Suffering from a hangover or jet lag? A concept that is trending on the east and west coast to help both conditions is now here in Pittsburgh.
Nestled among the South Side neighborhood’s watering holes is Quick Drip IV, a new intravenous hydration therapy lounge.
The spot opened at 1205 East Carson St. on August 2, and is staffed by medical professionals, including six registered nurses who administer treatment bags containing saline and nutrients directly into your bloodstream. The process takes approximately 45 minutes.
Founder and CEO Thembo “Bo” Trasada experienced the rejuvenating effects of hydration therapy two years ago while nursing a hangover in New York City. They’re popular places in other cities such as Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
“I went in there not feeling my best and walked out ready to take on the world,” says Trasada, a North Side resident. “I couldn’t believe how I was feeling … not just on that day, but for days after.”
Quick Drip IV is open Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with appointments available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Upon arrival, clients get a temperature check, fill out intake forms with questions specific to COVID-19 exposure and chat with a nurse who conducts a basic health screening. Walk-ins are welcome, even if the patron was not drinking the night before. There’s an array of Quick Drips on the menu, from a basic treatment that replenishes electrolytes, to antioxidants that fight jet lag to an immunity-boosting blend of vitamins.
While the Quick Drip goes to work, up to three clients — who sit in treatment chairs spaced seven feet apart — can watch 65-inch televisions equipped with multiple streaming services or take advantage of the free WiFi and individual phone-charging stations.
“It feels like you’re in a living room,” Trasada says. “We want you to relax and enjoy yourself.”
If you’re unable to get off your couch, in-home treatment services are available.
Trasada’s first customers were a group of revelers trying to recover from a boozy 30th birthday bash. Parties of five or more people get a 20 percent discount.
While it’s not a definitive hangover cure, Trasada says a Quick Drip can help you fight off nausea, pain and those post-party blues.