to order drinks. Once he finally looked up, we learned that they were out of tequila (despite a bottle of jose being quite obvious on the bar behind him). I ordered a couple of long island iced teas. Now I've only just got my bartender certification stateside but even I know that a long island isn't made up of a shot of vodka, lemon juice, and cola mixed in a tall glass. There are supposed to be 5 different types of alcohol in it!
For the area, the drinks were fairly cheap (cocktails were 6.40) but then again the quality was pretty cheap too.
Music was alright and we enjoyed singing and dancing but I think that was more the people than the club. For a place that self proclaims it is the most stylish club in London, it's a joke.
I'm not going to be going back by choice, well not for a drink at least.
I am not a fan of Club+Restaurant places, but I decided to give this a go... and once again, I confirmed it : dont expect a good meal.
Starter: avocado and crayfish. Bland and nothing special. even the avocado was tasteless.
Burger... so so... dry meat, too much onion... nothing special, once again.
Service: a nightmare. Except the young blonde girl who served us (who was nice and efficient), the rest had a "I dont care" attitude.
One thing is for sure... I will not be back
Apparently this place triples up as a restaurant, bar and night-club. I have only been to the night club part, and can't say I thought much about it. Thank goodness the company I was with was good, and I was fueled enough by some alcohol, but aside from that I didn't really rate it.
You can tell that almost too much thought has gone into the interior to try make it 'grand' and 'elegant' . The main bar has trompe l'oeils of Renaissance images painted on the ceiling and marble looking floors. But all this ends up making the room just look tacky. But each room is designed differently, so the rooms which are more toned down are definitely more agreeable to the eye.
Fun for a laugh with a good group of people, otherwise, nothing overtly special. Our night ended with a group of rowdy girls break out in a fight...oh how civilized it all was!
I have been to Ruby Blue twice and I can't say that I haven't had a good time, but I just think the place is too big for the amount of people that tend to go there. The menu is very good however and the restaurant staff are probably the friendliest bunch I have come across. I think they are perhaps in the arts as they like to sing and dance!
Before eating, we went into the bar area which on a Saturday night I expected to be a lot busier. The decor is very decadent and elaborate and possibly a little too much - lots of purple suede sofas and ruby red curtains. I found it a little odd. The other bars area which I went to on the next visit is a touch more neutral and I much preferred this as the atmosphere was more relaxed. Unfortunately when we went to eat we were placed next to a table of 30 school kids who were at that age where they are excited to be out at night in London. It was a little frustrating and noisy but after a couple of wines you don't notice so much!
I've been to Ruby Blue on their 'Sizzling Saturday' night for a friends Birthday, but after moving on from a great bar, the night went down hill after coming here.
The entry price is £12, which is reasonable, and even though the space itself has potential (downstairs is there's an elongated bar area with a dance floor and upstairs a nice patio area) the whole club is devoid of good taste. For example, the areas are split into booths with overly decorated themes including a Wood Booth, a Silver Booth and the worst, the Fur Booth. The cheesy r n b/commercial loving crowd is as bad as the decoration. If I hadn't have been with such a large group of friends I would have found the boisterous, leery men that it's full of very intimidating.
As if the commercial music, awful people (apart from my lovely group of course) and tacky decor wasn't bad enough, I also discovered my phone had been stolen half way through the night. The staff were very unhelpful and by the time I managed to cancel it the thief had already run up a massive bill. These are the sort of people who hang out at Ruby Blue. Also, at the end of the night a huge fight broke out and the bouncers did a very unprofessional job of trying to calm everyone down and if anything more people were caught in the cross fire. At one point as I was collecting my coat I actually had to jump behind a table as all hell broke loose!
A really horrible night and I hear my experience is not uncommon. Best to be avoided at all costs!
I went to Ruby Blue for a Birthday Party and I wasn't all that impressed. When I arrived there was no line, yet they made me wait outside by myself for 5-10 minutes, ridiculous! My friend had a guest list and after giving her name they lifted the velvet rope as if I'd won a pass to dinner with the Queen, ridiculous! As I entered I was left thinking that I would not have gotten in if it were not for the guest list, I hate that kind of pretentious BS, ridiculous!
After I found my friends, the club was crowded and you had to wiggle your way through the throngs of people, things became a little less ridiculous. The music was okay and for a string of 6-7 songs the DJ was playing songs I love so I was a dancing queen! After that the music was up and down, the DJ was a little all over the place so you had to just go with the flow. The drinks weren't bad, I have no idea what they cost because I was there with the guys and they insisted on paying, so that part was super! I had a fun night, but it was because of the company, not the club!
Oh dear. I tried. I tried really hard to put all of my Leicester Sqaure prejudices aside. Really I did. Instead, I should have stayed at home. Worst nightclub ever.
Ruby Blue is tacky. It's expensive. The music is so bad we wanted to hide away in a corner. I was with some of the most lovely fun people I know and we all left the party by midnight.
The worst thing is, my friend was holding the party we were at and usually they are brilliant. This one had a black and white masked ball theme. Fabulous. No. It wasn't. I feel like my brilliant new dress was wasted. I was groped a lot though. Grrr.
Oh, and if the atmosphere, music and general wandering hands isn't enough, it'll cost you £7.50 for a large gin and tonic and for some reason they put ice and lemon in my wine.
I don't know why either.
It is excellent for happy hour, especially the choice of cocktails served in pitchers. Just make sure you have someone to take you home!
The food is ok, and very worthwhile if you book through toptable.co.uk, which offers a 50% discount on food at certain times
The selection of food and wine available is fantastic, but do not expect to be blown away by the culinar skills of the cook!
I would describe the restaurant as an up-market weatherspoons, and the food (with 50% off) actually works ot cheaper than weatherspoons!!!
A great place to have a fun night out with friends. I have been a few times, both for drinks and dinner, and I would certainly recommend to book a table for dinner if going in the weekend as it gets busy.
The food is just ok, but good value if you use the 50% off food with Toptable or Tastelondon. The cocktails are good, particularly Strawberry cloud, which I always order. Cocktails are £8 though, so if you want to have a couple of those you can go before 8pm to have them half price during the happy hour.
What makes this place great fun is the atmosphere that the sexy singer/pianist (a kind of handsome Brian Adams :) creates during dinner. Everyone in the room ends up singing and even some of them up dancing, making it a good place to take people that come to London for a good night out.
Went there a few weeks back for a friends' celebration and my conclusion is that:
- the DJ is very very good (or was that time. It was a saturday)
- the drinks are decent, if low on alcohol. At least the prices are not unreasonable
- the space is very limited. Things do get better past midnight when everyone scurries to catch the last tube. Once the lights go one though, regardless of what stumbling drunks are in the recesses of the place, if you're anywhere within sight of the bouncer, you will be made to stand up and walk to the street, rain or sunshine or destroyed feet. The man doesn't give ... well, a penny, I suppose.
Overall I think we had a good night, but mostly because we had a small area (2 small tables) where we could rest a little and leave our things.
The dancefloor is round the back and abysmally small, dark, and airless. So to be avoided. But the rest of the place is nice enough as far as London clubs go!
It is not a surprise that Leicester Square on a weekend is a loud, busy and most definitely fun place to be. Ruby Blue is a small club in the middle of leicester square. It has a very modern feel to it, however a nice detail is that in the middle of the club there is a small, cozy "relaxing" area decorated as a Morrocan harem.
There is no risk of having to wait in the bar to get a drink, the bar is wide and the bartenders work very fast to satisfy everyone.
I do have to complimate the DJ aswell, the music played was very randomly picked songs. This gave the atmosphere and mood some variation troughout the night
Hip hop/rnb, dancehall, old school rap, reagge, garage, funky house was the music played.
Pro's: Not too crowded but still lively, very social people, good music
Con's: A bit too small, very hot on the dancefloor
I went to Ruby Blue on a Friday night, entrance was £8, got there around midnight and it was quite crowded.
The drinks were a little overpriced but they had a nice selection of cocktails. The music varied from the charts to some older stuff and there was always a large group of people on the dancefloor.
The service was quite slow though, and there were a lack of places to sit. It also seemed that there were a lot more males than females there that night.
After a couple of hours we went outside for a cigarette and after that, they wouldn't let us back in the club. The doormen were extremely uncooperative as they wouldn't even give us a reason for this.
A good night out while it lasted.
I went to Ruby Blue for a friend`s birthday and I was so surprised I hadn`seen it before.
The decor and seats are awesome, it is a massive restaurant/club and never gets too busy.
It is a perfect place to go after work to enjoy the happy hour until 19:30. I wouldn`t recommend weekends cause it is typical for hens party, but if you don`t mind it is the place to go.
I went here on a Friday night for my friends birthday and had a good night. It is quite expensive but so are most bars in London. We decided to buy a bottle of wine for £25 which worked out better than £7 a glass.
There are 3 different levels, all of which decorated slightly different. The top floor has lots of comfy seating and the first floor has a dance floor.
There is music which was mainly dance.
For something a bit different, its worth a visit.
Ive been here on two occasions over the last year.. the first was with a pub crawl and i remember it being a packed and happening place - maybe a little too much on the night that i went. The next time i returned there to show some friends i was merely disappointed that it wasn't busy enough - except for the outdoor area which smelt like an ash tray and you couldnt move in. Drinks were a little overpriced - i think it could be possibly one of those hit and miss places cause the next time i went there was hardly anybody at all and it actually made the place dull.
I ate here one Friday evening with a 50% off all food offer from Top Table. I have to say the food wasn't too bad for what we paid for it, but I would have been disappointed if I'd paid full price - definitely not worth it!!
Leicester Square is a really busy a place where restaurants come and go. A few days ago I went to one called Ruby Blue- one of the new arrivals on a prime site that the previous occupants seemed to find untenable. All that has changed now and Ruby Blue aims to offer food and entertainment on a scale and in surroundings that are dramatically new. The restaurant's concept is to take the formality out of eating and replacing it with a friendly, collective experience amidst really funky décor. This depends upon a widely drawn series of dishes that lend themselves to shared eating from a menu that gains inspiration via the cuisines of Greece, Spain, India and China. So although starters, main course and puddings are all listed in the usual way, all the dishes can be shared. This, of course, makes for a diversity of flavours that many find a welcome change from the usual more formally defined courses. Some may call it a form of tapas I would call it ingeneous, most find it extends the tastebuds more subtly than that.
So in the course of one meal you could enjoy, for instance, the flavours of duck spring rolls with shredded cucumber and plum sauce, spiced crab cakes with mango salsa and seared beef skewers with toasted sesame and oyster sauce, skillet roasted Cumberland sausage with mustard mash and pan-fried onions, char grilled red snapper with melted peppers, rocket and tomatoes, and an egg tagliatelle with artichokes, roasted mushrooms and Gorgonzola cream. Instead of one pudding you could combine crème brulee and white chocolate cookie with strawberry jam Swiss roll and birds eye custard trifle, laced with a selection of ice cream and sugar curl wafers.
Ruby Blue has all the customary range of powerful cocktails for your pleasure and with Happy Hour from 5 to 7 pm every day your evening could be off to a very good start. They know how to look after you at Ruby Blue- service with a smile. An average meal would cost you 20.00 pounds,which is not bad
Went to Ruby last week on a random night out and come across it in the turning there ,
Had a really good night , love the decor of the bar ,
had a good night they had happy hour and really nice food , the only minus is it smelt a tiny bit but really close
easy peasy night out
The Ruby Blue Bar on the top floor of Ruby Blue has gone through many changes over the years. Previously Ruby Blue went by the name of Red Cube, and looks more or less the same (but with a different name). On the off chance that both myself and sister were in the West-end at the same time last Friday evening, we popped into the blue bar upstairs in Ruby Blue. I quite like the look of it when I attended a media / press conference there back in May. The Blue Bar has lots of comfortable leather sofas and large tables, with the bar at the entrance of the room. Curtains are draped across the windows, giving the bar a late evening feel even in the brightness of summer time.
There's a balcony area with tables and seating as well, for those who prefer the al-fresco experience. It's really pleasant on a summer's evening to look out over Leicester Square and just take in one spectacle of London life. Expect to pay approx. £4:00 for a glass of house white wine.
I think this place must have had a facelift recently. Went to a party here last night and everyone had warned me it was going to be horrible and tacky, but it was actually ok and not too terrible! Ok drinks and mediocre food, nothing too bad, but I wouldn't choose to go here. The party was in the private room upstairs, which was fine, but nothing special. Rather nice champagne cocktails though!
I wouldnt normally like a chintzy bar/eatery/club complex but I actually had a really nice night out here on a friends birthday. Good music, decent enough food and staff were really professional and friendly.
I kind of enjoyed it my friend hated it I think their is a racial thing with the bouncers as they were not rude to me I am half white/half indian and I look more white however my friend is from Turkmenistan and is quite darker and has an accent and they were really rude to her. The music was great and drinks and the atmosphere was good as well apart from the rude staff everything was good.
Very trendy bar/restaurant in the heart of Leicester Sq. The restaurant is upstairs and serves good modern British cuisines at reasonable prices. The Bar/Club is always packed and plays a good mixture of music. The crowd is quite mixed too and is always a good night out.
Brilliant for drinks after work, happy hour until 7pm, thereafter reasonably drinks and snacks. They play a variety of different music, friendly crowd, generally a good night out!
Stumbled across Ruby Blue on a night out. We were enticed in by promoters and given 'free shot' ticket.
I was hit but the pungent smell of vomit at the bar. The free shot was a tad stronger than tap water and tasted like it was waste product of a rodent with a urine infection. The only reason I stayed for another drink was so I could eradicate the rodent UTI taste from my mouth. The second drink wasn't great and my wallet didn't like it either.
Maybe we caught them on an off day, as lots of people on here seem to have enjoyed it!
In a little part of busy Leicester Square, a little bar is pumping, and full to capacity. I went there this weekend, and found the place to be quite small, or maybe it was just because it was jam packed! To be honest, I found the place quite standard with nothing special on offer. There is a few little VIP areas, one of them boasting an Arabyian themed room, and another little room off the dance floor overlooking the square, which was quite nice. But Ruby Blue did nothing much to excite my senses. The music was standard with a DJ annoyingly interrupting with his singing and wise (or so he thought) cracks over the music! The decore was nothing to boast about and with so many people inside you couldn't have a boogy, and the end of the main bar is not in service (it's the glassies domain) which caused confusion and frustration. It's in a great location which I think is very lucky for this bar, as it certainly doesn't stand out in my mind as anything special. And in such a great thriving city such as London, that has so many wonderous places and events on offer - you can't really afford to be second best!
decor was nice but the whole place seemed like it was trying too hard. Music is a bit dodgy, really good tracks and really bad tracks mixed up together
Ruby Blue's on a Friday night attracts a young crowd of stylish partygoers. The bar has a moderate size dance floor alongside divisional seating 'compartments' which are ideal for groups both large and small. The music tends to be very commercial dance music (think Girls Aloud, Britney Spears, etc.) however it does get very busy which makes it an overall enjoyable experience.
Good for drinks after work as they have a happy hour until 7pm. If there is going to be a big crowd, I would suggest reserving an area. You have to pay to reserve a big area but you can redeem your money off food and/or drinks. The music here is really good, party tracks mixed in (commercial pop/rnb and old stuff like Michael Jackson). As it is located in Leceister Sq, it does attract tourists but in the week alot of people from after work are also found here.
Happy Hour until 8pm even on a Friday and Saturday this is a great place to go for some cocktails after work.
All cocktails in Happy Hour are about £3.50/ £3.95 for a glass or a jug for £9 instead of £15. The Strawberry Cloud cocktail is amazing!
If you go straight after work Monday to Thursday you will have a choice of seats or booths but on a Friday or Saturday it really is best to book and reserve an area especially if there are a few of you. The bar is modern with great decor and the bar staff I have found to be pretty friendly and accomodating.
You can get bar snacks in the bar or go upstairs to the restaurant (best to book). The restaurant is pricey for what it is - about £15 to £20 for a main course which is essential burger and grill type food just jazzed up a bit. We went with a 2 for 1 voucher so made it better value!
The decor of the restaurant is gorgeous like someones very snazzily interior designed living or dining room. It feels quite upmarket and is a lovely place to go for a special occasion - just not for the food necessarily. It's edible and some things are nice but I wouldn't go here specifically for the food. I had chilli lamb on sweet potatoes - I think they forgot the chilli though it just tasted of chargrilled lamb - no chilli at all!
I cant believe people didnt like this place. My boyfriend took me last weekend for my birthday and we had the most wonderful time. There was a guy playing the piano and singing which some would see as really cheesy but everyone was loving it, singing along in a non karaoke way. I really enjoyed the food (salmon and prawns with asparagus and new potatoes) and my other half had the surf and turf which was a good size but not too big. Cocktails were great, i know its a classic but i would really reccomend sex on the beach. I would definitly go to this place again.
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