Best salon to get hammered at (2008)

Maria Bonita Salon and Spa

Follow the sounds of bossa nova to Maria Bonita Salon and Spa, where it's happy hour all the time. This Brazilian-inspired full-service retreat not only offers manicures, pedicures, facials, massages, haircuts, and all the usual treatments available everywhere else, but there are cocktails too. Even if you book a 10 a.m. appointment, try not to go on an empty stomach—the ladies here will tempt you with a mouthwatering cai­pirinha (lime, sugar, cachaca), Brazil's national drink. Resistance is futile—after one glass, and with the help of Caetano Veloso and João Gilberto in the background, it's easy to imagine yourself lying on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro. (Tip: Patrons scheduled for a Brazilian bikini wax should down a few caipirinhas beforehand—the alcohol serves as an anesthetic).


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