Hookah lounges provide new ways to facilitate communal connections as friends share a hookah at the center of the table, sampling flavored tobacco and herbs cooled by the clean water in the hookah. You can bond with your closest friends enjoying a delicious shisha blend as you engage in artful conversation, a challenging game of dominoes or simply deep-seated relaxation. Indoor hookah lounges, deemed tobacco products shops by the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act, are subject only to local regulation. Outdoor hookah is allowed and some local Middle Eastern restaurants provide patios dedicated to sustaining this centuries-old tradition originated in Turkey, India and the Middle East. Find a friend and check out one of these top five hookah bars in Minnesota. You may wish to peruse an earlier article, “Best Hookah Bars In Minnesota.”
Yafa Grille & Pizzeria
4110 Central Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55421
“For the last ten years, Yafa’s hookah lounge has been the very best in quality and cleanliness in the state of Minnesota,” declares owner Fouad. “All of the tobacco selections are natural and the charcoal has no added chemicals.” Two patrons can share one hookah for $11 to $14, depending on the variety of shisha. Next door, the gyros and kabobs are homemade with deli-fresh halal meats. Yafa’s homemade sauces are fresh and uniquely delicious.
4921 Central Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55421
The pleasant Egyptian-themed décor of soft brown hues creates a calming ambiance and signals a friendly environment to anyone who enters. Attentive Pyramids owner, Mohammed, personally welcomes all patrons, offers more than 40 varieties of shisha, sets up the hookahs and is always checking the hot coals and chatting in a super friendly manner. The business is also known as Hookah Kingdom does not have a website but can be contacted by phone after 6 p.m.
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The Hookah Hideout
49 Little Canada Road E.
Little Canada, MN 55117
Taste over 80 flavors of shisha in this luxury lounge. Owner David Nelson is proud of the lounge with “nothing but nice couches, low-lit ambience, music at a low level on the brand new interactive juke box and extensive choice of board games, cards, chess and free Wi-Fi.” There are two private rooms with television and video options. The lounge is open until 1 p.m. weeknights and 2 p.m. weekends. Dave also provides “quite a significant retail space” dedicated to hookah accessories.
Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill and Lounge
1960 Rahncliff Court
Eagan, MN 55122
This popular new restaurant in Eagan is known for gyros and a variety of delicious Middle Eastern and American food and entertainment at its best. Catch the belly dancing indoors. Relax outdoors where up to three people can share shisha at only $17.99. Some serene evenings have seen as many as 100 patrons enjoying this centuries-old tradition on a beautiful outdoor plaza.
Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
12500 Nicollet Ave.
Burnsville, MN 55337
Mediterranean Cruise Café founder, Jamal Ansari, has offered the finest in Mediterranean foods in the southern suburbs for over 35 years. He and his sons now operate the new facility in Burnsville with seating up to 280 and a banquet room for 85 guests. After a delicious meal of the popular Middle Eastern kabobs, gyros or lamb, patrons can enjoy live belly dancing shows Thursday thru Sunday, the hottest salsa night in the metro every Saturday night and hookah on the lovely 25-table patio outdoors. Choose from a couple dozen of the original fruity shisha flavors and share a hookah for three at $20.
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Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.