431 West 16th St
New York, NY 10011
Hours: Music times vary
Subway: A,C,E to 14th St or L to 8th Ave
Written By: Emily Niewendorp
Highline Ballroom occupies a 2nd and 3rd floor space on the border of the fashionable Meatpacking District and west Chelsea. This premier, large-capacity venue is surrounded by refurbished, hip, living spaces, Chelsea Market and High Line Park.
Opened in 2008, Highline puts on a wide variety of shows. Some of the acts that have performed here include: Lou Reed, Paul McCartney, Donna Summer, Amy Winehouse, The Roots, Santana, 50 Cent, Nas, Al Di Meola, McCoy Tyner, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Indigo Girls, Stevie Wonder, Reverend Horton Heat, Cracker, Prong, Sick of It All, Hot Chip and Super Furry Animals.
Highline’s versatile vibe adapts to suit these varied musical genres and their fans. The one-room venue is clean and industrial, yet also has a familiar lodge-look with its high, peaked roof, exposed rafters and finished wood floor. Highline can be set up with tables as a fully-serviced supperclub, or on other occasions the tables can be removed for standing-room concert space. The large, high stage features a killer lighting and sound system. Three bars including one on the balcony provide seamless service and almost all seats and standing positions at Highline offer fine views of the shows.
The menu offers salads, small plates, steak, burgers, fish and vegetarian meals. Bottle service is available. Private parties are encouraged and group rates are available.
Highline Ballroom is named after the newly renovated High Line walkway that runs north and south near the venue. The preserved elevated train line now serves the local community as a park that links several West side neighborhoods: Clinton, Chelsea and the Meatpacking District.