Jekyll & Hyde
The buzz: This nail salon-cum-bar is run by the people behind local beauty parlour Manicurious. By day, the place is open for manicures and pedicures, and by night, it is a swish bar specializing in gin cocktails.
The decor: The theme of duality also influences the design of the space. It’s an industrial chic set up, with lots of cold concrete, but that’s balanced with warm dark wood furnishings.
The drinks: Cocktails come care of former Bar Stories mixologist Jeff Ho. Expect concoctions like Lady Marmalade ($20)—oolong infused gin, lavender and marmalade—and a selection of 10 gin labels (available in flights of four to five), including many rare and artisanal specimens such as Monkey 47. To go along with the drinks, there's East-meets-West snack foods like beef and cheese satay sliders and spam fries.
The music: Old school jazz (think crooners like Dean Martin) keeps things classy.
The crowd: Execs looking for a quiet post-work drink as well as friends of the young founders—it’s still pretty low key.
Why you’ll be back: The bar holds its own as a neighborhood watering hole and craft cocktail spot. But it’s also a novel concept, just right for hen parties, or getting dolled up before a night out on the town.