Bemelmans Bar

Bemelmans Bar

Hotel Bar and Cocktail Bar · Upper East Side
35 E 76th St (at Madison Ave), New York, NY 10021, United States
Open until 1:30 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • Noon–1:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • Noon–1:30 AM
$ $ $ $
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

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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    "Love the artwork on the walls by Ludwig Bemelman!"(6 Tips)
    Arah C.
    "The Passion Royale was definitely my favorite!"(4 Tips)
    "love the whiskey smash, a near perfect version of an old fashioned"(3 Tips)
    Tiffany T.
    "Best martinis in town and best bartenders-- total pros."(3 Tips)
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  • cocktails
  • jazz music
  • martinis
  • ludwig bemelmans
  • passion royale
  • fancy
  • whiskey smash
  • good for dates
  • cozy
  • good for a late night
  • authentic
  • trendy
  • madeleines
  • dressy
  • lively
  • books
  • champagne
  • good service
  • dimly-lit
  • romantic
  • James U.

    The best !

    James Underberg · 5 days ago
  • Heléne B.

    Time stands still. Excellent service. Classic cocktails.

    Heléne Björkman · August 31
  • MrsCorkster

    Fantastic service from Lori at the bar. They don't typically serve bar food until 5 p.m., but ask nicely and they will have the kitchen whip up something. Also, perfect Aperol spritz.

    MrsCorkster · August 20
  • 🎀Ying🎀

    Love the artwork on the walls by Ludwig Bemelman! Instantly brings me back to my childhood with Madeline! Great atmosphere which I definitely recommend people to check out.

    🎀Ying🎀 · July 31
  • CCnyc

    Martinis, piano player

    CCnyc · May 25
  • Matthew T.

    Whatever your budget, find a way to make a date night here. Drinks are expensive, but worth it. Stay after 9p for great music that will make you think you stepped back in time. Dress for the occasion.

  • Julie T.

    Passion royale is so good. Live jazz music is better. Great service. Wish there were more diversity. You should go with Matt Tringali to top off the best evening out.

    Julie Tringali · May 25
  • Ms H.

    Exceptional service, jazz, cocktails and salty snacks

    Ms Helen · May 24
  • Joel

    Nice music great drinks avoid the food

    Joel · April 11
  • Chris E.

    Great spot that does lovely live jazz. Really intimate vibe while still having great energy.

    Chris Evans · April 1
  • Claire J S.

    at The Carlyle

    Claire J Song · March 26
  • Kelly A.

    That piano! 💚

    Kelly Ahearn · March 19
  • eric b.

    An only in NYC institution. Pricey drinks offset by free snacks and amazing ambiance.

    eric bornemann · March 15
  • Alex R.

    Great cocktails, spectacular space. Be prepared to pay for it, however. Still worth it for a drink or two in my book.

    Alex Ravenel · March 12
  • Bruce T.

    Fabulous NYC transition. Visit this bar as it's known for featuring top music talents.

    Bruce Tilley · February 3
  • Kimmie O.

    Yes, this place is pricey, but it is so worth it.

    Kimmie Ohh · December 25, 2014
  • Irma Z.

    OMG love this place. Quite spendy but so "grown up" and fab. To get a good table you've got to be here by 5:30.

    Irma Zandl · December 17, 2014
  • Brett H.

    My favorite bar in the city. A true classic.

    Brett Howard · December 15, 2014
  • Michael M.

    Classicly New York. High end cocktails, really exceptionally classy vibe.

    Michael Muse · December 14, 2014
  • Ricky S.

    A great place for business meeting over drinks or some after work cocktails. Also there is some nice Jazz music.

    Ricky Sherrill · December 8, 2014
  • Carlos G.

    Great service n amazing cocktails. Stay for the 9:30 music trio they are wonderful.

    Carlos Grotewold Rivera · December 6, 2014
  • Lucia S.

    My favorite spot in New York.

    Lucia Silva y Cobo · December 2, 2014
  • Boris

    Great places for drinks and Jazz

    Boris · November 27, 2014
  • Geraldine V.

    If you sit by the bar for the show it's half the price!

    Geraldine Visco · October 21, 2014
  • Judy K.

    Great piano bar atmosphere.

    Judy Kadish · September 14, 2014
  • David D.

    Jazz is excellent!

    David Diaz de Leon · September 12, 2014
  • Camilla C.

    Classic cocktails made by classy bartenders in a throwback setting. Expensive but worth it.

    Camilla C · September 11, 2014
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    TV Food Maps · September 2, 2014

    Order the perfect dirty martini, people watch while snacking on cheese twists, and cape code chips. Dress code: cocktail chic no sneakers and cutoffs, remember you're at The Carlyle!

    À LA GARÇONNE MEUF · August 20, 2014
  • Jono H.

    If Madeleine was legal she'd drink here

    Jono Haysom · August 6, 2014
  • Josh K.

    Pretty awesome. Great cocktails!

    Josh Kuzon · May 10, 2014
  • Josh K.

    Awesome spot

    Josh Kuzon · May 5, 2014
  • Narma L.

    Great place to enjoy a quiet, yet entertaining night on the UES. Devoid of the b&t crowd from New Jersey who swarm venues in Midtown and Chelsea.

    Narma Liyanaarachchi · April 3, 2014
  • Lauren

    Sure, a martini is $21. But it comes with a side of extra martini, so it's really 2-for-1 and therefore one of the cheapest martinis in town.

    Lauren · March 30, 2014
  • Nathalie A.

    Join the Billionaires Club and order a Champagne Dream.

    Nathalie Anaya · February 24, 2014
  • 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 McGowan · February 22, 2014
  • 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, 2014
  • Karin B.

    The Earl Grey Martini is just great!

    Karin Bäcklund · January 13, 2014
  • An W.

    Best vesper martinis in the city.

    An Wang · January 3, 2014
  • Sparkie

    Live piano, cover after 9:30 for jazz

    Sparkie · 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 Graham · 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 Mizrahi · June 17, 2013
  • Margarita B.

    NYC at its best. So classy and quintessentially Gothamite.

    Margarita Berova · April 28, 2013
  • Arah C.

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

    Arah Cho · April 10, 2013
  • 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
  • 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 Hunt · March 7, 2013
  • Shannon S.

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

    Shannon Stewart · January 25, 2013
  • Anna K.

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

    Anna Khan · 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

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