You’re going to see Bullets Over Broadway at the St. James Theater and you need to know where to get a drink afterward? No problem! We’ve got just the right post-theater bar for the musical based on the popular Woody Allen film playing on Broadway right now.
The Show: In the 1920s, a young playwright lands a show on Broadway, only to find out that his producer is also a gangster. Not only is he forced to cast the producer’s untalented girlfriend, he becomes tangled into a world of wacky high drama — it’s a story only Woody Allen’s witty book and Susan Stroman’s dazzling direction could do justice to. The musical score revives several Jazz Age standards such as “I’m Sitting on Top of the World,” and “Up a Lazy River.”
The Bar: Music is at the heart of the Carlyle Hotel. At Bemelmans Bar, pianists prefer all the old standards, from Gershwin to Porter. Ludwig Bemelmans, the children’s book illustrator known for Madeline, painted the gorgeous murals of Central Park throughout, in exchange for a year and a half accommodation in the elegant hotel. Neighboring Café Carlyle presents a more elaborate cabaret setting, with headlining stars from Tommy Tune to Buster Poindexter to Woody Allen himself, who plays jazz clarinet with the Eddy Davis New Orleans Jazz Band every Monday evening.
What to Drink: The cocktail era is celebrated on all bar menus in the Carlyle: This is the place to order up a Gin Gin Mule (gin, ginger beer, simple syrup, mint and lime juice, $21) or a Vesper Martini (vodka, gin and white Lillet, $21).
For where to eat before ‘Bullets Over Broadway,’ see our pre-theater restaurant suggestion.