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Named in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic Madeline children’s books, Bemelmans Bar is a timeless location that continues to attract socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls with its extensive drink menu and nightly live entertainment.
The bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling. Guests are charmed by its distinct New York style and the large-scale murals in the hotel bar, the only surviving Bemelmans' commission open to the public.
We are extremely saddened to share that we lost an irreplaceable member of The Carlyle family on December 15, 2017. Chris Gillespie gifted all of us with his incredible musicianship for the last 16+ years. His legacy will live on at The Carlyle through the stories and memories shared by our associates, as well as the countless fans and guests, who would visit the hotel, year after year, specifically to hear him play in Bemelmans Bar. Chris will forever be missed and we thank him for his time, talent and smile.