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A popular alternative to the typical coffee house or bar hangouts, hookah bars offer a relaxing spot to chill with friends and enjoy an evening out. Grab a few friends for an intimate evening kicking back, listening to music and smoking a flavored blend of tobacco. Finding a quality lounge can prove challenging for Bay Area residents and visitors. Make the night’s plans a breeze with this list of five of the best hookah bars in the Bay Area.
Recently relocated across El Camino, Cloudz Hookah Lounge now has indoor seating to keep guests warm and cozy while they enjoy a hookah. Patrons of Cloudz rave about the lounge’s quality shisha, clean-tasting coals and long-lasting burn. There is a maximum of two smokers per hookah, and refills are discounted. Come to Cloudz and enjoy friendly service, a chill vibe and a wide variety of flavors.
Located in Hayward, Shisha Nights Hookah Lounge is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to midnight. Patrons have the opportunity to enjoy a variety of entertainment while they smoke, including pumping live DJ music and belly-dancing. Well known for excellent customer service, Shisha Nights also carries a selection of hookah supplies and accessories. For those looking for an extended experience, the lounge is bookable for birthday parties.
For those looking to spend a relaxing evening on the outskirts of the Bay Area, head out to Vacaville for a visit to The Cloud Factory. This high-end hookah lounge offers both indoor as well as outdoor seating and a variety of flavors ranging from vanilla and melon to strawberry chocolate cake and pina colada. Patrons frequently request ice tips for a smoother smoking experience. Check out happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to score $12 premium hookahs. The Cloud Factory also caters outside events and is available for in-house private events.
Formerly the Piano Fuerte Cigar Bar and Hookah Lounge, Vacaville’s Corona Club remains a hybrid cigar and hookah lounge. The club is open at 9 a.m. every day for those looking for a more daytime hookah experience. For patrons over 21, there are 25 varieties of shisha available. To top off a relaxing experience, make sure to order one of 25 beers on tap.
With plenty of seating, the non-pretentious Hookah Palace is located halfway between Concord and Walnut Creek. With private parking and a relaxing atmosphere, the newly opened lounge holds a generous happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with $10 hookahs. Employees are happy to accommodate hookah newbies with recommendations on everything from shisha flavors to ice tips. Drawing a crowd seven days a week, the Hookah Palace is a chill spot to kick back with friends and watch a game on one of lounge’s many TVs.