If Elizabeth Taylor taught us anything (so many lessons, I know), it was to indulge in that ever-present urge to pamper thyself.
Behold: The W Hotel's monthly Martinis & Manicures soirée is back. Starting this Thursday (and every third Thursday this summer), the swanky hotel's Living Room bar will offer a combo package for women hoping to get a little naughty while they get their nails done. The $27 price tag (plus tip) gets you one cocktail plus the mani (or substitute it with a massage).
- To make reservations, visit www.spamobileevent.com. Mark your calenders for April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18.
With the opening of the Tim McKee-consulted Masu scheduled for Monday, Twin Cities' foodies are salivating. But have you heard about the drinks menu? The name behind the beverage program at this E. Hennepin restaurant should wet your whistle, too. McKee's buddy Johnny Michaels, who oversees the bar at La Belle Vie, has dreamed up some juicy concoctions to go along with the sushi and robata. Michaels said the list will feature a lot of shochu (a distilled Japanese beverage similar to vodka), but no saketinis. I'm looking forward to the Godzillita, a spicy ginger-plum margarita. He also has a series of drinks inspired by Gummi Bears (which sit on the rim). For instance, the Blushing Gummi has a violet-lavender flavor, while the Rainbow Gummi is spiked with berry-hibiscus.
- 330 E. Hennepin Av., Mpls. 612-332-6278. www.masusushiandrobata.com.
Did you know one of the metro area's coolest shops, Twin Cities Magic and Costume, has a performance stage? Me, neither. Located on the second level of this downtown St. Paul behemoth, the Jewel Theatre is featuring master magicians (who happen to be funny) all month long. Minneapolis' own David Harris performs Friday. Check out shock illusionist Dan Sperry on April 29; he's been described as "David Copperfield meets Marilyn Manson."
- 7 p.m. start time. 250 E. 7th St., St. Paul. $20. 651-797-7591. www.twincitiesmagic.com.
Better late than never. Here are the deets on a couple of downtown Minneapolis bars that were scheduled to open in March and early April. The owner of the Bullfrog, a Cajun-style beer bar near Hennepin and 11th, was hoping to open by March 1. Matt Lokowich, who also owns the Bulldog Uptown and Lowertown, said he's putting the finishing touches on the bar, which should open by the end of this month. After signing a lease in mid-March, Johann Sfaellos thought he could do a quick turnaround on the former Visage space at 400 3rd Av. N., near the ballpark. He now plans to open his Euro dance club 400 Soundbar (a sequel of sorts to 414 Soundbar) on Cinco de Mayo.