Ruby Room has open mic night, need I say more? Located in the love hotel district in Shibuya, just behind 109, Ruby Room is a small bar that has a lot to offer. A small white tiled building sits on top of a hill marking the beginning of the love hotels and the end of the bars and restaurants. Head up to the top of the stairs and open the black padded door with a ruby shaped window to find a cozy bar with lots of charm.
Ruby Room is small, but friendly. Regulars talk up new comers to find out their interests and make friends. Many of the social butterflies at Ruby Room are Japanese that want to meet foreigners. The crowd dynamic at Ruby Room varies from night to night but lots of expats and tourists can be found hanging out, along with locals. The menus are in Japanese and English and the staff does their best to communicate even if they only speak a little English. When you turn the corner from the door you instantly see a small stage set up. The back wall of the stage is a slanted roof with skylight windows, giving the performance area a homey attic feel. To your right is the bar with a DJ booth at the end, which has an underground music scene feel to it and to your left are tables and booths decorated in a slightly gothic style. Ruby Room has an eclectic atmosphere that also brings an eclectic crowd.
As I mentioned before Ruby Room offers open mic night starting at 7pm on Tuesdays. Some of the performers are just starting out, some have been doing this for a while, and some are professional. The music genres performed are all across the board: folk, rock, blues, RnB, etc. Open mic night is open to anyone who wants to perform including foreigners. Details on how to sign up and what is provided can be found on Ruby Room’s website along with details on events happening on different nights. Cover for open mic night is 1000 JPY at the door and comes with two free drink tickets; so really there is no cover just mandatory fun, a.k.a. drinking. There is a decent selection of drinks including a variety in brands. The drinks, if ordered on the rocks, tend to be heavier pours but the French guy I talked to said his cocktail tasted like juice. The prices are average with the higher quality brands costing 100 JPY more.
Overall, Ruby Room is a great little bar with a cozy feel that offers a brief repose from the hectic crowds of Shibuya. Open mic night allows for variety from the norm and encourages local musicians, giving them a place to show their stuff. If you want a place that is foreigner friendly but with lots opportunities to make friends with locals look no further, Ruby Room is your answer.
International Ratio: More Local
Male / Female Ratio: More Male
Average Price: 600 JPY
Comments: Cover Charge
Style: Casual to Smart-casual
Happy Hour: No
Music Genre: Other
Suitable For singles, couples, partying, live music,
Address:2-25-17 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo