Party Earth Review Named after an obscure Tom Petty song, The Cabin Down Below has stuck to its rocker roots to create a cool underground lounge where the sexy musical mood is set with mellow b-sides and the friendly vibe is set by the mix... ... read full review
132 East 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
6: Astor Place-4th Avenue
East Village, New York –
Named after an obscure Tom Petty song, The Cabin Down Below has stuck to its rocker roots to create a cool underground lounge where the sexy musical mood is set with mellow b-sides and the friendly vibe is set by the mix of indie musicians, boho actors, fashion and entertainment types, and local hipsters who call the place home.
Once past the trash-filled alley and the steely gaze of the doorman, patrons will discover a somewhat secretive but surprisingly unpretentious candlelit hideaway consisting of a main room with a bar, a small nook in the back, and a side alcove with limited seating.
White tin ceilings, brick walls, kitschy paintings, and shelves of dusty books and odd collectibles complement the flea-market chic décor of Victorian chairs and distressed leather banquettes, all arranged around a large defunct fireplace to create a warm atmosphere where the cool kids gather to hobnob.
The venue’s vibe is equally laid back thanks to its creative patrons who, despite their A-list status, are approachable, easygoing, and snob-free.
Although getting past the door can be difficult, once inside The Cabin Down Below, it’s all about mingling and good conversation with an artsy crowd over no-frills drinks.
Part of the trick to getting into Cabin is knowing where the entrance is and acting like you’ve been there before. Once you get to the street address, walk to the back of the building to the service entrance, and then down the black metal stairs. Cabin’s doorman is the one stationed a few steps in front of the stairs, not the one on the right – that’s a different bar altogether.
A-list actors, musicians, bohemian New York celebs, models, fashion editors, downtown hipsters, underground artists, and uptown socialites, 20s to 50s.
Eclectic mix of rock, blues, country, and folk from the 1970s onward.
Beer $6+, wine $8+, cocktails 8+, mixed drinks $8+, shots $8+. Top shelf liquor $12+.
Ric Owens, rocker chic, leather, artsy, hipster style, designer ensembles.
Late night Thursdays when the beautiful creative industry people descend, or Friday nights when the A-list arrives, though the door is tough. Easiest time to get in for non-celebs is Wednesday nights. Saturdays are always crowded.
The owners have a mini-empire of East Village nightspots including the next-door Lovers of Today (132 ½ East 7th Street), the upstairs Niagara (110 Avenue A, corner of 7th Street) and Black Market (110 Avenue A, right above Cabin), and the nearby Bowery Electric (327 Bowery between 2nd and 3rd Streets) and Black and White (86 East 10th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues).
All five spots boast the same rock and roll cool without the severe door policy.