The club has the intimacy of a large living room with unimpeded views and impeccable sound; there is not a bad seat. Its sultry after-hours ambience is enhanced by brocade-patterned wall panels planted with orange-shaded lanterns. And the atmosphere is warmer and sexier than in Manhattan’s other major supper clubs. …Ideally 54 Below will establish itself as an intimate must-attend clubhouse for New York’s closely knit musical-theater community and its supporters. I know I’ll be there.
Three decades ago, the basement of the famed Studio 54 was home to Halston, Liza, and a whole lot of disco-era debauchery. But in June, the underground lair reopened as 54 Below, a nightclub spotlighting Broadway vets like Patti LuPone, Ben Vereen, and Smash’s Megan Hilty. The 160-seat venue, located beneath Roundabout’s Studio 54 theater, has been reimagined as a kind of hip Victorian bordello with leather-backed seats, fine wood moldings — and no disco balls in sight. Disco balls out, show tunes in!
A gorgeous new cabaret space. With its heavy lineup of moonlighting Broadway stars, 54 Below has the congenial feel of a theater hangout where stars go to unwind and sing the songs that really matter to them. It’s a pleasure to share their joy.
54 Below is a handsome upscale pub with a pressed-tin ceiling, glowing sconces with red shades and dark wood tables without tablecloths that beam a casual vibe. The subterranean venue near Studio 54 is a looker — comfy and airy.
54 Below will soon be the place to go to be seen and to see top notch entertainment. The new cabaret space is super as far as site lines and acoustics are concerned. 54 Below has the best sound system I’ve ever heard. It’s really wonderful to have a new night club to go along with Feinstein’s and the venerable Café Carlyle. You should go.
David Richardson, WOR Radio 710
A great new cabaret space!
There’s a hot new stage that is attracting Broadways brightest stars. A great new venue of artists, 54 Below is a nightclub in the basement of the legendary Studio 54.
Ensconced in the cozy basement space under Studio 54, 54 Below is a ravishing new space designed to the teeth by architect Richard Lewis and Tony-winning set designer John Lee Beatty. A throwback to the heyday of authentic New York nightlife, the room also boasts wonderful lighting by Tony winner Ken Billington and the best sound in town courtesy of Tony nominee Peter Hylenski. It’s a cliché to say, ‘there’s not a bad seat in the house,’ but at 54 Below’s intimate cabaret, it’s also the truth.
David Hurst, Next Magazine
For a more grown-up kind of hanging out, we now have 54 Below, the cozy and sophisticated 150-seat supper club in the cellar of the building that houses Studio 54. Owned and designed by Broadway pros, the place offers solo cabaret acts by all kinds of theater people we know, mainly from big shows. …The food is sophisticated and understated. The room is cozy without feeling cramped, with sight lines as clear as the sound system, which means very clear, indeed. The schedule at 54 Below seems determined to answer all needs at all times and just about all budgets. People are finding the idea ‘infectious.’ I’m afraid I’ve caught it already.
54 Below (is) a new supper club with a louche, speak-easy feel and appropriately tawdry location beneath what used to be the infamous nightclub Studio 54. With its bootlegger chic decor, this place aims to be a hip hangout for Broadway babies and the fans who love them. Order small plates or old-timey drinks (gin rickey, Moscow mule) and enjoy your fave stars up close.
Joseph V. Amodio
Studio 54 recently received a makeover of sorts and theatre-lovers around the world are in for quite a treat. …Being hailed as ‘Broadway’s Living Room,’ 54 Below combines performances from Broadway’s biggest names with a night of fine dining. There is no better way to set off the new age of Studio 54!
New York Live
Designed by Tony Award winner John Lee Beatty and architect Richard Lewis, it is a perfect venue for entertainers and audiences; there isn’t a bad seat in the house.