WORCESTER – The first ever marijuana social club in Worcester will be opening up on Water St. in the city’s Canal District this week.

The Summit Lounge — an upscale, private smoking lounge that will allow the consumption of cannabis — is slated to open on Friday, Feb. 9 at 116 Water St., the former home of Secret Society Tattoo shop.

According to owner and general manager Kyle Moon, 27, of Northbridge, The Summit Lounge will be an exclusive club aimed at business and social leaders in the Worcester community to come share common interests.

Interior of The Summit Lounge/Photo Courtesy of The Summit Lounge

In an interview on Feb. 6, Moon, a Business Administration major at Quinsigamond Community College, said, “It’s a private membership association. It’s really for people that aren’t interested in the bar scene and don’t want to go out to a loud club, but still want to socialize with people. For example, older people that want to go out on a Friday night, but don’t want to be surrounded by the college crowd. It’s an alternative to the typical Worcester nightlife.”

According to Moon, The Summit Lounge is modeled after an upscale yacht club — where it’s private membership-based and a place for people to hang out in a relaxed environment.

“We’re really trying to pride ourselves on being a classy establishment. Our members are allowed to smoke cannabis, but we don’t want it to be a place just to smoke cannabis,” Moon said.

“If our members agree to allow the smoking of cannabis on the premises, it’s legal in Massachusetts and we’re not open to the public. Because we are a private membership association, we’re allowed to smoke cigarettes and cannabis in the privacy of the club,” Moon added.

Interior of the Summit Lounge/Photo Courtesy The Summit Lounge

The Summit will offer a selection of tobacco products to its members, but will not be providing cannabis. Members will have to bring their own into the club.

“We won’t be selling cannabis. We won’t be providing our members with cannabis. If anyone is caught selling cannabis in our club, they will be asked to leave immediately and their membership will be revoked,” Moon said.

The Summit Lounge is a registered 501(c)(7) social and recreational organization. The membership only includes the right of access to the club and will cost $50 per month.

Possession of small quantities of marijuana in Massachusetts is legal, therefore The Summit Lounge is able to allow its private members in to bring their own, according to Moon.

“You’re able to come in and enjoy the atmosphere. We will have different theme nights — local brewery samplings, paint nite, poetry night, live music — that will all be free.  There will be no alcohol on the premise. Due to our members smoking cannabis in there, we decided we don’t want to mix the two,” Moon said.

Moon said the club has a occupancy limit of 80 people and hope to have between 100 to 150 members within its first three months in business.

“We’re membership driven. So the members will decide what kind of events we have there and how we grow our relationships with our businesses,” Moon said. “We want to grow with the community in a positive way.”

Moon said the business neighbors on Water St. — notably Kummerspeck restaurant and Weintraub’s Deli — have been amazing to deal with.

“Everyone’s been wonderful. It’s a great area for our type of crowd. From our point of view, we see our place as somewhere people can take a break from the club scene for a bit, come visit the club and enjoy a joint, and then head back to a bar at Whiskey on Water or somewhere else on the street,” Moon said.

An open house will be held at The Summit on Feb. 17 from 12 PM to 5 PM for people interested in learning more about the club and those looking to apply for a membership.

“It’s a market that is historically looked down upon. We’re trying to help change that image. We’re talking about successful young adults, and successful business leaders that enjoy cannabis. It’s a way for people that don’t have a problem with substances to have a good time on the weekend,” Moon added.

The hours of operation at The Summit Lounge are 5 PM to 10 Monday-Wednesday, 5 PM to 3 PM Thursday, 12 PM to 12 AM Friday, 10 AM to 12 AM Saturday and 12 PM to 7 PM on Sundays.

About Patrick Sargent

Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.

16 Responses to “The First Marijuana Social Club in Worcester – The Summit Lounge – to Open in Canal District This Week”

  1. Lisa

    Thank you for your interest in The Summit Lounge!! go to thesummitprivatelounge.com and fill out the form with your information and we will get back to you and set up an appt! or come on by Friday at noon till midnight and fill out an application, pay your dues and you will be a member!!! that simple!!

  2. Jessica j

    This is absolutely amazing i cant wait to be a member defiantly worth it and an amazing business to boot great thinking!

    • Lisa

      Thank you for your interest in The  Lounge.

      We have two ways of getting you membership information.
      The first way is schedule a tour during our off hours. Going through the membership process which includes filling out your application, doing an interview and paying your dues and then you can become a member of the club.
      The second is,  come in during our normal business hours which start Friday at noon, you will not be able to take a tour but you can do the membership process once that is complete, you will be able to partake in all the benefits offered to the members of the Summit Lounge.
      Looking forward to hearing back from you.
      The Summit Lounge

  3. jenny

    What a fantastic idea! I especially like the fact that you will not be serving booze…for someone who doesn’t drink at all, but enjoys an occasional toke, this is perfect!

    • Lisa

      Thanks Jenny Come by sometime and check us out!
      Were having on open house on the 17th 12 to 5
      Looking forward to hearing from you!

  4. Mo

    Only $50 a month, and I get to smoke my own pot in a room with…tables and chairs!?! Sounds awesome. Hey, I’ll let you guys come smoke me up in my room and only charge $20

  5. John

    This is a great idea. Places like this will start popping up all over, which brings me to make a small correction – this is not the first marijuana social club in Worcester. There has been a members only marijuana lounge open since January 1st called the GREEN LIGHT CAFE on saugus st. I checked it out for a day just to see if it was real…definitely was.

    • James Draper

      Agreed with John, I’ve stopped by the Green Light Cafe over off of Cambridge Street a few times now, they were the truly first pot smoking members only club in the city! (And half the price!)

  6. Lala

    Green light cafe is the first private pot social club. The owner of summit ripped off glc’s business after being denied a partnership with the owner of glc.


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