The Hookah, or mystical water pipe, originated in medieval India where it emerged not only as a custom but as a matter of prestige. Today throughout America, the hookah lounge is gaining popularity as the place where human intimacy and pan-national congeniality meet, and the new Hookaholic Lounge and Tobacco (opened in June 2020) is Charlottesville’s first true, dedicated hookah lounge.
Owner Chad Nassif, a native of Lebanon, enjoys nothing better than making hookah. “I love to make my customers happy,” he says. Hookaholic Lounge has an extensive collection of hookahs reserved for specific flavors, of which there are 26(!) to enjoy in a relaxing atmosphere of casual seating beneath several flat screens. With the most extensive selection of tobaccos, pipes and accessories in town, Hookaholic Lounge offers the best selection and prices for enthusiasts to smoke on-site or get it to go.