The Underground is housed in the basement of a beautifully styled turn of the century building whose original doors are located in the outdoor patio bar. Inside the lounge is a rustic hand-made stone bar top, vaulted brick ceilings, and a friendly and knowledgable staff who provide the rockin’ food and drink while shows take place in the back “Live Space” room just about every night.
The space once housed Robin Givens’ mother’s tea shop. That’s Mike Tyson’s mother-inlaw! In one of its other incarnations, it was New York’s only Communist Bookstore. Rumor had it that there were more FBI agents in the space at any given time than actual communists.
The Underground is growing into its teenage years—thirteen to be exact. Established on August 8, 1997, it opened as a coffeeshop in what is now the lounge space of The Underground. At the time it opened in this underground dwelling it was called, Coffeelounge—its motto was “In Search of Higher Grounds.” Within a year it had gotten a liquor license on the day it was voted “Best Coffee Shop in Manhattan” and was taking over the adjoining space now used for its parties and live shows. Although the owner, Eric Fisler, wanted to be both coffee shop and night spot, it proved too many hours and it became known as the night spot of today, The Underground Lounge, or known as.
As a film location, with its arched brick ceilings and speakeasy ambiance, The Underground has proven itself as a sought after location for TV shows such as Law and Order and various movies including the Ben Stiller, Rosie Perez and Ed Norton film, Keeping The Faith.
The Underground is committed to providing its customers with great memories to take home.