ON THE SCENE: Light-filled Space With High Line Views: Drift Studio

Drift Studio is a creative space and event venue located in the heart of West Chelsea's Gallery District overlooking the High Line.

What is unique about Drift?

Drift's large, factory windows let in bright, natural light to create a welcoming atmosphere. With our rustic-industrial aesthetic, Drift is perfect for any event from a cocktail party to a corporate gathering.

What was one of your favorite events hosted at Drift?

I really enjoyed hosting a Great Gatsby birthday party at Drift. Not only did the guests look fabulous, the 150 person event highlighted the versatility of the space. The client had a full bar with bartenders, appetizers handed out, a dance floor, a sitting area with plush couches as well as a photobooth. The guests loved the view of the High Line as well as the city skyline, complete with the New Yorker sign and Empire State Building in the background. It was truly a Gatsby-esque event.

What are the types of events you host at your venue?

We love to work with our clients to create the perfect event. We are able to accommodate both long-term showrooms as well as short-term/half-day press previews, especially during fashion week and industry expo season. We host fundraisers and charity events, including performances, art gallery openings and silent auctions. We also cater to experiential events, particularly for tourism boards and organizations. For example, we hosted a Discover LA event, complete with a 8'x8' sandbox, bringing the West Coast to the heart of Chelsea :) We can truly work with you to create the event that you have imagined.

How many people can your venue fit?

Our capacity is 150-175px. Seated theater accommodates approx. 100px. Sit down dinner accommodates 60-80px, depending on the additional furniture that is brought in.

What is the fee for your venue?

Fees depend on guest numbers as well as additional services. Daytime events (9am-5pm) start from $1800. Evening events (6-11pm) start from $2500. Fees include cleaning costs. Additional fees apply for after hour events.

Why EventMates loves it:

Drift is one of those hidden NYC gems that is sure to delight event guests. Filled with natural light, offering views of the treasured High Line, this industrial space is comfortable and chic, accommodating every type of event.