Choice acts keep New York’s most dapper nightspot on the map, while the steep cover charge and white-jacketed service makes sure riffraff doesn’t scuff up the bar’s most valued draw: original Ludwig Bemelmans murals. Mixologist Brian Van Flandern’s spiffy (and pricey) potions preserve the bar’s classic character. Try the popular Paradise cocktail (pear vodka, Aneri and prosecco with lime and bitters), or a rum, lime, tonic and Martell cognac concoction named for the spot’s longtime barkeep, Tommy Rowles.
|Venue name:||Bemelmans Bar||Contact:|
The Carlyle, 35 E 76th St
|Cross street:||at Madison Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat 11am–1am; Sun noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Cover (after 9:30pm): $20–$35. Average drink: $20. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|
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