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Devin Hilts is manager of Off the Hookah, a new nightclub, lounge and hookah bar located at 14 Margaret St. in downtown Plattsburgh. The club features an Egyptian-style decor and offers beer, liquor and wine as well as herbal, non-tobacco hookah products. A menu is being finalized and food is expected to be available before the end of the year. (Staff Photo/Rob Fountain)

Off the Hookah open in Plattsburgh

By: DAN HEATH

PLATTSBURGH — A new nightclub seeks to bring a unique style to downtown Plattsburgh.

Off the Hookah opened in mid-October at 14 Margaret St., the former Therapy Sports Lounge location. Manager Devin Hilts said it is owned by Fort Lauderdale-based Ehab Atallah, who has four other locations — Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach in Florida and Richmond, Va.

Off the Hookah is a bar, nightclub and herbal, non-tobacco hookah lounge in one. It features a distinct Egyptian decor, with artwork such as a sarcophagus scattered throughout. 

“There’s nothing like this in the whole area,” Hilts said.

Premium lighting, sound

The lighting and sound system alone ran about $250,000, Hilts said. LED lights lined along the edges of the bars and other interior features provide a changing color scheme that reflects off the large array of liquor bottles.

VIP areas with sofa seating are located on the upper level and near the main dance floor. Those rooms or even the entire club can be rented for private events.

There is a combination of booths and tables for guests. Beige and tan tile floors make up the dance floor and provide ease of cleaning.

There are seven 60-inch flatscreen televisions. There is also a six-by-10-ft. projection screen above one the bars, ideal for televised sporting events.

The club has 20 beers on tap and about 25 varieties in bottles. There is an extensive liquor inventory as well as three labels of red wine, three labels of white wine and champagne.

They are presently finalizing a menu, with food service expected to be available before the end of the year.

There are about 35 employees at present, including waitresses who provide service to the tables and VIP areas. The club is rated for a crowd of 600. 

There are two DJ stations, one up front and one in the back. A large overhead door can split the club into two sections to help provide privacy for special events.

Hilts said renovations, including installation of a second bar, took about three months. Both bars feature granite tops.

“I’ve had a lot of good reviews on what the place looks like,” Hilts said.

Live bands included

Local DJs are providing entertainment at present. Hilts said they also plan to book some out of town DJs.

Live bands will also be part of the mix, he said.

The entrance is toward the back half of the club, which will be a bonus in winter.

“With the cold weather coming up, you don’t have to wait outside to get in,” Hilts said.

There is a coat check available for $1. 

Hilts said the club will have a cover charge for special events.

He said they plan to offer a shuttle service, both locally and possibly as far as Burlington, Montreal and Saratoga Springs. That would be great for winter and also to prevent drinking and driving.

The building is owned by Shawn Cliche, who has an establishment next to the Off the Hookah location in Fort Lauderdale. He mentioned the space he had available in Plattsburgh, which led to this newest location.

Off the Hookah is open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. Hilts said they plan to open one additional day, either Wednesdays or Sundays.

Parties being booked

Patrons need to be 21 years or older. Payment is by cash or credit card.

The club is booking holiday and other parties.

The website is still being updated. To reserve a VIP area or learn more, visit www.offthehookah.com or call 566-2666.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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