Hookah bars have been popping up all over the United States for the last decade. While it seems the U.S. may have been a little late to the party as the rest of the world embraced the hookah habit much earlier, there are some top notch lounges making a real name for themselves across some of the U.S.’s premier cities. East coast, west coast, or somewhere in between, here are some of the finest places to share a hookah in the good old U.S.A.
New York is actually known for having some of the best hookah bars in the world, not just the U.S. If you’re looking for a lively night spot, Kazuza might be right up your alley. Friday and Saturday nights have live belly dancing, and Kazuza is known for having great Middle Eastern food and drinks as well. Babel is another amazing world-class hookah bar in New York with a laid back vibe during the week and more lively party vibe on the weekends. If you’re looking for a quiet escape in the city check out Cloister Café, known for its hookahs, excellent coffee, and chocolate mint shisha.
Ali Mama Café, one of the most popular hookah bars in the world, is right at home in LA. During the day, Ali Mama offers an understated and relaxed atmosphere, serving up strong Turkish coffee and providing an outdoor lounge but at night the vibe changes into one of the hottest hookah spots in the hemisphere. Another spot where many LA hookah enthusiasts hang out is the Lebanese restaurant, Almaza. Almaza not only has great hookahs, they’re well-known for having some great shawarma.
There are plenty of other distractions in Vegas, but if you’re looking for a good hookah and a nice meal, it’s certainly worth checking out The Olive Mediterranean Grill. The full bar and live music make this a great spot to visit at night as well.
While there are a few noteworthy hookah bars in Denver, Red Poppy Tea & Hookah Parlour is our top pick for the city. Most hookah lounges are known for serving up a strong cup of coffee, but Red Poppy offers daily organic tea specials and also features some noteworthy art in a relaxed atmosphere that is good for a casual business meeting or day date.
If you’re going to be in the windy city, you should check out Cairo Nights Hookah Lounge. This hookah bar features plenty of luxurious leather couches and a vibrant night life that is perfect for a fun evening out with friends. If you’re looking for somewhere more suitable for a dinner date, then Hubble Hookah has some amazing Middle Eastern cuisine and a superb atmosphere.