Helsinki Hudson Est. 2009

405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY, United States

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Take a short trip from New York City and rock out at this restored industrial complex. 
Devour delicious eats at the award-winning restaurant, listen to live music at Club Helsinki and dance all night long in the exposed brick ballroom.
The Lowdown
Type
Ballroom
Bar / Club / Lounge
Historic Building
Loft / Warehouse Building
Private Dining / Restaurant
Views
Courtyard
Street
Style
Industrial
Rustic
Urban
Vintage
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Baby Shower
Bachelor / Bachelorette Party
Birthday Party
Bridal Shower
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Reunion
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception

Venue Setting

Hudson
Helsinki Hudson is located on the Hudson River, approximately two hours north of NYC by road or rail (Amtrak) in the city of Hudson. Once a colorful center of the whaling industry, the town now blossoms as a vibrant cultural mecca thanks to a large influx of working artists, and has been compared to New Orleans for its ornate and stately architecture. The crown jewel of the historic city’s artistic and economic rebirth, Helsinki Hudson is comprised of Club Helsinki, a nationally recognized music venue, and the adjacent, award-winning Restaurant at Helsinki. In addition to its ongoing role of serving up world-class music and fine dining, the versatile venue is available for hire as a unique site for private parties or events – complete with a custom prepared menu or Banquet Menu of choice. 
 
                        Spaces to Celebrate
The Right Fit for Any Occasion, Helsinki Hudson is a beautifully renovated 1863 industrial building. We feature four distinct and accommodating spaces, each of which is available separately or in any combination. Helsinki is also fully wheelchair accessible.
 
                        The Restaurant at Helsinki
The Restaurant at Helsinki is a popular dining destination revered for its constantly evolving menu of sumptuously innovative comfort food. The restaurant itself has a seated capacity of 85, and features table and booth seating and a full-service bar.  Groups of adjacent tables may also be reserved for smaller parties.
 
                        The Club
An acoustically designed, multi-tiered live event theatre space, Club Helsinki has a capacity of 225. The club features table and booth seating, a full-service bar, a lavish dance floor and large stage with a full PA, monitor, and lighting system (house engineers are available for private events; ask club about recommended bands or DJs). As in the restaurant, groups of adjacent tables may be reserved for smaller parties. 
 
The club and attached Restaurant are divided by a set of floor-to-ceiling hand hewn wooden wall panels, which may be opened to bring the two spaces together for increased capacity of nearly 500.
 
                        The Ballroom
Directly above The Restaurant is The Ballroom, a beautiful space with wooden dance floor, table seating, bar, and a baby grand piano (a pianist or a small musical group, such as a string quartet or trio, perfectly complements many events; ask for recommendations). The ballroom’s separate access makes it especially well-suited for weddings, cocktail parties, or other private gatherings.
 
                        The Courtyard
Directly connected to The Restaurant is the outdoor courtyard, which is open during the warmer months. The garden area has table seating, and can also be used to extend the capacity of functions being held in The Restaurant. Tenting can also be arranged for courtyard events.
 
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Estimated Price Per Head

from $46 to $100

Additional Charges

Bar packages $22-65/person 
Tax 8%
Gratuity 20%

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
200
Buffet
250
Standing
500
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
2009
Curfew
1 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Use The Catering Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
Provided By Venue For Fee – You Must Use The Venue For All Alcohol Services
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Designated Smoking Areas Only
Pet-Friendly Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Amenities
  • A/V Equipment
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Dining Chairs
  • Dining Tables
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
The History of Club Helsinki

Helsinki Tea Company and Club Helsinki was founded in 1995 as the inspiration of Deborah McDowell, who was looking to share her love of community, tea, good food and music with the Berkshires, hearkening back to her family of artists and the years her grandfather spent operating the Hotel Helsinki in Finland. Two years later, Columbia County native Marc Schafler, whose family owned Camp Natchez on the edge of the Borscht belt, joined her and Club Helsinki was born and began its unparalleled history of presenting some the finest musicians, activists, poets and lecturers from around the world. 

It's not possible to capture the impact Helsinki productions have had artistically and socially by merely running down a list of artists presented through the years, although the list includes an impressive line-up, with names like Ralph Stanley, Guy Clark, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Pete Seeger, Rigdzin Namkha Rinpoche, Leo Kottke, Mike Gordon of Phish, Levon Helm, Norah Jones, Jim Lauderdale, Hamiet Bluiett, Soulive, The Blind Boys of Alabama, The Tom Tom Club, John Scofield, John Medeski, Odetta, Steve Earle, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock , Mose Allison, Michelle Shocked, Michael Wex, Olu Dara, Burning Spear and many more. 

The move to a more permanent home in Hudson brought California producer and visionary, Cameron Melville to the collaboration, andHelsinki Hudson became the Club's new incarnation. The restoration of the 1800's industrial building complex was accomplished using local builders and artists with an eye toward providing the best possible theatrical experience for both musicians and audiences. The Helsinki team felt that the historic nature of the riverside town, once an active port and the 4th largest city in New York State, deserved the energetic assistance of renewal and the building was reworked using green architectural techniques and creative reuse. 

Helsinki's move to Hudson reflects the same spirit and vision that had such a profound impact on the Berkshires, which is of creating a shared community of artists, music lovers, activists, poets, who have found a home and refuge among Helsinki's always intriguing array of staff, supporters and artists. 

Just 45 minutes from the former club and 2 hours from New York City straight up the Hudson River, the new Helsinki Hudson houses 2 performance spaces, a full service restaurant, a gallery space, outdoor dining, artist green rooms with showers and lounge space, recording facilities, offices, and more. 

Helsinki Hudson continues its commitment to contributing to the quality of the community by cultivating connections between all ethnicities, ages and experience and to reflect the culture and human spirit through innovative programming.
Design:
Fully restored 1890's industrial complex with soaring ceilings, exposed brick and a nod to all things vintage and handmade.  
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