Beauty Bar Chicago, part saloon, part salon, established its Chicago home in 2010 as part of a nationally franchised chain. Its décor is out of a 1960s hairdressing manual. One wall is lined with old-fashioned seated hair dryers. Another wall has how-to diagrams for hairdos. There’s a large dance floor, great for the many scheduled events like readings, karaoke and musical performances (even once host to an indoor skateboard competition). And since their special is a $10 manicure and martini, women need not waste time doing their nails before heading out.
Beauty Bar, 1444 West Chicago, (312)226-8828, thebeautybar.com/chicago
Best of Chicago 2012