Variety of colorful nail polishes for the best manicure in Dallas.

Nailed it: Here’s where to get the best manicure in DFW

Pick your polish and let these nail salons get to work.

Here in Dallas, we’re extra lucky: Our nail art community is thriving. Whether you’re a toxin-free natural beauty with a passion for polish or a pro-tip queen who’s ready to own every room she enters, you’ll find a sanctuary built just for you. So, let’s relax, soak our sets, and explore the best places in the metroplex for a flawless mani-pedi.

Verbena Parlor and Social House 

Uptown

Ready for a fresh new take on the neighborhood salon? You’re going to fall in love with this Uptown jewel. In fact, you might wind up popping by for a pistachio chai latte or a peach mimosa between appointments because the café area is simply that charming. Notice the air seems cleaner, too? Verbena is committed to being a non-toxic, fume-free environment, so they use only polishes and gels that rank either 5-free (no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, toluene, DBP, and camphor) or 10-free (the same as 5-free, plus no xylene, TPHP, parabens, ethyl tosylamide and lead), and they incorporate cutting edge ventilation technology and sterilization methods to keep everyone protected. 

This philosophy of safety stretches into every element of your experience at this nail salon in Uptown, Dallas. For example, they’ll apply sunscreen on your hands before starting a gel service to protect your paws from the UV light. And they don’t use dip powders, opting instead for builder gel treatments, which are less toxic and less prone to cross-contamination. Still want nail art? Great news: Verbena’s pros work wonders on gel, and their Insta boasts stunning examples of intricately drawn dragons, decal-rich astronomy sets, and oh-so mesmerizing cat eye dazzlers. Go ahead, book an appointment, and celebrate your personal aesthetic, without the toxins. 

Bliss Nail Lounge

Lakewood

An East Dallas staple, Bliss Nail Lounge stocks one of the best color collections around, so make sure you arrive early to scope out your shades. And if you don’t have a Big Idea right off the bat, that’s okay. These nail techs are great guides. Just tell them a few thoughts or share some pics and they’ll point you to the exact shade of denim blue or juicy peach you have floating around in your head. Then, sit back, sip your wine, and let them shape your set. (If you’re doing a dip, they’ll make sure it comes out thin and smooth.) Planning a pedicure gossip sesh with your bestie? Be sure to book ahead so you know you’ll get to sit together.

Iris Nail Spa

Richardson

A true suburban gem, Iris’s packed menu of treatments is loaded with decadent ways to pamper yourself. Feet need a little extra love? Try out the healing pedicure with hot stone massage, hydrating paraffin wax, and your choice of milk and honey (for antimicrobial cleansing), fresh aloe vera (to hydrate), or Sunkist, a citrus sugar scrub to energize your tired tootsies. Naturally, if your main objective is more fashion-focused, they’ve got the right technicians to bring your ideas to life. Whether you’re looking to create a jazzy, organic pattern, a decal-rich party nail, or something more line-art-focused, share your inspiration with your tech and let ‘em cook. 

Adore

Uptown

Looking for some nail inspo? Venture into Adore, a soothing, non-toxic nail spa where you can truly customize your claws in the latest shades and styles. From pastel, easter egg-colored French tips to iridescent soft-tone metallics, this space has you covered, dipped, polished, and ready to shine. Ready to sink deeper into relaxation? Amplify the therapeutic benefits of your mani-pedi with a CBD treatment. These infusions help increase blood flow, improve circulation, and reduce stress and anxiety, so you can float back to your regularly scheduled life looking – and feeling – flawless. 

Paris Nail Bar

Frisco

At Paris Nail Bar you can relax knowing that your hands are in excellent hands. Trusted by Plano and Frisco locals as The Spot for good vibes and great designs, Paris has a long list of services to help you unwind and recharge. Their tiered menu of pedicure options ranges from express (soaked, shaped, scrubbed, and polished), to ultra-hydrating jelly-soaked methods, and they go all the way up to a fun volcano soak that uses a bubbly reaction to help soften and exfoliate your feet.

For your hands, the options are limitless. They will celebrate your natural nails with punchy bold colors, or help you build them out into whatever skyscraper masterpiece you dream up. Whether you’re #teamgel or #teampowder, Paris Nail Bar artists are ready to help you flaunt it with your perfect shape, thickness, and color palette. Not sure if you want a special, painted-on style or an ombre pattern? Source some inspo from their social accounts. They keep it fresh on Instagram so your next seasonal look is right at your fingertips. 

Pink Pedi

Dallas

Armed with the charming philosophy that self-care should be a treat, this “beauty bakery” whips up all of its products with essential oils and food-grade ingredients. Of course, they take it even further by packaging up these pamperings to look like sweet treats, so you can really delight in spoiling yourself. Some of Pink Pedi’s most popular recipes are Berry Beachy (strawberry, black currant, rosewood, and salted caramel), Lavender Milktea (lavender and coconut cream), and Peppermint Gumdrop (peppermint and vanilla), with new flavors rotating in and out all the time. 

This organic approach extends into manicure services, too. Enjoy delicious soaks and scrubs to energize your hands and tons of polish and Gel X options for your nails. (They are toxin-free, so no dip powders here.) Whether you choose the Sylvan Ave or Ross Ave location, be sure to book in advance. Your feet will thank you.


People Sitting and Eating in a Dimly Lit Restaurant

The best weeknight restaurant deals around Atlanta

Don't feel like cooking after a long day? We've got you covered.

After a long day of work, oftentimes the last thing you want to do is spend hours in the kitchen whipping up a homemade meal. But we can’t dine out every night – our bank accounts would surely revolt. Thankfully, Atlanta’s dining scene has tons of restaurant options offering weeknight deals that’ll satisfy both your palate and your wallet. Here are some of our favorites.

Poor Hendrix

2371 Hosea Williams Drive NE, Atlanta, GA, 30317

Poor Hendrix in East Lake is a fantastic spot for reasonably priced food and drinks. Try their shrimp, chicken, lamb, or mushroom skewers, sticky sesame wings, or spicy peanut cold noodles for under or around $10. Wash it down with a $9 glass of sangria or punch or a cold beer for under $6. It’s a great dining experience that won’t break the bank.

Lloyd’s

900 Dekalb Ave. Ste. 100, Atlanta, GA 30307

You may have gotten stuck at work late, and your pantry is looking empty. Lloyd’s can save the day with its $3 pizza slices after 9 p.m. Their pizza dough is cold-fermented for a minimum of 48 hours, and they make all of our sauces from scratch. Plus, grab all beers for $6 or less. If you come earlier in the evening, don’t miss their happy hour for $5 martinis, vespers, and Manhattans from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

Alici

931 Monroe Dr. NE Atlanta, GA 30308

Head to Midtown and pop up at Alici‘s bar to enjoy the Aperitivo oyster happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. They have a selection of $1.50 oysters, $12 crudo, including Mahi Mahi and Steelhead trout, and three types of pasta dishes available for $14. Our favorite is the Pasta al Limone, so fresh for summer with a simple lemon, butter, and basil sauce. Enjoy it with a $9 glass of wine. 

Grana

Locations in Midtown and Dunwoody 

Every day from 4-6 p.m., Southern Italian restaurant Grana offers an Aperitivo special of $10 for light bites, pasta deals, and $12 for select pizzas, like their signature meatball pizza. Cheers to $9 wine and $6 beer specials, too! Enjoy it all on their patio for the ultimate summer vibe. 

Chattahoochee Food Works

1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Looking for a great deal for a fun night out? Head to Chattahoochee Food Works every Tuesday from 4-6 p.m. and enjoy Georgia’s Largest Happy Hour! You can get a BOGO handroll special at Flying Sushi (tuna and salmon are a good combo!) and a large order of pork potstickers at Saigon for only $5. Taqueria La Luz offers $2.50 tacos that come in steak or pork and can be served with spicy or mild salsa. Or grab Patty Loaded Tots for $8, topped with bacon, sharp cheese, and onions. The specials change regularly and are announced on their Instagram page, so watch for the latest deals!

Colleta

900 3rd St, Alpharetta, GA 30009

Located in Alpharetta’s Avalon, Colletta offers a delightful happy hour from 5-7 p.m. every Monday through Friday. This offer is only valid at the bar, where you can enjoy antipasti, pizza, and wine deals. The weekly beer is priced at $5, or you can enjoy a glass of house white or red wine for just $6. All the bites on the menu are priced at $10 or less. You can choose from a range of antipasti, including bruschetta, meatball small plate, and chopped salad. If you want something more filling, you can go for the Margherita pizza, which costs $14.

Fogón and Lions

10 Roswell St. Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA 30009

We love Hora Feliz around these parts! That’s Happy Hour in Spanish at Fogón and Lions off Roswell Street. For $7, you can enjoy a delicious Avocado Margarita or a refreshing house sangria. And because we know you’re showing up hungry, enjoy shareable plates for $6, including empanadas, croquetas de pollo, and Puerto Rican corn fritters. A low-key meal after a long day at work. 

Argosy

470 Flat Shoals Ave Se Atlanta, GA

Right in East Atlanta Village, Argosy offers their “world-famous” plancha burger accompanied by their crispy, house-cut fries and Three Taverns beer for $13 every Monday. No fuss, just a good deal. Now that it’s getting warmer out, don’t miss out on their covered patio to enjoy that cold beer. 


Speakeasy bar in Phoenix with dim lighting

Phoenix’s top secret hidden hangouts, cocktail bars, and speakeasies

And tips for where to find them.

Tucked away from the city’s hustle, there are a host of hidden hangouts, cocktail bars, and speakeasies throughout Phoenix, offering a taste of the underground scene with a contemporary twist. From secret entrances to killer cocktails, these spots promise an adventure for those in the know. Whether you’re into luxe lounges or swanky subterranean spots, you won’t want to keep these Phoenix speakeasies a secret. 

Rough Rider

An elevator (inside the Ten-O-One building on Roosevelt Street) will transport you to Rough Rider. This polished Victorian-inspired lounge has a somewhat rugged ambiance complete with a chortling portrait of Teddy Roosevelt, oversized tufted leather chairs, and handsome wood bookcases stocked with trinkets, bottles, and other artifacts you might find in a hunting cabin. Serving upscale cocktails, and contemporary cuisine to match, Rough Rider ticks both boxes for your next dinner and drinks date. An order of fresh oysters and a couple of mezcal-drenched Daisy Temples will surely get your night going.

The Cave at Quartz

Going to The Cave, hidden inside Quartz, is like stepping into a rose-hued surrealist daydream where the drinks are served in theatrical fashion and the atmosphere oozes with opulence. The cocktail menu features a shortlist of dressed-up drinks inspired by deserts across the globe, from the Gobi to the Sahara. For those who appreciate the finer things, try the tart and tasty Life in Pink. Inspired by the Atacama Desert and the blushy flamingos that inhabit the salt flats of Peru and Chile, this twist on a pisco sour steals the show with notes of grapefruit and a fluffy cloud-like egg white on top. 

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Bar 1912 

If you’re looking for a sign, the bold, all caps, neon text spelling out “cocktails” above a side entry door into the Modern Manor building and Valentine restaurant space is it. Enter Bar 1912, a destination for natural wine, fine cocktails, and a listening studio where records spin simultaneously. Here, you can sip tried-and-true classics, like Dirty Martinis with olives or Old Fashioneds on the rocks. For a more experimental libation, opt for the Cotton, which features an enticing combination of sherry, lemon, egg white, and a pistachio cotton candy garnish. 

Stardust Pinbar 

This hidden bar is equal parts arcade and 80s dance hall. Arrive at Stardust Pinbar via Ziggy’s Magic Pizza Shop; you’ll pass by some sticker-covered lockers and a kitchen door along your journey. Bring your moves to the illuminated rainbow-colored dance floor or belly-up to one of the bar’s retro pinball machines. When it comes to drinks, take your pick. The Saguaro Slammer is sure to satisfy fans of gin. And if you like your drinks spicy, like really spicy, tempt your taste buds with Stardust’s Desert Bird. 

Melinda’s Alley

Melinda’s Alley is an intimate underground bar that’s only open for business when the red light outside is glowing. An unassuming alleyway just outside of the Renaissance Hotel will lead you into the mysterious, dimly-lit drinking den. Melinda’s tunnelish interior is enveloped in a crimson hue that blankets everything inside, from the velvet curtains to the low-hung ceiling. The Old Fashioned is a Melinda’s staple — and can usually be ordered from the bar’s weekly rotating cocktail menu. 

Trophy Room at Wren & Wolf

Concealed within Wren & Wolf, Trophy Room offers imbibers an immersive, unplugged sensory experience, fancy cocktails, and an awe-worthy atmosphere. The details about this cocktail-centric concept are mostly hush-hush, but you can secure your seats via reservation to see what it’s like first-hand. Make sure to snap your photos before you enter; phones and cameras are not permitted inside this swanky hideout.

Barcoa Agaveria Basement Bar

In most instances, wandering into dark basement bars would be ill-advised. Luckily, Barcoa Agaveria inside the Xico building passes the vibe check. The downtown basement bar is decorated with Mexican art at every turn, from the trio of ornately beaded cow skulls that hang in the lounge to the murals that cover the walls. Barcoa’s menu is packed with agave spirits sourced from small producers, Mexican wine, and bottled Mexican beer. Get acquainted with all things agave with the Agave Road Trip, a tasting flight featuring three mezcals. For a refreshing tipple, try the Aloe Refresco with blanco tequila, honey and jasmine-infused aloe vera juice, and lemon.   

Captain’s Cabin at Hula’s Modern Tiki 

Set your sights, or sails, on the Captain’s Cabin, a 1940s Tahitian-style speakeasy that neighbors up to Hula’s Modern Tiki on 7th Street. Inside, and after a few drinks, you might feel like you’re navigating the Pacific Ocean for two reasons: the amount of rum in the place and the nautical decor. Tiki classics like Zombies, Nui Nuis, Painkillers, and Mai Tais reign supreme. Groups who are game should go all-in on a Scorpion Bowl. This boozy vat of tequila, brandy, and citrusy tinctures is made for sharing, after all.  

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