Fusion has become one of the most beloved hookah lounges in the state thanks to its array of creative flavors. Never complacent, it’s always thinking up new ways to celebrate the changing seasons and holidays. On any given visit, you can smoke bold flavors ranging from pumpkin pie to Skittles to its custom Wild Fusion. DJs spin music Friday and Saturday nights, while every Thursday is Latin Night, featuring the sounds of salsa, merengue and reggaeton.
Euphoria began as a cigar and coffee bar in 2007, but shortly thereafter replaced coffee with shisha. The switch has proved successful thanks to top brands like Starbuzz and Nahklah along with dozens of flavors. Its recently remodeled lounge is clean and pleasant and you don’t have to wait until the evening to enjoy it – the hours are unusually generous, opening at 9 a.m. every day and closing at 3 a.m. on the weekends. Don’t leave before browsing Euphoria’s store, which stocks a wide assortment of colorful hookahs.
West Hartford’s 1001 Arabian Nights creates a realistic Lebanese environment right in New England. Visitors are welcomed with Middle Eastern music and the top shisha brands and flavors that can be enjoyed separately or mixed (try Lemon Mint Orange or Mango Guava). The owner of 1001 Arabian Nights has just added another dimension to his lounge with the opening of Sherazad’s Cafe and Grill. The adjoining Lebanese restaurant prepares tasty kabobs with homemade hummus, falafel platters and fruit smoothies, which you can order while smoking.
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The bright neon sign in the window beckons New Haven’s hookah enthusiasts to La Sheesh Lounge. Inside it offers a variety of vibrant fruit-flavored shisha. La Sheesh always throws great parties with music provided by DJs, and even the occasional belly dancing show (you can also rent it for your own celebration). The lounge, located near Yale University, gives students discounts on College Night Thursdays and Back To School Sundays.
The Shish Kebab House has been a popular West Hartford Center restaurant for several years thanks to its spicy and savory Afghan dishes. It has also become a top destination because of its second-floor hookah lounge and shop. The draw is the top-notch Al Faker shisha from Dubai, available in nearly 20 flavors including pomegranate, jasmine and bubblegum. It makes for a sensory experience every bit as rich as one of its lamb kabobs.
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