As hookah spots pop up in every major city in the United States, trendy Minnesotans may be interested in trying out one out. Hookah lounges, also known as shisha bars or dens, are based on Middle Eastern custom and tradition, but also serve as multicultural social hubs. Different flavored tobaccos or shisha are smoked from a hookah, or water pipe, and in some instances, food and beverages are also available in a bistro or nightclub type setting. Here is a quick look at some of the best hookah bars in Minnesota.
Yafa Grille & Pizzeria
4110 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55421
As one of the most popular hookah lounges in the Twin Cities, Yafa Grille & Pizzeria is known for providing a well rounded Middle Eastern hookah experience. The hookah menu includes various types of shisha, from house specials such as the Tornado and Grape Mint to Pharaoh and fruity flavors like Extreme Strawberry and Raspberry Passion. In addition to the hookah lounge, the Yafa Grille also provides a full beverage, pizzeria, hummus and appetizer and dinner menu. If you are interested in dining along with relaxing at the hookah bar, you may want to try out one of the combos, which include food and hookah for some extra savings. Grab the summer special––a shisha, sandwich and shake for just $14.99.
The Hookah Hideout
49 Little Canada Road E.
Little Canada, MN 55117
The Hookah Hideout is family owned and focuses on the comfort of a hookah lounge with high quality shisha that lasts from one and half to two hours. There is also a huge variety of fruit flavored Romman and StarBuzz shisha, as well as coffee, juice, bottled water and snacks. The Hookah Hideout also provides board games and free WiFi, so there’s plenty to do while you enjoy the ambiance and relax on one of the comfy couches.
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322 1st Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Elixir Lounge is considered one of the hottest nightclubs in Minneapolis, boasting two of the best DJs in the Twin Cities, DJ Ron Ron and DJ Fabiolous. Located downtown in the Warehouse District, this club features VIP bottle service as well as an outdoor hookah lounge. Guests especially enjoy being able to grab a hookah and a drink from the bar and catching a breath of fresh air on the outdoor patio. The hookah area provides various flavors, including grape, watermelon, lemon and Elixir’s very own special blend. There’s even a hookah expert, Alex, who attends to coals and makes sure the hookah is used properly. This hookah lounge stands out because of the specially designed hookahs, which are made for each flavor, thus preventing the mixture of different tobaccos. Elixir Lounge provides multiple disposable tips for free and custom hoses for VIP regulars.
Hookah Kingdom Café
4919 Central Ave. NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55433
Comfortable seating, three flat screen TVs and free WiFi make Hookah Kingdom a popular hangout for shisha fans and those looking for a place to kick back and relax. There are more than 40 flavors of shisha here, ranging from the standard apple and cherry to not-so-standard flavors like Cocktail and Red Bull for those looking for something different to smoke. Bring your laptop and sip on tea or grab some friends to join you in fun, laid back conversation.
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Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill and Lounge
1960 Rahncliff Court
Eagan, MN 55122
(651) 452- 0999
Ansari’s is extremely popular in the Twin Cities and well known for more than 30 years for its Mediterranean cuisine, catering and party and event planning. In addition to bar happy hours, belly dancing shows and music, Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill and Lounge specializes in shish kabob, hummus, gyros, falafel and anything Mediterranean you might crave, including shisha. The outdoor hookah patio provides a comfortable environment for relaxing and trying out different shisha flavors, making Ansari’s one of the few spots in Minnesota where you can grab hummus, belly dancing and shisha all in one place.
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