At Spa Mia Bella, licensed aesthetician and nail tech Julie Blackburn draws on 14 years of experience to perform rejuvenating skin services within the quaint, home-like spa. Her facials hydrate and oxygenate skin to fight off free radicals, stimulate collagen production, and yield a complexion as smooth as a butter sculpture of Nat King Cole. When Julie turns her attention to hands and feet during manicures and pedicures, she doesn’t stop at the nail beds. All of her spa manicures, for example, include an exfoliating sugar scrub along with a glossy coat of Vinylux polish, which lasts up to a week.
Wooden shelves bear the weight of wine bottles behind the wraparound bar at Erato Wine Bar and Restaurant. Bartenders climb a wooden ladder to retrieve a 2006 Louis Latour pinot noir or a 2009 PlumpJack merlot, reading the labels in the dim light of hanging lamps. Around them, laughter bounces off the exposed bricks and spring-soled shoes bounce off the dark-wood floors. Yet the boutique selection of wine isn't the only thing that draws guests in. The bar also hosts high-end spirits such as St. Germain and an international selection of beers. The kitchen, meanwhile, complements this array of libations with tapas-style delicacies that change weekly. Cheese plates come with cured meats, nuts, and fresh fruits, and local ingredients enhance delicacies such as caprese salad. Chefs also whip up meal-size portions of pasta and seafood drizzled with truffle oil and sherry reductions.
You can watch the game at RJ's Sports Bar and Lounge, sure, but that’d be selling the rest of the place short. Patrons stop here for Motown Mondays and live bands on Soulful Saturdays, and there’s a karaoke night and ladies' night in between. There are drink specials every day of the week, too. There’s even an enforced dress code on Fridays and Saturdays for the over-30 set here that keeps things classy and bans Dickensian street urchins with fake IDs.
Nothing too terrifying lurks inside Ye Olde Haunt, even though the bar's decor—a macabre mix of skulls, grim reaper dolls, and horror posters—resembles a haunted house. That ghoulish humor continues on a menu whose cheekily named dishes include Vampire Repellent—a garlic-covered french roll—and The Texas Chainsaw, a bacon- and barbecue-sauce-topped burger on texas toast.
Besides pairing well with meals, beers such as Turbodog and Guinness Black can calm diners during the horror films that the bar screens nightly. Ye Olde Haunt's entertainment isn't limited to thrills and chills; on Fridays and Saturdays, for instance, local bands take the stage for scare-free nights of rocking.