Bemelmans Bar

35 E 76th St, New York City

4.5
  • Phone Numbers: 12127441600
  • Address: 35 E 76th St, New York City
  • Meals: Late Night, Drinks
  • Restaurant features: Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
  • Good for: Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions
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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    12:00 - 00:00

  • Sun

    12:00 - 00:00, 00:00 - 01:00

  • Tue

    12:00 - 00:30

  • Wed

    00:00 - 00:30, 12:00 - 00:30

  • Thu

    00:00 - 00:30, 12:00 - 00:30

  • Fri

    00:00 - 00:30, 12:00 - 01:00

  • Sat

    00:00 - 01:00, 12:00 - 01:00

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Reviews

  • Brett Balser

    5
    - 03 September 2018 -

    The table snacks here are pretty unreal. It makes it totally worth it to get a $25 cocktail or a $12 beer. Our server had brought us another bowl of them before we even finished the first one. Free iced tea in the hotel lobby is a big plus too. You get to see Bemelman's art on the walls, and that's pretty awesome too!

  • Jen Yerkes

    5
    - 01 September 2018 -

    Check out how the other half live.... so expensive but so beautiful. Live jazz, bar snacks, stiff drinks surrounded by such adorable art.

  • samueal nigussie

    1
    - 23 July 2018 -

    I prefer The 777 club But only because it’s so much better

  • Ben Lachaut

    4
    - 13 July 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.

  • Joanna O

    5
    - 28 May 2018 -

    This is a great jazz bar - very romantic, but also just a nice place to hang out. The Wall decorations by Ludwig Bemelmans make it even cooler, if you're into that. The one thing: it is pricy, especially if you go when there's a cover charge. So be prepared for that. But if you're willing to pay up it is a great experience and I highly recommend it.

  • Boomer Zielinski

    5
    - 25 February 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.

  • Ken R

    3
    - 07 February 2018 -

    Surprisingly limited("bottom-mid shelf") spirit selection; especially considering it's "upscale notoriety"

  • Passionate About Traveling

    5
    - 23 January 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!

  • Robbin Johnson

    4
    - 13 December 2017 -

    Great beer selection and even bartenders! I'm biased since I only go when I visit a friend in NYC and it's one of his favorite places. I don't know what bloody mary mix they use, but it has a nice kick to it.

  • Dilek I

    5
    - 22 August 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.

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