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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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most amazing place in the world. Get a whiskey smash and listen to chris gillespie or loston harris on the piano.
Sit at the bar, not at a table. The bartenders and patrons leaning into the bar have wonderful stories to tell.
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.
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.
The Pisco Sour is delish! Another Sour, the "Bradshaw" (after SATC's Carrie Bradshaw) is a great tequila cocktail...
No windows makes it great any time of day.
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.
If you're a tourist please stay away.
love the whiskey smash, a near perfect version of an old fashioned
Go after a black tie event. Marvel at Madeleine. Sip martinis. Is that Tony Bennett in the corner?
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.
New favorite place
Takes you back to classic New York. Definitely stay for the jazz after 9:30.
I love this place very much
Great family place, many fathers and daughters together.
mmm Passion Royale
Have the Gin Gin Mule, it's amazing!
one of the great UPE bars with old school tunes, piano and cocktails
enjoy a tasty Old Cuban.
Join the Billionaires Club and order a Champagne Dream.
The Earl Grey Martini is just great!
Best vesper martinis in the city.
Live piano, cover after 9:30 for jazz
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.
NYC at its best. So classy and quintessentially Gothamite.
Great cocktails and live jazz. The Passion Royale was definitely my favorite!
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
Yes, it is expensive. But having a quiet drink, eating snacks and relaxing makes it priceless.
New york tradition. Classy without being stuffy. Lighting and art makes it a great pre-dinner spot.
named after the legendary artist. (Madeline, anyone?) You can see his works of art beautifully displayed. Unparalleled atmosphere. Pricey, but worth it. Soooo NYC.
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.
For classic cocktails at an uptown NY bar, with piano player.
Exceptionally nice cocktails for an indulgent date night (plus jazz after 9:30). Heads up they charge $25 'cover' to view said jazz.
Happy to award the Snail of Approval to Bemelmans Bar!
An Art Deco cocktail lounge "named after the author and illustrator of the Madeline children's books" (via @ShelfAwareness)
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.
Perfect spot for a Saturday afternoon Martini after a trip to The Metz!
One of best Martinis in town and you get a refill :)
I always order the same two drinks whenever I'm here (which is very, very often): Passion Royale & Whiskey Smash. Highly recommend!
Best martinis in town and best bartenders-- total pros.