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Vaping with Matt: A Newbie’s Perspective Part 5

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<This is a continuation of “Vaping with Matt: Part 4.”

After vaping for about a month, I found myself flying into Washington, DC for a business trip. Once I got to my hotel room, I remembered reading online about some vaping lounges that had recently opened in the city. I Googled some of them, and found two that looked like good prospects. So, one night I took my smartphone with GPS and headed out.

The first place was called the  “DC Vape Joint.” To be completely honest, I wasn’t all that impressed. This was not really a “lounge” but more of modified drug store with glass cases filled with prepackaged e-juices and vaping pens. While it was nice to see other lines of products, the prices were astronomical compared to what you can get online.

Next, I ventured into “Vape in Paradyse.” This is located in one of the high class suburbs of DC called Falls Church. Now this place was cool, even though it was a bit tough to find. The vaping lounge is located in a loft space directly above a restaurant called “Café Metro.” As soon as I walked in the dimly lit establishment, I was immediately greeted by a young lady wearing a leather bikini. This was not at all what I expected, but I certainly did like the view.

It was 5 pm on a Friday evening, and Vape In Paradyse was right in the middle of its Happy Hour. Not only were they offering $10 specials on their specially concocted e-juice blends, but the scantily clad bikini-girl also informed me that they offered $5 mixed drinks and $2 beers, too. Now this was my kind of lounge. I hadn’t expected alcohol to be served. But now that it was being offered, I agreed to a Heineken before wandering over to the vaping bar to see what they had to offer.

A guy named Cinco greeted me with a big smile and a friendly “What’s up, Dude?” I told him that I was new to vaping, and Cinco was all too anxious to ask me about my favorite blends. Since I had only experimented with three or four flavors up to this point, Cinco was very generous with his samples. I tried a Peach Cobbler mixture, which tasted like real peaches and ice cream. I tried another sample that tasted like butter-topped popcorn from the local movie theatre. But my favorite was probably the coconut-flavored e-juice. It was very sweet, almost like a dessert. And since it was Happy Hour, the price was very affordable. So I bought a bottle for the road.

Vape In Paradyse had lots of comfortable seating. There were your traditional bar tables and stools in some areas and comfy red-leather sofas in others. There was music thumping overhead, but you could still converse with other vapers without having to shout. And the staff was super-friendly. The vibe was chill, and the customers were very outgoing. It was a very easy place to make new friends and learn about vaping. I’ll definitely revisit this place again on my next trip to Washington, DC.

<Stay tuned for weekly updates on Matt’s adventures in vaping>

By Matt Rowland

                                                

                                                    Courtesy of Vape in Paradyse, Washington, DC

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