Hoboken Girl’s {Mani} Monday : McSwiggans’ Happy Hour Manicure

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Living in Hoboken, who doesn’t love a hidden gem? Whether it is a shop, restaurant, or salon, any Hoboken girl appreciates local perks — no matter what the case. And when it comes to nails, that’s even more important. Enter our Hoboken Girl mani maven on this Monday to give you the low-down on a BAR that does free manicures. Yes, a bar.

Looking for a Friday night one-stop-shop to pampering and booze? McSwiggans {located at 110 1st Street} has a fun, social, and relatively inexpensive deal: buy a cocktail and receive a free manicure! From 7pm-9pm {on Fridays only} you can head to happy hour with your girls and enjoy a sweet kick-off to the weekend.


This week I had the pleasure of actually making it to happy hour (finally not working late!), and meeting Tee, the manicurist at McSwiggans. Esthetician by day, manicurist by night, Tee was such a pleasure to spend my Friday happy hour with! The best part? As I walked up to greet Tee, she was reading HobokenGirl on her phone…coincidence? I think not.

Tee brings her own polishes, varying week by week which expands beyond Essie and OPI. As a professional who does work for celebs and advertising, she supports her fellow manicurists by featuring some of their lines – Lauren B and Bernadette Thompson to name a few!


^Tee in her McSwiggans glory! <3 her.

Since this is a limited set up, don’t expect a full blown mani (no exfoliation or cuticle clean up), but Tee does an exceptional job of filing, moisturizing and polishing those talons…especially as you’re grabbing a cocktail.


^Pictured here, I Manicure for Beads by OPI. I’ve gotten SO many compliments on it already – can you tell my favorite color is purple? Paired with my happy hour drink of choice, vodka + club + lime.


Be sure to check out McSwiggans’ happy hour on Fridays from 7pm-9pm and visit Tee! And of course, don’t forget to tip 🙂


Have you had a Hoboken salon experience and lived to tell the nail tale?

Post your mani with the hashtag #HGManiMonday on IG and share your experience with us {tag @hobokengirlblog}.

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When she’s not supporting Penn State football, keeping up with pop culture or assembling a killer cheese platter, Melissa is nailing it with her manicure game. Being a New Jersey Native, she knows what’s important – balayaged hair, an on-point contour and simple [never basic] nails. As our Mani Monday columnist, she will be featuring her manicure endeavors throughout Hoboken and living to tell the nail-tale. When the Friends and SNL marathons are not on repeat, she enjoys exploring the latest in beauty products and trends. Specializing in eyebrow emergencies and life beyond Sephora (it exists!), Melissa is HG’s beauty #hustler.