The Slope's newest bar, the 11th outpost of popular East Village salon/dive Beauty Bar, officially opened last Tuesday night in the northern end of the space last occupied by Ozzie's Coffee, on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll Streets.
As the building it's in fronts along Garfield Street, the side wall of the bar faces the avenue and lets in a ton of natural light, which reflects nicely off the hand-glittered walls. That's right: all of the walls are covered in glitter designs, from floor to ceiling. It's quite a sight to behold.
I had the opportunity to chat with founder and owner Paul Devitt, who told me that he happened upon the space almost by accident. "We'd been looking to get back into Brooklyn [since the one in Buskwick closed], and my friend who owns a restaurant nearby told me that the space was available," he said. "We came to take a look and it was perfect."
The bar differs from most others in the mini-empire simply due to the fact that it's about as far from a dive imaginable. It's spacious and well-lit, and Devitt has taken the neighborhood into account. "We brought in Shane Tison, who's best known for the cocktails at The Randolph at Broome, as a cocktail consultant, and this is the first Beauty Bar with custom specialty cocktails," he told me. They're pretty damn good, too: standouts include the Blonde Redhead (rum, St. German, champagne, fresh strawberry, bitters, and lemon), El Diablo Bonito (tequila, grapefruit, honey, ginger, lime, and cucumber), and the Vidal Sassoon (gin, campari, lime, simple syrup, cucumber, and absinthe rinse).
There's a nice selection selection of eight draft beers as well, and all drinks are $2 off during Happy Hour, which runs from 5-8 PM daily. There's a chance that they'll open up earlier during the week, and are planning on introducing a menu of retro foods on April 1, including Waldorf Salad, Deviled Eggs, and chicken liver pate on toast.
The whole "beauty" aspect certainly hasn't been forgotten, either; there's a professional manicurist on hand during Happy Hour (when there's also a $10 cocktail-and-manicure special), and they're also planning on hosting weekly events where mothers can sip a cocktail while their kids get manicures. (I told you they took the neighborhood into account!)
Beauty Bar, 249 Fifth Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215.