For those not in the know, a hookah is a water pipe that is used to smoke a syrupy flavored tobacco known as shisha. In the Middle East, friends and family gather around the pipe, passing it around while exchanging stories at day’s end. In other words, it’s a social thing. About a decade ago, hookah madness hit the United States and bars popped up everywhere, offering hundreds of different flavors of shisha. Today, the hookah buzz has cooled slightly, but it’s in no danger of disappearing. We’re pretty sure these are best hookah bars in the metroplex.
3707 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75224
(214) 823-8883; for reservations call (972) 639-7209
Once you step through Kismet’s velvet curtains, you’ll think you slipped through a wormhole and popped up in the Mediterranean. Order bottle service and gather with your friends around a hookah, choosing from 14 different flavors like Double Apple and Citrus Mist. Kismet is a high-energy dance bar with a rotating cast of DJs that keeps things lively, making sure the dance floor gets plenty of action. It’s ladies night on Thursday, and the fairer sex gets in free and enjoys free margaritas until 11 p.m. Steak tacos are served all night if you’re hungry or just want to sober up before calling it quits.
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2100 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
Down from Kismet a bit is Kush, another Mediterranean restaurant and hookah bar on Greenville Avenue. The style here is different and more modern, with lots of rich dark hues and bright orange accents. During the day, Kush offers tasty morsels and the homemade hummus is not to be missed. During the evening, it gets a little louder and livelier. There are 16 flavors of shisha to choose from, including local favorites like Potion #9 and Mojito.
Cairo Hookah Lounge
581 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, TX 75080
Egypt has long been thought of as a place of wonder and mystery, and its style has obviously influenced the décor here at Cairo Hookah Lounge. It’s a calming effect, soothing your soul and invigorating your spirit. Share an Egyptian pot pie with your friends or immerse yourself in a plate of beef Schwarma; it’s as good as Robert Downey Jr.’s character in “The Avengers” says it is. Afterwards, choose a flavor of shisha from the lounge’s extensive selection, or mix and match. You can also add modifiers to your pipe, like milk, sugar, or tea and choose a mouthpiece with an ice chamber to keep things super-chill.
Fusion Hookah Lounge & Smoke Shop
2205 W. Berry St.
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Breathe in, breathe out, let it all go; there’s no need to stress over anything if you’re visiting Fusion Hookah Lounge & Smoke Shop. For variety, you won’t find a better selection. There are more than 200 high quality flavors to choose from, including White Peach and Absolute Zero, an icy blend of mint that makes for chillingly cool smoke. There are two rooms to smoke in, but no bar; if you want alcoholic beverages, you’ll have to bring your own. In addition, there’s a smoke shop next door where you’ll find all the accessories for your home smoking needs, dude.
Byblos Mediterranean Lebanese Restaurant and Hookah Lounge
1406 N. Main St.
Fort Worth, TX 76164
If you’re looking for a Middle Eastern experience in Cowtown, look no further than Byblos Mediterranean Lebanese Restaurant and Hookah Lounge. This place knows how to impress. The menu delights with an impressive menu including kibbi, tabulli and homemade baklava, rich with fresh pistachios and soothing rose water. You’ll also find live entertainment including concerts and belly dancers. The hookah lounge is the finest in Fort Worth, and can be rented out for large parties.
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