Best Hookah Bars In Charlotte

Best Hookah Bars In Charlotte
Hookah bars have grown in popularity in the United States. This is particularly true for young people who have reached smoking age and want to enjoy an experience with friends. This is by no means a new thing, however, as this practice dates back several thousand years, with Indian and Middle Eastern roots. A hookah with a single hose is for use by one person, while multi-hosed hookahs are for group smoking and relaxation. Despite public smoking bans on tobacco products, hookah bars established exclusively for smoking are exempt. Note that this type of entertainment is for adults only. Minimum ages for hookah customers, usually 18 and older, are listed on each establishment’s website. The list below covers hookah bars in several sections of Charlotte.
Babylon Lounge
3061 N. Sharon Amity Road
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 817-8507

Babylon Lounge boasts 50 hookah flavors from Pineapple Express to Dragon Smoke, and can improvise for an additional fee of $1 per extra flavor. If planning a private party, a lounge with one or more hookahs can be reserved, with access to the pool table if you like. Other enjoyment options include a live disc jockey, belly dancing or karaoke. Whether a wedding, birthday or other special occasion, Babylon promises to make it a special memory.

Crave Dessert Bar
500 W. 5th St., Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 335-0588

Fruity hookah flavors are offered by Crave. This bar welcomes you to treat yourself to temptations, as long as they include food, drink and hookah. The dessert bar could make you forget about any resolutions to cut out sweets. The bar also offers a huge variety of cocktails. The decor includes a gallery of artwork by local artists, available for sale. Cravings are indulged until 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and reservations are highly recommended.

Istanbul Hookah Lounge
138 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-5175

Located Uptown in Latta Arcade, the Istanbul Hookah Lounge offers more than 50 regular and premium “shisha” or hookah blends. If the listed menu is not enough, suggest your own blend and Istanbul Hookah can accommodate you. Daily hookah happy hour is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Feed your appetite with Turkish offerings including hummus, falafel, kebabs and baklava. Standard American fare – wings, fries and jalapeno poppers – are also on the menu. The renovated bar, outdoor seating and great customer service are more reasons to visit.

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Red @ 28th
2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112A
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 377-8989

Self proclaimed as “Charlotte’s first multicultural literary lounge,” Red @ 28th offers more than books. An offshoot of the former RealEyes Bookstore, patrons can visit to browse some 5,000 used books and to enjoy the bar and hookah lounge. Membership is required of all customers at a cost of $1. Daily hookah specials from a collection of 30 are offered. Traditional flavors served before 8 p.m. cost $10. Enjoy the free WiFi, outdoor ambiance as weather permits and board games. Seniors only pay a half dollar for cocoa, coffee or tea. Red @ 28th has a van for driving customers from area hotels or back home.

‘Stache House Bar and Lounge
1520 South Blvd., Suite 120
Charlotte, NC 28203
(980) 335-0530

The art and culture of the masculine mustache is the theme of ‘Stache House Bar and Lounge. Speakeasies from the Victorian era inspired the theme, but customers can enjoy 21st century dance music. Bar concoctions include something for every taste, from craft brews to wines with cocktails a specialty. You have a choice of fruit and mint-flavored hookah. Blends and house specialties are available. Original flavors suggested by customers are no problem.

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