When Alkan Bunyamin first arrived in San Diego from Turkey seven years ago, he spoke little English and smoked less hookah. On February 17th, Alkan, along with business partner Masud Sarwary, celebrates the grand opening of Pasha – San Diego’s first luxury hookah lounge that hones in on the ancient social tradition while honoring the Gaslamp’s high standards of style. Pasha Lounge boasts a vibrant design by Davis Krumins that shines a new light on hookah culture. Most simply put by Davis himself, the Pasha atmosphere promotes happiness.
It’s a playful balance of old world tradition and new found appreciation, showcasing wooden railroad rails, rustic rope-strung Moroccan bells and lanterns, and intricate copper wall casings, contrasted with plush sofas in brilliant shades of blue, purple and magenta, set above pure white Moroccan tile. Colorful dangling lanterns dance above your head while sparkling lights glitter in faux greenery around you. Though Pasha is located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, when you’re cozy in your lounge chair of choice – you must lounge in the ultra-mod lime green rockers made entirely of seat belts? – the mystical garden vibe can be powerful enough to transport you to another time and place … well, depending on how much you’re smoking.
A few of our favorite hookah flavors include White Peach, Watermelon, Blackberry, Wild Berry Mint, and the exotic Safari Melon Dew. Mix things up with an add-on for your hookah, such as wine or tea in the place of water. Or upgrade your smoking style with a two pipe hookah – yep, it’s the real deal, baby. Beyond the hookah basics, Pasha will offer a wide selection of wine, beer, cocktails, tea, and coffee, as well as appetizers, sandwiches and desserts. Groups looking to take the experience to the next level can also indulge in VIP bottle service.
Though it may look and sound like a bona fide nightclub designed by one of the industry’s best, Pasha Lounge will not have live DJs or go-go dancers. Instead, non-stop house and trance music will keep the party going … until 3am on weekends. While still not a big hookah smoker, 27-year-old Alkan sure has come a long way from the pro-soccer player arriving in San Diego seven years ago in hopes of discovering a new culture. Starting with Sfinx Productions before opening his own local entertainment company, Amnesia, Alkan is now taking on the next level with his newest venture, Pasha Lounge, which is named after his 14-month-old Bulldog, Pasha, or King in Turkish.
The all new Pasha Lounge celebrates a soft opening on Tuesday, February 8th and a grand opening on Thursday, February 17th. Pasha Lounge will be open 4pm – 1am Sunday through Thursday and 4pm – 3am Friday and Saturday. There will be Happy Hour from 4 – 7pm daily. For more info, call 619.602.4243 or visit Pasha Lounge in San Diego.[ref]http://blog.discoversd.com/san-diego-nightlife-blog/new-pasha-lounge-in-san-diego.html[/ref]