What do you get when you mix ridiculously strong drinks and manicures, and then throw a few gay men in the mix? Beauty Bar. Final answer.
Like Dallas NEEDED a bar that could give you an updo or manicure while sipping incredibly strong drinks. Just kidding because WE TOTALLY NEEDED BEAUTY BAR! Thanks to the owners of Barcadia, the franchise puts Dallas next to the likes of New York, LA, and Vegas. Even if it IS a chain, we have NOTHING like it in Dallas and it’s a welcome change.
How many times have you been committed to drinks with a friend but needed a manicure? Men, I’m not talking to you (or am I?). Problem solved — stop in for a drink and a quick polish Monday-Friday from 4 to 8 pm. (They request you call ahead for big parties but there’s no harm in calling ahead anyway: 214-841-9600.)
The drinks are to-die-for; they have ridiculous names but they aren’t messing around. My friend and I both ordered our first off the specialty cocktail menu and she proceeded to a simple beer while I couldn’t get enough of the potent concoctions. Thankfully, we had plenty of time to metabolize the drinks before moving ahead with our night. That said, take your time here and make sure you have a snack before you go!
The decor was straight out of the set of “Beauty School Dropout” from Grease – glittery walls, salon chairs, and retro tables and chairs. The bartender was really nice and attentive. However, some *ahem* one of the other guests were a little too chatty … and drunk. BUT after she left, we had a better chance to sit back, relax, and enjoy our drinks. There weren’t many people in the bar (it was a Tuesday) so this would be a good place to take a group and sit on the giant banquette.
Beauty Bar does events often (in the vein of DJs and updos). Check out their full calendar of events here.
While this may not be your new go-to bar, it is worth stopping in to experience the new glitzy bar (even for men).
Drink strength: 4.5
Happy hour | Monday-Friday | 4-8 p.m. | $1 off
Monday: $3 drafts
Tuesday: Bootlegger – well liquor shot and a select beer for $10
Wednesday: $1 off drinks all night
Thursday: Pop ‘til you drop | $3 Coors and Buds, $2 PBR cans
Sunday: $4 you-call-its