A fresh breeze of cultural infusion has blown into the heart of El Paso with the opening of Habibi Hookah Lounge, owned by Steven Espinosa. Located at 110 S. Oregon St., Habibi Hookah Lounge welcomes patrons from Wednesday to Sunday, operating from 6 PM to 4 AM. This new establishment promises to be more than just a place to smoke; it’s set to become a vibrant hub of entertainment and relaxation.

Steven Espinosa, who moved to El Paso from California eleven months ago, brings with him a wealth of experience and a passion for creating engaging social spaces. His journey began with the opening of two smoke shops in the area. However, it didn’t take long for Steven to realize that El Paso needed something more—a unique blend of entertainment and culture that he had frequently enjoyed back in California.

Steven’s inspiration for Habibi Hookah Lounge stems from his frequent visits to hookah lounges in California. These venues served as perfect spots for both business meetings and leisurely evenings, seamlessly transforming from relaxed environments into lively nightclubs. Recognizing that hookah lounges were not as prevalent in El Paso, Steven saw an opportunity to introduce something new and exciting to the local scene.

His initial visit to El Paso was prompted by a recommendation from a former employee whose wife was stationed at Ft. Bliss. The trip left a lasting impression on Steven. He fell in love with the city’s peaceful atmosphere, friendly residents, and the slower pace of life compared to California. This newfound appreciation, coupled with El Paso’s potential for growth, convinced Steven to make the move and set the foundation for his new venture.

Habibi Hookah Lounge is not just another business for Steven; it’s a manifestation of his belief in creating spaces that foster human connection and relaxation. He describes his work as being in the “business of energy exchange,” emphasizing the importance of making each visitor feel like family. Steven’s dedication to providing a safe and welcoming environment is evident in every aspect of Habibi Hookah Lounge. He ensures that everyone who walks through the doors feels valued and at ease.

The lounge is a BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle) venue that offers BYOB packages, catering to both first-time hookah smokers and seasoned enthusiasts. Steven invested considerable time researching and selecting the best flavors to ensure an enjoyable experience for all his guests. The grand opening of Habibi Hookah Lounge is set for this Friday, May 24th at 4:00 PM, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony organized by the El Paso Downtown Management District.

Steven’s affection for El Paso extends beyond business. He appreciates how the locals embrace their Mexican heritage, particularly the spirited “ay ay” that reminds him of his mother and his childhood. This cultural connection enriches his desire to contribute positively to the community.

As Habibi Hookah Lounge opens its doors, Steven Espinosa invites everyone to experience a slice of Californian chill with a touch of El Paso warmth. Whether you’re looking to unwind after a long day or seeking a vibrant night out, Habibi Hookah Lounge promises a unique and enjoyable experience for all.

Photos Provided By: Steven Espinoza


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