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Spa Deals For The Budget Traveler | Martinis and Manicures

July 11, 2010 • By

This is the second in a series of infrequent articles that feature spa deals for the budget traveler.

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While doing my research for my NYC trip, I decided that it would be cool to do something fun and different like getting my eyebrows threaded at City Brows.   Never too satisfied with only one quirky experience, I decided to check out what else I could get into in the big apple.  While checking out Time Out New York online, I came across a bar that took “Girls Night Out” to a whole ‘nother level. Every night, without fail, they have a “Martinis and Manicure” special that only costs $10.00!

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One side of the Beauty Bar (which boasts itself as the “Original Manicure Happy Hour”) is truly a blast from the past.  It is decked out like a 1950’s salon on one side and the other is your typical ‘belly up at the bar’ saloon.  To get started, just hand a tenner to the bartender and he will give you a wait number in exchange.  Everything is done right proper, every lady had to wait her turn.  Next, place your order……you can choose from several cleverly-named alcoholic beverages: The Prell, Platinum Blond, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Pink Blush, Conditioner, Blue Rinse and Shampoo.  Or if you are not as adventurous, you can have a Cosmopolitan, Beer or Martini….you name it….the bartender will fix it right up for you.The hours are Monday through Friday from 6pm to 11pm and Saturday & Sunday 7pm-11pm.

In short order, the two manicurists on duty will begin by calling the first customer and they continue until everyone has been served.    They were very warm conversationalists and eager to learn about the person that they were serving and at the same time were very efficient and managed to serve their 15th satisfied customer before 9 pm.

The drill is pretty much the same as it in the more ritzy nail salons.  The only glaring difference is that you do not get to soak in Palmolive liquid the way Madge the manicurist lets you.  They go right to the clipping, shaping then they apply cuticle remover before allowing to you pick your fave OPI or Zoya nail polish.  So far, there are other locations throughout the US in the following cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Austin, Las Vegas, Portland, Brooklyn, Denver and Chicago.

They were considering Atlanta once upon a time, but nothing yet.  If they’ve changed their mind, I really hope that they reconsider.  I would be one of their best customers!  If you happen to find yourself in one of the cities that I mentioned, be sure to look them up.  Everyone deserves a little fun every now and then….just remember to tip those hard working guys and gals while you’re there!