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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • PureWow
    PureWow1 week ago
    Sure, $23 is pretty steep for a cocktail, but it’s worth every penny when you get to soak up the ritzy, old-world atmosphere at this Upper East Side institution. Read more
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Brant M.
    Brant McQuittyApril 16, 2016
    Best martinis and bar snacks on the UES, not to mention the Bemelman murals play nicely agains the dark space and great jazz trio.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ❀✿ YIᑎG ✿❀
    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.
  • 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.
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoJuly 11, 2016
    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!
  • 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.
  • Bruce T.
    Bruce TilleyFebruary 3, 2015
    Fabulous NYC transition. Visit this bar as it's known for featuring top music talents.
  • 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.
  • IrmaZandl T.
    IrmaZandl The OpinionatorDecember 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Mary-Stokes K.
    Mary-Stokes KollerJanuary 3, 2016
    Wonderful vibe with live music! Great people watching too!
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HornFebruary 22, 2016
    Cocktails and jazz music. Go on Sunday to avoid the crowds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bon Appetit Magazine
    If you’ve never had a Champagne cocktail before, start your habit here. Speaking of habits: Those potato chips! Read more
  • Alexandra H.
    Alexandra HancockJanuary 6, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    I always order the same two drinks whenever I'm here (which is very, very often): Passion Royale & Whiskey Smash. Highly recommend!
  • Chris E.
    Chris EvansApril 1, 2015
    Great spot that does lovely live jazz. Really intimate vibe while still having great energy.
    Upvoted Jan 28
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonDecember 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pisco Sour is delish! Another Sour, the "Bradshaw" (after SATC's Carrie Bradshaw) is a great tequila cocktail...
  • Amy R.
    Amy RobertsonMarch 17, 2016
    An absolutely lovely experience. Grab a seat at the bar, order a martini, and listen to the classics from the piano man
  • eric b.
    eric bornemannMarch 15, 2015
    An only in NYC institution. Pricey drinks offset by free snacks and amazing ambiance.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carlos G.
    Carlos Grotewold RiveraDecember 6, 2014
    Great service n amazing cocktails. Stay for the 9:30 music trio they are wonderful.
  • 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.
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CSeptember 11, 2014
    Classic cocktails made by classy bartenders in a throwback setting. Expensive but worth it.
  • 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
  • Erin
    ErinSeptember 10, 2016
    come here alone. grab a cocktail at the bar. eavesdrop on the conversations surrounding you.
  • Anna K.
    Anna KhanJanuary 20, 2013
    New york tradition. Classy without being stuffy. Lighting and art makes it a great pre-dinner spot.
  • Khee L.
    Khee LeeDecember 28, 2011
    Takes you back to classic New York. Definitely stay for the jazz after 9:30.
  • Shannon S.
    Shannon StewartJanuary 25, 2013
    Yes, it is expensive. But having a quiet drink, eating snacks and relaxing makes it priceless.
  • 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)
  • Danielle D.
    Danielle DraudtOctober 6, 2016
    See the city through rose coloured glasses with a martini to sip and a piano to hear.
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DocktorAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Most amazing place in the world. Get a whiskey smash and listen to chris gillespie or loston harris on the piano.
  • Angela M.
    Angela MauroSeptember 30, 2016
    Come before the $20 pp cover after $9pm. Expect expensive but delicious drinks. Decor is like none other, completely unique
  • Andy C.
    Andy ChapmanDecember 21, 2016
    Classic, great service. Any drink you order will be great.
  • Kimberly Y.
    Kimberly YbarraOctober 26, 2011
    Romantic bar with beautiful murals...awesome during the holidays!
  • Trae F.
    Trae FDecember 24, 2015
    Fabulous bar. Be prepared to spend some money here.
  • Susie B.
    Susie BarkerDecember 6, 2015
    Drink martinis and classic cocktails while listening to live music
  • Brett H.
    Brett HowardDecember 15, 2014
    My favorite bar in the city. A true classic.
  • Theater B.
    Theater BoxOctober 29, 2016
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  • Fernando B.
    Fernando BravoSeptember 16, 2012
    For classic cocktails at an uptown NY bar, with piano player.
  • Ozgur K.
    Ozgur K.1 week ago
    Creative and functional Martini presentation, and all that jazz!
  • Karin B.
    Karin BäcklundJanuary 13, 2014
    The Earl Grey Martini is just great!
  • Jim S.
    Jim SpanfellerApril 16, 2012
    Perfect spot for a Saturday afternoon Martini after a trip to The Metz!
  • Geraldine V.
    Geraldine ViscoOctober 21, 2014
    If you sit by the bar for the show it's half the price!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 24, 2015
    Exceptional service, jazz, cocktails and salty snacks
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 25, 2014
    Yes, this place is pricey, but it is so worth it.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 2, 2014
    Check out Bemelmans Bar as seen on Best Bars in America , The Layover Read more
  • Matthew O.
    Matthew OrrJanuary 16, 2012
    One of best Martinis in town and you get a refill :)
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AnayaFebruary 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Join the Billionaires Club and order a Champagne Dream.
  • An W.
    An WangJanuary 3, 2014
    Best vesper martinis in the city.
  • Margarita B.
    Margarita BerovaApril 28, 2013
    NYC at its best. So classy and quintessentially Gothamite.
  • blake G.
    blake GRANTAugust 23, 2011
    This place will make you want to bring your sketchbook. The wallpaper is so imaginative.
  • Matt M.
    Matt McGowanFebruary 22, 2014
    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.
  • Joel
    JoelApril 11, 2015
    Nice music great drinks avoid the food
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CMay 28, 2016
    Very expensive upscale establishment. Expect to pay $25 per mixed drink and $10+ for domestic beer. Unless you're wealthy, there are far better values out there.
  • Judy K.
    Judy KadishSeptember 14, 2014
    Great piano bar atmosphere.
  • Elizabeth C.
    Elizabeth CostaApril 6, 2011
    Try the Old Cuban- it was delicious. Julian
  • Tiffany T.
    Tiffany TownsendDecember 23, 2011
    Best martinis in town and best bartenders-- total pros.
  • Josh K.
    Josh KuzonMay 10, 2014
    Pretty awesome. Great cocktails!
  • Patrick
    PatrickSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    love the whiskey smash, a near perfect version of an old fashioned
  • Lori C.
    Lori ChapmanMarch 19
    Watch your bar tab - our bartender- Timothy H - up charged us. Charged us for a higher priced Bourbon than what we actually ordered.
  • Jono H.
    Jono HaysomAugust 6, 2014
    If Madeleine was legal she'd drink here
  • Garrett P.
    Garrett PNovember 9, 2012
    FABULOUS Manhattan's!!
  • Slow Food NYC
    Slow Food NYCJune 26, 2012
    Happy to award the Snail of Approval to Bemelmans Bar!
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 2, 2014
    My favorite spot in New York.
  • Armando
    ArmandoOctober 9, 2013
    Live piano, cover after 9:30 for jazz
  • Boris
    BorisNovember 27, 2014
    Great places for drinks and Jazz
  • Heléne B.
    Heléne BjörkmanAugust 31, 2015
    Time stands still. Excellent service. Classic cocktails.
  • Leslie L.
    Leslie LaredoOctober 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit with Roy as your waiter or Tim at the bar.
  • CCnyc
    CCnycMay 25, 2015
    Martinis, piano player
  • Cynthia C.
    Cynthia CollinsDecember 8, 2009
    Take a day off. Arrive here around 3:00. Meet Tommy. Order a drink. Any drink. Talk to Tommy. Read more
  • Don Y.
    Don YarDecember 11, 2010
    Great family place, many fathers and daughters together.
  • Lily
    LilyDecember 30, 2011
    New favorite place
  • Brendan M.
    Brendan McDonaldFebruary 12
    A slice of old New York at its finest.
  • David D.
    David Diaz de LeonSeptember 12, 2014
    Jazz is excellent!
  • Stacy G.
    Stacy GeisingerNovember 25, 2016
    The best place ever
  • Michael C.
    Michael Carr-SmithFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Chris Gillespie is world class
  • Kelly A.
    Kelly AhearnMarch 19, 2015
    That piano! 💚
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerelmanOctober 21, 2009
    one of the great UPE bars with old school tunes, piano and cocktails
  • regretpride r.
    Amazing place!!!! regretpride
  • Zia Z.
    Zia Z.January 27, 2010
    Have the Gin Gin Mule, it's amazing!
  • Madame V.
    Madame VinoNovember 29, 2014
    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.
  • محمد ا.
    محمد السجاNovember 7, 2014
    Great atmosphere and the best sliders on earth! ذوق و فن و برقر مهبول و كورة سعودية .... خلها خليجيه و قولوا يالله يالله....
  • Márcia C.
    Márcia ClementinoAugust 6, 2014
    Muito bom o Jazz! Ambiente muito agradável!
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