Arabic entrepreneur Ayman Jarra transformed a nondescript office space into side-by-side clubs. Hookah is his interpretation of the Egyptian sheesha, while Oxygen is a cozy space with blue and pink neon cannulas (oxygen tubes). The former features 40 hookahs, an antique Maynard piano and big-screen TV. The latter features wall topiaries, abstract paintings and trance music to complement eight aroma-infuser stations ($10 for a 25-minute session).
A hookah is packed with tobacco and a fruit like a lemon is wrapped in foil, then hot coals are placed on top of the lemon. When you inhale, the smoke is pulled through a water chamber connected to a long tube, past the lemon and hot coals and into your lungs ($5.99 for the first fruit, $3 for refills). Oxygen's air is, not surprisingly, mostly oxygen. The other 5-percent is comprised of aromatherapy solutions like Sublime (lime juice concentrate) and Clarity (eucalyptus and ginkgo) which are mixed with the odorless gas to purify and invigorate.