Spa Deals For The Budget Traveler | Martinis and Manicures

Spa Deals For The Budget Traveler | Martinis and Manicures

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

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 6 pm to 11 pm 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!

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Renee King
  • Abi
    Posted at 13:30h, 10 March Reply

    Wow, what a colourful post! I’ve only had my nails done once since I’m outdoors so often (or disorganised & a skinflint, you decide!) Love the new look for the blog, by the way.

    • Renee
      Posted at 13:50h, 10 March Reply

      Abigail! Thanks, it was such a random, fun thing to do. Thanks for the blog header compliment….I really needed a change!

  • Ralph
    Posted at 00:11h, 07 April Reply

    Congratulations Renee! You have a new look of the blog now. It is such a good start again. Wishing you all the best. Thanks.

    • Renee
      Posted at 08:00h, 07 April Reply

      Thanks, Ralph! Glad you like the new digs! lol

  • Darcy Domingo - indigo Salon of Modesto
    Posted at 01:43h, 15 April Reply

    I heard about this place before. I live in Modesto, CA which is really close to San Francisco. I’ll have to check that one out. We opened our salon this year and I’m curious as to what other salons are doing as far as themes, decor, and such. Thanks for the info!

  • ElleX
    Posted at 22:35h, 10 September Reply

    I love this concept!

  • Gretta
    Posted at 02:39h, 31 October Reply

    They are definitely missing a huge market in Seattle. I would patronize that place every weekend. What a perfectly brilliant idea. It’s the exact right mix of girliness. I am not sure I would want to try a drink called the “Shampoo,” but I’m not scared. I’d do it. I bet it’s delicious. Next time I’m in New York I’m taking my sister in-law there for sure, she’ll be thrilled!

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