Smoking a hookah, like stuffing your work clothes with packing peanuts or napping at the bottom of a busy public pool, is a relatively easy way to unwind. Relax without changing into swimwear with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of sandwiches, coffee, smoothies, and hookah at Café Nura in Webster Groves.
A cozy haven for chatty knitters and caffeine sippers, Café Nura is an ideally casual place for enjoying locally roasted Mississippi Mud java, smoothies and sandwiches, and scones in a rainbow of flavors, such as blueberry, cranberry, and snozzberry. Visitors are also welcome to share a hookah with a friend and blow variously flavored, multi-hued smoke rings. Hookah varieties such as earl grey, mint grape, and strawberry margarita transform tobacco into palate-pleasing snack fog ($11.95 for two coals). The hookah’s tobacco-cooling water pipe provides a safer alternative to cigarettes and cigars, which can only be lit with a flame thrower or exploding exhaust pipe. Real fruit smoothies ($5 each) or the brie, spinach, and apple-butter old orchard sandwich ($4) provide liquid and solid complements to relaxingly gaseous meals. Two hookah coals last around 45 minutes, which is the perfect amount of time to take in a poetry reading, live music performance, or the improbably harmonized snores of patrons with dangerously high caffeine tolerances.