The original NYC Beauty Bar has expanded to the eyes of multiple beholders nationwide

Beauty Bar's owners have also smartly tapped into the photoblogging craze and frequently fly Merlin Bronques of Last Night's Party and Mark Hunter of to shoot events, further solidifying their reputation in national hipsterdom as the place to be. "Merlin has immortalized the Beauty Bar New York bathroom," Devitt says. Merlin's also helped immortalize the Beauty Bar customer look: girls with heavy eyeliner and boys with shaggy haircuts.

Devitt has his sights set on making Beauty Bar an international brand—he's looking at spots in Toronto, Montreal, London, and Tokyo while eyeing other American cities like Seattle, Miami, Philly, and Chicago. He's also working on a line of Beauty Bar nail polish—he and Knapp are talking with Maybelline and OPI to design colors for each city. "You can get colors done cheaply and easily, but if you want to get a custom bottle done, it's harder," Devitt says. "I wanna do it right if I'm gonna do it. I'm not looking to be the Hard Rock. I want tokeep the integrity of the place, where people can find it in a city where they don't know where to go. When you go out of town, you think, 'Let's go to Beauty Bar. It's always fun.' "

You have won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect $10.
photo: Tricia Romano
You have won second prize in a beauty contest. Collect $10.


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  • Freaks and Geeks
    Beauty Bar's sci-fi-themed beauty pageant
    by Tricia Romano
  • Beauty Bar celebrates its 11th anniversary Sunday.

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