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Downtown Lounge Aims to Change Perception of Hookah Bars

Mr. Hookah Lounge is upscale and alcohol-free, and according to owners, unlike any of its kind around.

For the older and uninitiated set, hookah bars have a reputation for being dingy, smoke-filled dens of iniquity, packed with inebriated 20-somethings hell bent on having a good time. 

But thanks to a couple of skilled professionals, who together have built and designed more than a dozen such establishments in Chicago, the image of the hookah lounge might be changing. 

Mr. Hookah Lounge, an upscale establishment located a stone’s throw from the Clearwater downtown district, is clean, inviting and family-friendly; in other words, it’s everything most hookah lounges aren’t. 

“I visited most of the hookah lounges in the Tampa Bay area, and they are giving hookah lounges a bad name,” co-owner David Spears says.

“This is the type of hookah lounge you can bring your family to.” 

Filled with comfortable furniture and sporting a funky, cool vibe, Mr. Hookah more resembles a trendy coffee bar than a smoking lounge. 

In fact, since the place does not serve alcohol, coffee, espresso and fruit drinks are the main items on the menu, which also includes pastries, cakes and non-alcoholic beer. 

There is no time limit for customers to smoke, as is the case with similar lounges, and the prices — $10 for regular size, $15 for extra large — are lower than competitors’ as well, according to Spears. 

Although Spears doesn’t want to give the impression that smoking from the water-filled, nicotine-free pipes is a healthy activity, he does want people who enjoy hookah smoking to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy themselves instead of fearing what type of clientele is going to come through the door. 

“Other (hookah lounges) around here have old furniture, they’re dark, and you get the feeling you’re doing something illegal in there,” he says. “Here you have open space, comfortable furniture and relaxing music.

“This is a completely different experience for hookah.”

Mr. Hookah Lounge

Address: 801 Cleveland St., #A

Hours: from 6 p.m. til close daily

Phone: 727-600-8045

ashley July 15, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I love this hookah bar, by far the best in town. It is a high class and a relaxed environment come down and find out for yourself
Jared Leone July 16, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Thanks for sharing so many pics David!
Kay July 21, 2012 at 02:12 AM
By far the best hookah bar in pinelllas county
Al July 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM
what a great place to experience a nice hookah in upscale comfortable lounge... I have been to many hookah lounges, this is the best by far..
zeena August 02, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Wow, this lounge was best of the best! The furniture and music were lovely and gave the spot an awesome Arabic feel. I also really liked the servers...they really managed to cater to my every need, making the perfect hosts. The tobacco tasted excellent, too! Compared to other hookah lounges I've tried, the hookah here is clearly much better quality...very frothy and delicious! Overall, this was a wonderful experience, and I'll definitely make sure to bring more friends next time I visit!
David Spears August 04, 2012 at 04:44 AM
Hi Zeena this is Mr. Hookah and staff, we just wanted to say thanks for the nice review and thank you for the business. We hope to see you again soon! Next time you come and visit us please make sure you come and introduce yourself. YOUR NEXT VISIT IS ON US.
David Spears August 04, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Hi Al, Mr. Hookah and staff wanted to say thank you for the nice review and thanks for your business. Please come back and visit us again. YOUR NEXT VISIT WILL BE ON US!
Jared Leone August 04, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Very cool David! Let your fans know they also can rate and review Mr. Hookah here: http://patch.com/L-tj1Y

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