Bemelmans Bar

35 E 76th St (at Madison Ave), New York, NY 10021
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    • 2:00 PM–10:00 PM
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    • 4:00 PM–10:00 PM
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    • 4:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    • 3:00 PM–11:00 PM
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    • 3:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 1:00 PM–Midnight
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Best remembered as creator of the classic Madeline books for children, Ludwig Bemelmans once joked he'd like his tombstone to read: "Tell Them It Was Wonderful." Well, it was, and still is, at Bemelmans Bar. Named in honor of the legendary artist, Bemelmans is a timel... (See all)


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  • "... author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. Arrive by 8pm and take a small table near..." (5 tips)
  • "... artist who created Madeline children's books." (2 tips)
  • "... is very, very often): Passion Royale & Whiskey Smash. Highly recommend!" (3 tips)
  • Tiffany & Co

    This is the real thing. A place for Gotham insiders. Gold leaf ceilings and enchanting murals by Madeline author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans. Arrive by 8pm and take a small table near the piano.

    Tiffany & Co · June 1, 2011
  • Travel Channel

    At the only place where Bemelman’s art work is publicly displayed, Tony has a martini saying “a room like this calls for a classic.” As seen on Travel Channel’s The Layover with Anthony Bourdain.

    Travel Channel · November 14, 2011
  • New York Habitat

    Enter Bemelmans in the Carlyle Hotel through an unassuming door off the lobby. Expensive drinks but one of the finest atmospheres in the city, complete with dim lighting and a piano player.

    New York Habitat · December 13, 2011
  • Metromix

    Named for artist & "Madeline" creator Lugwig Bemelmans, this Art Deco space serves up cocktails rarely found in today's bars, with a few dating back to the 1860's through Prohibition. Read more

    Metromix · March 11, 2011
  • Esquire

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Order a stinger. They'll be cold and crisp, with the cognac outweighing the crème de menthe, the way they should be.

    Esquire · January 31, 2011
  • Lauren D.

    Most amazing place in the world. Get a whiskey smash and listen to chris gillespie or loston harris on the piano.

    Lauren D. · August 26, 2011
  • Jim M.

    Sit at the bar, not at a table. The bartenders and patrons leaning into the bar have wonderful stories to tell.

    Jim M. · February 23, 2010

    This historical landmark and restaurant's namesake is Madeline creator Ludwig Bemelman. Both kids and adults will have the best time admiring the great food, artworks, and decor here. · February 14, 2012
  • Matt M.

    if you are about to leave this world and pass to the other side... spend your last eve dancing here, dance until they tell you they don't allow dancing anymore! why? ...'cause you can.

    Matt M. · February 22
  • Michelle C.

    The Pisco Sour is delish! Another Sour, the "Bradshaw" (after SATC's Carrie Bradshaw) is a great tequila cocktail...

    Michelle C. · December 13, 2011
  • stephen C.

    No windows makes it great any time of day.

    stephen C. · January 15, 2010
  • Cynthia C.

    Take a day off. Arrive here around 3:00. Meet Tommy. Order a drink. Any drink. Talk to Tommy. Read more

    Cynthia C. · December 8, 2009
  • The Corcoran Group

    Holy Art Deco – check out that gold leaf ceiling – the atmosphere is unlike anything else in NYC. Enjoyed best with a few friends who love a classic cocktail and pleasant music.

    The Corcoran Group · September 23, 2011
  • John L.

    If you're a tourist please stay away.

    John L. · July 31, 2011
  • Patrick

    love the whiskey smash, a near perfect version of an old fashioned

    Patrick · September 24, 2010
  • Micki M.

    Go after a black tie event. Marvel at Madeleine. Sip martinis. Is that Tony Bennett in the corner?

    Micki M. · August 27, 2009
  • Yerelyn C.

    Go in the evenings from 5:30-8:30pm & to listen to piano & great music. Great options to select from including drinks and appetizers. After 9:30 there's a cover fee of $30 p/p table $ $15 p/p at bar.

    Yerelyn C. · April 7, 2013

    Perfect spot for wooing clients or having a quintessential “old New York” style date. And, of course, the witty imagery in the Bemelmans mural is a must-see (and a great conversation starter). Read more · January 9, 2012
  • Lily

    New favorite place

    Lily · December 30, 2011
  • Khee L.

    Takes you back to classic New York. Definitely stay for the jazz after 9:30.

    Khee L. · December 28, 2011
  • Danny M.

    I love this place very much

    Danny M. · August 18, 2011
  • Don Y.

    Great family place, many fathers and daughters together.

    Don Y. · December 11, 2010
  • Nora G.

    mmm Passion Royale

    Nora G. · February 1, 2010
  • Zia Z.

    Have the Gin Gin Mule, it's amazing!

    Zia Z. · January 27, 2010
  • Michael P.

    one of the great UPE bars with old school tunes, piano and cocktails

    Michael P. · October 21, 2009
  • Rebecca S.

    enjoy a tasty Old Cuban.

    Rebecca S. · July 4, 2009
  • Nathalie A.

    Join the Billionaires Club and order a Champagne Dream.

    Nathalie A. · February 24
  • Untapped Cities

    Ludwig Bemelmans painted murals of Central Park at the Hotel Carlyle Bar in 1947, in exchange for living accommodations. Definitely check this place out. Read more

    Untapped Cities · January 22
  • Karin B.

    The Earl Grey Martini is just great!

    Karin B. · January 13
  • An W.

    Best vesper martinis in the city.

    An W. · January 3
  • Andy J.

    Live piano, cover after 9:30 for jazz

    Andy J. · October 9, 2013
  • Brad G.

    Gin martini. Inside Carlyle hotel. Not a place to hang out, but cool to go once. Named after Ludwig Bemelmans (Madeline), only public display of his artwork.

    Brad G. · September 21, 2013
  • Alex M.

    "Ten or fifteen years ago, it was hard to get a decent drink in New York, particularly if you wanted anything other than a martini. Back then, my wife and I, unburdened by offspring or daytime jobs.." Read more

    Alex M. · June 17, 2013
  • Margarita B.

    NYC at its best. So classy and quintessentially Gothamite.

    Margarita B. · April 28, 2013
  • Arah C.

    Great cocktails and live jazz. The Passion Royale was definitely my favorite!

    Arah C. · April 10, 2013
  • Emily H.

    Be wary of sitting down as a $25 fee is usually charged... crowd can be old but Bemelmans is a classic NYC spot liked by old and young

    Emily H. · March 7, 2013
  • Shannon S.

    Yes, it is expensive. But having a quiet drink, eating snacks and relaxing makes it priceless.

    Shannon S. · January 25, 2013
  • Anna K.

    New york tradition. Classy without being stuffy. Lighting and art makes it a great pre-dinner spot.

    Anna K. · January 20, 2013
  • Garrett P.

    FABULOUS Manhattan's!!

    Garrett P. · November 9, 2012
  • Concert Ticket Agency

    named after the legendary artist. (Madeline, anyone?) You can see his works of art beautifully displayed. Unparalleled atmosphere. Pricey, but worth it. Soooo NYC.

    Concert Ticket Agency · October 18, 2012
  • Cree L.

    Don't be fooled by Bourdain. We went here, paid $27 for a glass of wine. And were serenaded by Children of Hotel Guests. Hardly the place for a romantic drink. This is a Hotel Bar with great art.

    Cree L. · September 17, 2012
  • Fernando B.

    For classic cocktails at an uptown NY bar, with piano player.

    Fernando B. · September 16, 2012
  • Lauren G.

    Exceptionally nice cocktails for an indulgent date night (plus jazz after 9:30). Heads up they charge $25 'cover' to view said jazz.

    Lauren G. · July 11, 2012
  • Slow Food NYC

    Happy to award the Snail of Approval to Bemelmans Bar!

    Slow Food NYC · June 26, 2012
  • Tamara H.

    An Art Deco cocktail lounge "named after the author and illustrator of the Madeline children's books" (via @ShelfAwareness)

    Tamara H. · June 11, 2012
  • Buford B.

    Established 1929, restored 2002, all original murals by Ludwig Bemelmans, author of the Madeleine children's books. Hotel bar at The Carlyle. Features entertainment on weekend nights.

    Buford B. · May 29, 2012
  • Jim S.

    Perfect spot for a Saturday afternoon Martini after a trip to The Metz!

    Jim S. · April 16, 2012
  • Matthew O.

    One of best Martinis in town and you get a refill :)

    Matthew O. · January 16, 2012
  • Alexandra H.

    I always order the same two drinks whenever I'm here (which is very, very often): Passion Royale & Whiskey Smash. Highly recommend!

    Alexandra H. · January 6, 2012
  • Tiffany T.

    Best martinis in town and best bartenders-- total pros.

    Tiffany T. · December 23, 2011

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