Bemelmans Bar

Bemelmans Bar

35 E 76th St (at Madison Ave), New York, NY 10021, United States
Closed until 5:30 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 5:30 PM–11:30 PM
$ $ $ $
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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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  • Claire J S.

    at The Carlyle

    Claire J Song · 1 day ago
  • Kelly A.

    That piano! 💚

    Kelly Ahearn · 1 week ago
  • eric b.

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

    eric bornemann · 1 week ago
  • 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 · 2 weeks ago
  • 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
  • Madame V.

    Excelente lugar para tomarte un trago y descubrir la época dorada de New York. Todo un clásico. Elegante, cozy y perfecto para los amantes del jazz.

    Madame Vino · November 29, 2014
  • Boris

    Great places for drinks and Jazz

    Boris · November 27, 2014
  • محمد ا.

    Great atmosphere and the best sliders on earth! ذوق و فن و برقر مهبول و كورة سعودية .... خلها خليجيه و قولوا يالله يالله....

    محمد السجا · November 7, 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
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Bemelmans Bar as seen on Best Bars in America , The Layover Read more

    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
  • Theresa T 💞

    Really great atmosphere and cocktails

    Theresa T 💞 · August 9, 2014
  • Jono H.

    If Madeleine was legal she'd drink here

    Jono Haysom · August 6, 2014
  • Márcia C.

    Muito bom o Jazz! Ambiente muito agradável!

    Márcia Clementino · 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
  • Andy J.

    Live piano, cover after 9:30 for jazz

    Andy Joe 🐥 · 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
  • 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 Lawson · September 17, 2012
  • Fernando B.

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

    Fernando Bravo · 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 Gilchrist · 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
  • Jason 6.

    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.

    Jason 64128 · May 29, 2012

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