BERGEN COUNTY, N.J. -- 'Tis the season -- for craziness. Between gift-buying, cooking, cleaning and party-hopping, not to mention possible relative hosting, moms need a break. Often last on the list, why not bump yourself -- or someone you know (hint, hint husbands!) -- to number one this holiday with a night out sans kids and hubbies.
What follows are some mom-approved venues. Got a favorite we missed? Feel free to share it.
Axia Taverna, Tenafly: Share small plates or dive into a larger portions and feel transported to a bit of Greece. This lively restaurant also features live music Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. Enjoy: 18 Piermont Rd., (201) 569-5999, www.axiataverna.com/ .
Bergen Pac, Englewood: There's always something going on at the Bergen Pac. Coming up in January: the Capitol Steps, which pride themselves on putting the "mock" in democracy. Enjoy: 30 N Van Brunt St., (201) 227-1030, www.bergenpac.org/ .
Chakra , Paramus: A stunning bar/lounge and an intimate atmosphere make you feel as if you're in the City when you're in the heart of Bergen. Try a ShanghaiTea (pierre ferrand cognac, pama, house-infused spice vermouth, and green tea) or a Nutty Pear (Absolut pear, pear puree, amaretto) and catch up on neighborhood gossip amidst a softly lit lounge filled with plush couches, ottomans and low tables. Enjoy: 144 Route 4 East, Paramus, (201) 556-1530, www.chakrarestaurant.com/ .
Chef Central, Paramus: Brush up on new techniques or learn some new ones with a cooking class at Chef Central. Gather your gal pals for a "hot" event worthy of making memories. Enjoy: 240 Route 17 North, (201) 576.0100, www.chefcentral.com/ .
Mexicali Live, Teaneck : In the mood for a little rock and roll? Or a lot? At Mexicali Live, you'll find Pink Floyd tribute bands along with big names like Willie Nile and Loudon Wainwright III. No mom jeans allowed! Enjoy : 409 Queen Anne Rd., (201) 833-0011, www.mexicalilive.com/ .
The Fountain Spa, Hackensack: Spend a few hours taking in the gorgeous wares at The Shops at Riverside, then unwind with a couple friends at this rejuvenating spa where any and all kinds of pampering packages await. Enjoy: Route 4 at Riverside, (201) 327-5155 or in Ramsey at 1100 State Rt 17, (201) 327-5155, www.thefountainspa.com/ .
Pinot's Palette, Ridgewood: It's all about painting, drinking and having fun at this BYOB art studio where creativity is encouraged. The venue supplies the art supplies, you supply the snacks and drinks. Enjoy : 25 Oak St., (201) 389-8676, www.pinotspalette.com/ridgewood.
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