Bemelmans Bar

Bemelmans Bar

35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021, USA

(212) 744-1600

Hours: Sun: 12:00 pm - Sun: 12:30 am, Mon: 12:00 pm - Mon: 12:30 am, Tue: 12:00 pm - Tue: 1:00 am, Wed: 12:00 pm - Wed: 1:00 am, Thu: 12:00 pm - Thu: 1:00 am, Fri: 12:00 pm - Fri: 1:30 am, Sat: 12:00 pm - Sat: 1:30 am,

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  • April 22, 2018
    A very enjoyable place to have a drink and take in the art of Ludwig Bemelmans. If you’re a fan of whimsical art work or the Madeline children’s books, it’s the place to see.
    January 23, 2018
    Beyond, we loved everything from Emilee Floor serenading us with her rocking talents, to the cool atmosphere, awesome murals, and then our great martinis! Loved our waiter too! This is class, and it's a happening scene! It's New York at its best! I personally can't wait to go back!! Thank you!
    August 22, 2017
    In a bar in Manhattan that is covered in art, lives the last public place Ludwig Bemelmans' whimsy plays a big part. The story of the feisty literary heroine Madeline begins in Paris, but the girl with the red hair and big yellow hat travels all around the world in the books written and illustrated by Ludwig Bemelmans. Much like his most famous character, Bemelmans’ life began in Europe, in the Austrian Tirol, but he emigrated to the United States when he was nearly 20 years old. After working in the hotel industry and serving in the army, he began writing and illustrating books for children. He found huge success with his Madelineseries, the first book of which came out in 1939. He went on to write five books about the spunky seven-year-old and her adventures, and also produced popular artwork for publications like The New Yorker and Vogue. In the 1940s, Bemelmans took on a commission that combined two of his passions: hotels and painting. He was contracted to decorate the new bar that was built in The Carlyle, a luxury hotel in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. For this, he was paid not in cash, but received free board for himself and his family for a year and a half, the duration it took for the wall murals to be completed. The dull yellow of the walls is enlivened by elephants, rabbits, and other animals frolicking around Central Park, all painted in Bemelmans’ trademark style. Madeline and her friends can also be spotted, alongside other typical park scenes like dogs sprinting with their owners and nurses taking babies for a stroll. The simplicity of the wall art is contrasted by the more luxurious Art Deco interiors of the bar. The ceilings are coated in gold leaf and leather banquettes line the walls, placed near glass-top tables.  The whimsical artwork adds to the New York City piano bar’s quiet appeal and it is the only remaining place where Bemelmans' work that is open to the public. It's all there is, and there isn't anymore.
    February 25, 2018
    The most incredible atmosphere at Bemelman's, and easily, hands down, the best Perfect Manhattan I've ever l had. No matter where you are in the city, you must visit Bemelman's.
    February 07, 2018
    Surprisingly limited("bottom-mid shelf") spirit selection; especially considering it's "upscale notoriety"