Weekday Activities Near Roosevelt Island

NEW YORK CITY - JUNE 28th: The famous Roosevelt Island cable tram car that connects Roosevelt Island to Manhattan in New York on June 28th, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City.

When the midweek struggle starts to set in, what better way to liven up your day than by meeting up with friends for some workweek fun. If you’re looking for an alternative to your usual happy hour staple, check out some of these options to help get you through to the weekend.


Outdoor Movie Nights

What better way to enjoy a beautiful summer night in the city than to sit back, relax, and enjoy an outdoor viewing of one of your favorite movies. As it turns out, many nearby New York City parks and local venues offer movie screenings on both weekends and weekdays. Some upcoming screenings near The Octagon include: Do The Right Thing, July 21st at Tompkins Square Park; 10 Things I Hate About You, July 27th at McCarren Park; Rivers and Tides, July 27th at Socrates Sculpture Park. To view all screenings, check out Time Out’s summer movie night schedule here.


Trivia Nights

Change up your usual happy hour routine by checking out some of these local bars known for their competitive trivia matches. Located right on 425 Main St. on Roosevelt Island, Riverwalk Bar and Grill hosts Trivia Tuesday. Get there early between 4-7pm to enjoy buy one get one free drinks! Some other trivia night options include the Allie Way Sports Bar off E. 70th, and Baker Street Pub located off of 1st Ave.


Live Music

If you’re looking for a fun date night idea or a different place for a workweek hangout with friends, consider checking out Brandy’s Piano Bar located between 3rd and 2nd Ave. This Upper East Side venue brings a taste of New York’s musical talent close to home for a fun night of singing along to your favorite songs and sipping your favorite cocktails.

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