From Our Editors
Reservations: Not offered
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: Metered street parking
Most Popular Offering: Hookah and drinks
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery/Takeout Available: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Unlike many hookah bars—with their heavy curtains, ornate filigreed pillows, and other trappings designed to make guests feel transported to the Far East—ESEX Lounge boasts an ultra sleek, nightclub-esque look. Here, hookah smoke lazily pours out of patrons' mouths and swirls around the space, briefly touching beer bottles and cocktail glasses before dissipating into the air, which glows with neon purple and green lights.
Revelers enjoy various hookah flavors and small bites while draped on long white leather couches standing below light fixtures with intersecting tilted rings. Or, they can perch on modern chairs at the full bar, where bartenders dole out more than 90 types of alcohol. Behind the bar, large flat-screen TVs keep fans abreast of various sports and entertainment channels.