Bemelmans Bar

Bemelmans Bar

Hotel Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Upper East Side, New York
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  • Yerelyn C.
    Yerelyn C.April 7, 2013
    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.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 23, 2011
    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.
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 9, 2012
    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
  • Brant M.
    Best martinis and bar snacks on the UES, not to mention the Bemelman murals play nicely agains the dark space and great jazz trio.
  • Tiffany & Co
    Tiffany & CoJune 1, 2011
    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.
  • MrsCorkster
    MrsCorksterAugust 20, 2015
    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.
  • DHR.com
    DHR.comFebruary 14, 2012
    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.
  • Julie T.
    Julie TringaliMay 25, 2015
    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.
  • À LA GARÇONNE MEUF
    À LA GARÇONNE MEUFAugust 20, 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!
  • Metromix
    MetromixMarch 11, 2011
    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
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 29, 2012
    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.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 🎀Ying🎀
    🎀Ying🎀July 31, 2015
    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.
  • Jastine K.
    Great jazz music. Come on a Sunday night- it's not as crowded. Also, be warned that they strictly enforce their dress code. No shorts ladies and gents!
  • Lauren
    LaurenMarch 30, 2014
    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.
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 18, 2012
    named after the legendary artist. (Madeline, anyone?) You can see his works of art beautifully displayed. Unparalleled atmosphere. Pricey, but worth it. Soooo NYC.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "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
    Upvoted Jun 2
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TringaliMay 25, 2015
    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.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 14, 2011
    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.
  • Cree L.
    Cree LawsonSeptember 17, 2012
    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.
  • Amy R.
    An absolutely lovely experience. Grab a seat at the bar, order a martini, and listen to the classics from the piano man
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 22, 2014
    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
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Irma Z.
    Irma ZandlDecember 17, 2014
    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.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelMarch 12, 2015
    Great cocktails, spectacular space. Be prepared to pay for it, however. Still worth it for a drink or two in my book.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Arah C.
    Arah ChoApril 10, 2013
    Great cocktails and live jazz. The Passion Royale was definitely my favorite!
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamSeptember 21, 2013
    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.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    If you’ve never had a Champagne cocktail before, start your habit here. Speaking of habits: Those potato chips! Read more
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    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.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 13, 2011
    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.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillDecember 8, 2014
    A great place for business meeting over drinks or some after work cocktails. Also there is some nice Jazz music.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansApril 1, 2015
    Great spot that does lovely live jazz. Really intimate vibe while still having great energy.
  • Alexandra H.
    Alexandra HancockJanuary 6, 2012
    I always order the same two drinks whenever I'm here (which is very, very often): Passion Royale & Whiskey Smash. Highly recommend!
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GilchristJuly 11, 2012
    Exceptionally nice cocktails for an indulgent date night (plus jazz after 9:30). Heads up they charge $25 'cover' to view said jazz.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonDecember 13, 2011
    The Pisco Sour is delish! Another Sour, the "Bradshaw" (after SATC's Carrie Bradshaw) is a great tequila cocktail...
  • eric b.
    eric bornemannMarch 15, 2015
    An only in NYC institution. Pricey drinks offset by free snacks and amazing ambiance.
  • Bruce T.
    Bruce TilleyFebruary 3, 2015
    Fabulous NYC transition. Visit this bar as it's known for featuring top music talents.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseDecember 14, 2014
    Classicly New York. High end cocktails, really exceptionally classy vibe.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HuntMarch 7, 2013
    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
  • Scoutmob
    ScoutmobNovember 28, 2011
    Step inside the swanky Carlye Hotel to find Bemelmans Bar, named for the Austrian-born artist who created Madeline children's books.
  • Mary-Stokes K.
    Wonderful vibe with live music! Great people watching too!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HornFebruary 22
    Cocktails and jazz music. Go on Sunday to avoid the crowds.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos Grotewold RiveraDecember 6, 2014
    Great service n amazing cocktails. Stay for the 9:30 music trio they are wonderful.
  • Jim M.
    Jim MeskauskasFebruary 23, 2010
    Sit at the bar, not at a table. The bartenders and patrons leaning into the bar have wonderful stories to tell.
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CSeptember 11, 2014
    Classic cocktails made by classy bartenders in a throwback setting. Expensive but worth it.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren D.August 26, 2011
    Most amazing place in the world. Get a whiskey smash and listen to chris gillespie or loston harris on the piano.
  • Tamara H.
    Tamara HJune 11, 2012
    An Art Deco cocktail lounge "named after the author and illustrator of the Madeline children's books" (via @ShelfAwareness)
  • Anna K.
    Anna KhanJanuary 20, 2013
    New york tradition. Classy without being stuffy. Lighting and art makes it a great pre-dinner spot.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon StewartJanuary 25, 2013
    Yes, it is expensive. But having a quiet drink, eating snacks and relaxing makes it priceless.
  • Khee L.
    Khee LeeDecember 28, 2011
    Takes you back to classic New York. Definitely stay for the jazz after 9:30.
  • Brian T.
    Brian TurnerDecember 8, 2010
    Sit where you can see the entrance to the bar from the hotel (not the street). They should sell tickets
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