Barney’s Lounge is a quite a hike from the Amsterdam Central area where most visitors hang out. But Bob the Bud Guy not only knew his stuff, he took great pride in his products and his advice. Fantastic selection, outstanding quality, and great branding – the little stickers have the brand names on them (it’s easy to forget what you bought!).
Very modern layout, vaporizers at every table, flat screen TVs, cool jazz, not crowded at 10 a.m. (duh) when it opened. Two regulars popped in while I was drooling over the bud selection – and they both smiled and said, “definitely try the Laughing Buddha!”
That’s probably why I stocked up on Laughing Buddha, Crimea Blue, Nepali Temple Ball (hash), and Blue Cheese!
At The Bush Doctor, which is close by, I picked up some L.A. Confidential and Chocolope, which were excellent smokes but a different experience. The bud guy and bud girl clearly had a bit too strong of a morning smoke and were having difficulty sorting their merchandise, much less having a coherent conversation or make a recommendation. Prices were a bit more expensive but these strains/brands were the “hot” smokes at the moment. Shop was fairly small and looked a bit dingy. I was very happy with the smokes but wouldn’t necessarily go back there to hang out for smoke.
Hmm … I wonder if Barney’s needs a marketing guy?