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“Visit with Madeline.”

Bemelman's Bar at The Carlyle
Ranked #40 of 857 Nightlife in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Chapel Hill
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109 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Visit with Madeline.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2014 via mobile

Bemelman's art covers the walls, including one vignette with Madeline. It may seem an odd combination with a dimly lit and intimate lounge, but it's a favorite spot for our family. We come here for a drink and a rest from the busy city, and to visit with Bemelman's sketches.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Bemelmans Bar, fabulous but for the very loud amplified piano and singer”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2012

This very clasy (and pricey) cocktail bar is gorgeous. The whole bar has murals by Ludwig Bemelmans with the title of Central Park - very humorous and beautiful. The lighting is sexy and the drinks excellent. However, the overall atmosphere is ruined by having to shout when the pianist is playing and singing, as the music is amplified. Unamplified music is very much more suitable for such a wonferful example of a high-end 1940's cocktail bar. The service and often interesting clientele match the charming walls and great drinks. Get rid of the speakers!!

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“Bemelmans Bar.....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2010

An additional comment after prior review. I found it odd that the management response did not address this. We love the Carlyle! The hotel, service, neighborhood etc. is everything we are looking for when we visit NYC. Having this said, we too find the surcharge for hotel guests in Bemelman's Bar a bit much. It is quite annoying for a guest to be subjected to what amounts to $100 cover in order to enjoy a night-cap before retiring to our $800+ room. A consideration for hotel guests would be in order and much appreciated.

Thank lalea
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