Hookah pipes are one of the only sources for flavored smoke, aside from genie lamps and burning fields of cotton candy. Exhale billows of sweetness with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
$32 for a hookah experience for two (up to an $80 value)
- Two five-wine flights (a $20 value each), with a brief lesson on each wine
- Two tapas (up to a $10 value each), with choices including stuffed grape leaves and a French cheese platter
- Session with one Al Fahker hookah (a $20 value), with flavors including coconut, coffee, and a house blend of cinnamon and spearmint<p>
$55 for a hookah experience for four (up to a $160 value) * Four five-wine flights (a $20 value each) * Four tapas (up to a $10 value each) * Session with two Al Fahker hookahs (a $60 value)<p>
$72 for a hookah experience for six (up to a $240 value) * Six five-wine flights (a $20 value each) * Six tapas (up to a $10 value each) * Session with three Al Fahker hookahs (an $80 value)<p>
The hookah's natural habitat is not a nightclub with crashing music and empty drinks slamming against tables. The hookah experience, according to Kimm Smith of Hookah House, should be unrushed and mellow. "It's very meditative," she says, "and should be shared with people you care about." This was the atmosphere in which co-owner Zo spent his childhood in Algeria, where people would spend long hours gathering with friends and families in hookah lounges. He and his Bostonian wife, Michelle, wanted to bring that aspect of Algerian culture to the United States, both to spread a feeling of community and as an homage to the marriage of their distinct backgrounds.
As the fruit-tinged smoke of shisha rises from between murmuring visitors, it passes rich fabrics, which drape the exposed-brick walls, and bright lanterns dangling from a marigold ceiling. Stories seem to overflow from the furniture and textiles, gathered during the couple’s travels in Algeria or preserved from Zo's former life as a sommelier in Paris. This is where patrons linger, resting shoeless feet on bright cushions and pillows as they converse or check email on the free wireless internet. Atop inlaid tables, servers place Turkish coffee, house blends of Moroccan tea, and small plates of Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
On some weekend evenings, live jazz stirs guests to twist among tendrils of smoke before a DJ steps up to spin a range of music, from Earth, Wind & Fire to Jimi Hendrix. Belly dancers, with bells and scarves for all to borrow, demonstrate to patrons how to pass lie-detector tests with just their hips. A psychic-in-residence reads coffee grounds most nights, translating the earthy onyx shapes into predictions about the drinker's future.