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BEMELMANS BAR

BARS + NIGHTLIFE
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35 E. 76th St., New York, NY (@ Madison Ave.)
212.744.1600
www.thecarlyle.com

Remember the beloved Madeline series of children’s books? Ludwig Bemelmans was their creator, as well as the whimsical murals at Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel – even the illustrations on the table lamps. Look closely and you’ll see his pastel-colored animals celebrating Central Park. Listen closely and you’ll hear old show tunes from the live pianist and smooth pipes of Chris Gillespie.  Prohibition-era cocktails like the Old Cuban or Whiskey Smash dazzle, a brief menu with snacks like mini burgers and a shrimp cocktail satiate, yet keep you feeling light on your toes. A bastion of New York high society and the tip-top of every seasoned Gothamist’s list, Bemelmens has been frequented by politicians, movie stars and moguls for five decades. Ludwig Bemelmans once joked he’d like his tombstone to read: “Tell Them It Was Wonderful.” Well, wonderful it was, and still is, at Bemelmans Bar.


WHAT THE LOCALS ARE SAYING

  • DEREK BLASBERG, WRITER

    “It's a New York legend, how can you not stop in for a drink?”

  • ANNABELLE DEXTER-JONES, ACTRESS, CLOTHING DESIGNER

    “Go see Woody Allen play the clarinet on Monday nights! ”

  • SOPHIE ASCHAUER, FOUNDER, SERPENTSEA

    “It’s always a good idea to go to the flea market or see a museum show, and have a cocktail at Bemelmans Bar afterwards.”


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