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SUNDAY - MONDAY: 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M., 9 P.M. - 12 A.M. | TUESDAY - THURSDAY: 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M., 9:30 P.M. - 12:30 A.M. | FRIDAY - SATURDAY: 5:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M., 9:30 P.M. - 1 A.M.
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Guests come for the Madeline murals, but stay for the generous Martinis and live piano. The essence of Upper East Side gentility, Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle is also the last public space to display the mural work of Ludwig Bemelmans, creator of the iconic children’s book character and prolific illustrator of the 1940s and ’50s. Bemelmans completed the commission in exchange for a year’s free board at the hotel, and it’s easy to see why—the bar’s low-slung leather banquettes, golden lighting and gilt-edged details are pure hospitality, and its well-executed classic drinks never go out of style.

Known For
  • historic
  • hotel bar
  • live music
  • bar food
What to drink
House cocktails lean heavily on flavored spirits and sweeteners, but there are some solid bets to be found on the “Bemelmans’ Famous” list, including a Maple Leaf with Michter’s rye and the Gin-Gin Mule, a modern Audrey Saunders classic.
Upper East Side
A cover charge is applied after 9:30 p.m., but live music begins at 5:30 p.m., making Bemelmans a perfect stop post-Museum Mile sightseeing or pre-dinner.