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Girls’ Night Out Ideas in NJ

Itching for a fun night with your girlfriends? Make a plan at one of these spots.


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Perfect Pairing

Heads up wine lovers: Sample a flight (1.5 ounces per glass!) of the good stuff straight out of Napa Valley. The best part? Each glass is paired with thoughtfully curated chocolate and cheese recommendations. At the end of the night, you’ll each get to take home a bottle of vino to enjoy with your next meal. If you’re more of a java lover, try coffee and chocolate flavor combos at a unique tasting. Reservations encouraged. 

The Tasting Room; 43A Broad St., Red Bank; 707-736-6050; faustiniwines.com; $24 per person.
2 Chicks with Chocolate; locations in East Brunswick and Metuchen; 888-896-2449; 2chickswithchocolate.com. $49.95 per person.

Sit Still, Look Pretty 

If you’ve always envied friends who can contour, now’s your chance to step up your makeup game (even if you can barely apply lipstick without smudging it). Your squad chooses the night’s lesson, which range from everyday application tips to mastering an amazing smoky eye. You’ll get to sip bubbly or wine and munch on sweet-and-savory snacks during the lesson. And don’t worry: techniques are demonstrated on a model before you try them on yourself. Reservations required. 

Muah Makeup and Lash Bar; 347 Broadway, Westwood; 201-448-9800; muahmakeup.com; $45 per person.

Paint and Pinot

Looking to channel your inner Michelangelo? Round up the girls and hit a BYOB art studio that lets you enjoy your favorite Chardonnay (and munch on apps you bring along), while painting city skylines or still lifes under the guidance of a local artist. Tons of places have cropped up throughout NJ, so it’s easy to find a nearby post-work option—and don’t forget to check sites like Groupon for deals. Reservations required. 

Pinot’s Palette; multiple locations; pinotspalette.com.
Artevino Studio; locations in Cranford, Hoboken, Millburn and Montclair; artevinostudio.com. Prices vary.

Cookin’ Class

Sure, we all have our go-to weeknight dinner staples (chicken tacos for the win!), but how about upping your culinary game with friends in tow? Choose from classes like “Mastery of Techniques,” which focuses on everything from knife skills to roasting a chicken. Take “One Pot Simple Cooking” to make your weeknights easier or pick a cuisine your group loves, like seafood, and make a shrimp and crab dinner. Reservations required.

Classic Thyme Cooking School; 710 South Ave. W., Westfield; 908-232-5445; classicthyme.com. Classes start at $69.

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