Rio Olympics at The Roosevelt

After four long years, the Olympic torch is making its way to Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games and, as thousands of athletes from around the world descend on Brazil to compete for the gold, The Roosevelt is preparing to celebrate the games in style. Throughout the duration of the Olympic Games (August 5th-21st), The Roosevelt will be featuring drink specials and viewing of the games at both Vander Bar and Mad46.

Climb to the top of the podium at Mad46 and watch the best of the best compete in each of the indoor rooms, all the while enjoying the gold standard in drink specials from Avuá Cachaça. With specialty themed cocktails like the Caipirinha, Gold Fashioned, and Sunset in Rio, your Olympic viewing party is sure to take a medal winning turn toward unforgettable. And continue to transform your Summer Games with other specials including wines from Wild Horse winery and a myriad of food specials to help you refuel between events.

If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth, check out the Vander bar, where you can enjoy the same delicious drink and food specials in a simple sophisticated venue. Keep up with your favorite athletes on one of many TVs and never miss a moment of all the excitement the 2016 games are sure to bring.

Whether you prefer mad46 or the VanderBar, The Roosevelt is your place to be this August during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. So grab a drink, relax, and keep count of the gold medal count in the company of champions all in one stunning New York location.

avua olympic special

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Panorama Music Festival

Hey NYC, have you purchased your tickets to one of the summer’s most anticipated music festivals? The Panorama, presented by Goldenvoice, is a music, art and technology experience you do not want to miss! What’s better, it’s coming to your backyard!

What: Panorama New York City

When: July 22 – 24

Where: Randall’s Island Park – New York City

This event welcomes all ages and is free for those 2 and under, but to my fellow party-goers: do not forget your ID! Your ticket(s) give you access to not only concessions (with premium food options), charging stations and other amenities, but also to the fully stocked bars featuring premium spirits!

The list of performers is extensive and quite impressive, ranging from A$AP Rocky and Alabama Shakes to Grace Potter and even Sia! Details about lineup and performance schedules can be found here:!programmation=artists$

The park’s massive stage, with a 30ft. tall ultra HD video screen that wraps 170ft. around, and the amazing talent aren’t the only things that festival-goers get to enjoy. Let go and lose yourself in THE LAB – an interactive experience featuring installations that combine technology, artistry and design created exclusively by NY artists and only at Panorama. In addition to 7 art installations, THE LAB also features a massive virtual reality theater.

This is a one-of-a-kind music experience that you do not want to miss out on! With single day and three day (general admission and VIP) passes available, as well as single and three day shuttle and ferry passes, you have the option of choosing which day to attend, based on the scheduled events for that day.

For more information or to purchase passes, head over to Rock on NYC!

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Roosevelt Eastside Cocktail

Get a taste of the East Side with this signature Mad46 cocktail.


  • 2 oz Hendricks Gin
  • 3 slices Cucumber
  • 8-10 Mint leaves
  • .75 oz Fresh lime juice
  • .75oz simple syrup
  • Club soda to top


  1. In a shaker, combine cucumber slices, mint leaves, lime and simple syrup and ice.
  2. To shaker, add gin and shake.
  3. Pour into tall tumbler, top with club soda.
  4. Toast to a good time.
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Weird Teddy Facts

You might know him as the man who “Walked softly and carried a big stick”, but the once shy and sickly Roosevelt – he wasn’t supposed to live into his teens – lived a life to rival the boundless pursuits and accomplishments of founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson. Want to learn more about the remarkable 26th President? Read on.

  1. He was blind in one eye

An avid boxer during his Harvard days, even while in office he enjoyed rousing bouts with visitors and friends. A solid punch by a young army officer burst blood vessels in his left eye that left him nearly blind. After that he said that boxing was for “Younger, better sighted men.”

  1. His brother was an alcoholic

Teddy and his older brother Elliot were fast friends all their lives, but after they lost their mother – and Teddy his wife – Teddy went west to heal. While he was away Elliot married the love of his life, only for them to become separated due to his drinking problem. Some time after his return, Teddy was forced to institutionalize his brother, where he died. The loving brother then adopted his two nieces, whose mother had previously died. The name of one of those nieces? Eleanor.

  1. He and his second wife were childhood playmates

Edith Kermit Carrow and Theodore were friends since they were little, and it was assumed that he would marry her when they came of age. However, a few years before she assumed they would be married (according to her diary) Roosevelt fell for a lovely woman he met while at college, an Alice Hathaway Lee, whom he married soon after meeting. Edith was heartbroken. Alice died after only four years of marriage the day after their daughter, her namesake was born. A bordering suicidal and grieving Teddy left for the Wild West and three years later married Edith in secret, wanting to avoid his families (especially his big sister’s) opinion on the matter.

  1. He first gained publicity as a historian

Roosevelt’s first book was published at the ripe old age of 23. It was entitled The Naval History of the War of 1812, and earned him prestige as a historian. He would go on to write multiple volumes on military and American history including a four-volume account “The Winning of the West.” A true bibliophile, he wrote over 38 books during the course of his lifetime including an autobiography.

  1. He wasn’t supposed to live into adulthood

A severe asthmatic, his father often had to drive around the neighborhood with the future president standing through the sunroof so he could breathe. Doctors warned his family to neither expect him to live long nor to be able to accomplish much in what they assumed to be his short life span. Roosevelt replied that he would “ everything [doctor] you tell me not to do.” By staying active and constantly strengthening himself through various exercises he grew out of his asthma and became a boxing champion in college, not to mention an avid hunter and climbing the Matterhorn while on his honeymoon. So much for doctor’s orders!

  1. He was homeschooled

Due to his chronically sickly state as a child, he could not attend school, and so was tutored and taught by his mother, father, and a hired tutor for much of his childhood. Once he was done with his studies, he would disappear into the woods to collect and catalog specimens of every kind of creepy crawly which he would keep in his room. Once graduating from boarding school (for high school) he went to Harvard, where he graduated with honors after studying everything from zoology to German. So much for the unsocialized homeschooler myth!

  1. He helped furnish the Smithsonian

After leaving the Presidency, he and his wife went on a months long African safari trip, where Roosevelt went hunting. He donated many of his prizes to the Smithsonian upon his return, and many are still in the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D. C.

  1. Upton SInclair’s The Jungle made him create some of America’s first food safety laws

Upton Sinclair’s eponymous expose of the meatpacking industry’s inhumane treatment of its workers was read by the President with utter horror. He immediately ordered an investigation of the meatpacking industry and within months Congress had passed The Pure Food and Drug Act and Meat Inspection Act at Roosevelt’s urging. Sinclair was actually rather disappointed in the result, as his goal had been to improve the worker’s lot, not so much meat quality, and reportedly quipped “I aimed for the public’s heart and by accident hit them in the stomach.”

  1. He had the first black man to dinner in the White House

Booker T. Washington, a former slave and founder of Tuskegee University, was good friends with Theodore Roosevelt and was invited to dinner. While other African-American confidants had been invited to the White House, but none of them had been invited to a meal – it was 1901 and segregation was a law on the books. The South replied by refusing that the meal had ever happened, but Roosevelt cared little what everybody thought.

  1. He wanted to keep America a world power

Roosevelt was always looking ahead to see how his actions could benefit future generations as well as the present, often in areas where other countries had failed or many Americans saw absolutely no point or reason. Although France had lost thousands of lives to malaria and yellow fever in the Central American country of Panama attempting to build a canal that would allow for faster and easier passage from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans, Roosevelt believed that the project could be completed. He sent doctors to the area to kill any places mosquitoes might breed, then brought in the best engineers and finished construction in nine years with minimal casualties. Roosevelt also prized nature, and set aside massive tracts of land to be preserved as National Parks and places of interest, including the Grand Canyon.

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Why Mad46 is the Best Place to Spend a Summer Night

Summer is now in full swing in the concrete jungle and, as the pavement heats up, so does life on top. Whether you’re just getting off work or looking for a weekend night you’ll never forget, mad46 offers the perfect location to spend every evening. Cast out the views from street level and see the city’s true form from the rooftop of The Roosevelt Hotel. With both an indoor and outdoor bar, plenty of seating, and an unmatched view, New York’s premiere rooftop bar creates an experience you’ll want to return to again and again.

Every Monday night shake off the start of the work week with a live band from 5:30 – 8:30pm and Happy Hour from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The Good Vibes transform the stress of the work week into a night of relaxation and cutting loose and provide just the boost you need to make it back to the weekend.

Check in every other Tuesday for Movie Night, featuring hit films from across the years like National Lampoons Vacation, Annie Hall, and Footloose. High above the hustle and bustle of the sidewalk and with a backdrop of the city skyline, Movie Night presents films how you’ve never seen them before, in a theater among the stars. Seating is open from 8:00 – 9:00 pm with movies starting between 9:00 – 9:30 pm. Come before the movie to enjoy Tuesday Happy Hour from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and get in the mood for the best of the cinema atop New York’s finest.

Mad46 is sure to keep you happy with dual Happy Hours every day of the week, easing the stress of the workday Monday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and Tuesday – Friday from 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Then enjoy a late night treat with Reverse Happy Hour, Monday – Friday from 10:00 pm – close.

Your weekend is also taken care of with live DJs every Friday from 5:00 – 9:00 pm and Saturday from 6:00 – 9:00 pm, and mad46 regularly hosts rooftop events to mix up the perfect summer escape. Just check the events page to stay on top of everything we have up our sleeves.

No matter what kind of night you’re looking for, there’s no better place than mad46 to let loose and elevate your evening. With unparalleled views of the skyline under the stars, you’re sure to have a night you’ll never forget when you party at the pinnacle of New York’s nightlife scene at mad46.

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