Although there is no shortage of awesome things to do in Los Angeles one of the most hip scenes these days are the LA Hookah Lounges. If you’re someone who likes to indulge in this Middle Eastern pipe smoking tradition then the LA nightlife is teeming with several great venues to choose from.
We have scoured the LA hookah scene to bring you our list of the top ten hookah lounges in LA. From classy lounges and intimate bars, to low-key joints, we’ll help you find the perfect place for you to puff, puff, pass.
1) Mojo Hookah Lounge
This first hookah lounge is romantic and classy, and yet it is a great place to chill out. Mojo Hookah Lounge is dedicated to quality and to bringing the finest hookah experience there is. While they don’t serve alcohol, this is the place to go if you’re something of a hookah connoisseur. Of their many high quality hookah’s, Mojo Hookah Lounge boasts a Wookah (wooden hookah) handmade from Belgium.
2) Ali Mama Café
On the subject of no-frills hookah lounges, these guys do it best. Located in Echo Park, this place caters an original Middle Eastern hookah vibe where customers come to play cards, drink coffee and smoke hookah. While the front might look a bit scruffy, the back of the café has a low-lit intimate backroom that will hit the right spot for you hookah connoisseurs.
3) Blue Moon Hookah Lounge
Another place that strives to give customers a one-of-a-kind hookah experience, Blue-Moon hookah Lounge is really big in LA nightlife. This place is nice a casual and is a great place for groups, as it tends to get quite loud at night. With live DJ sets many nights of the week, over 50 different hookah flavors to choose from, and Happy Hour specials to keep the night going, this place is like none other.
4) Glass Hookah Lounge
This is a locally, family and women owned and operated hookah lounge located on Melrose Ave. Glass Hookah Lounge is chic and upscale, showing off their classiness with their cone-shaped glass hookahs propped on tiny tripods with slender stainless steel pipes. Their truly fresh and innovative atmosphere, hookah experience and diverse organic cuisine all come together to create yet another one-of-a-kind LA hookah experience.
5) Star Hookah Lounge
While this place in Hollywood also boasts its glass hookah option the vibe is completely different. Star Hookah Lounge is a casual and spacious hookah lounge with a full bar and live DJ. The place is casual and tends to get loud as it is a great place for groups to smoke, drink and dance. They specialize in their own house mix blends and boast over 200 different hookah flavors. For all you party goers, this place is surely worth a try.
On the outside, this place is a Lebanese restaurant, but once you walk in you’ll realize that it’s basically a hookah hideout. The place is almost always packed with people and filled with thick smoke. Amidst all the large groups enjoying the amazing shawarma platters, old customers come in with their laptops or notebooks and smoke a hookah alone while working. If that isn’t a sign of reliability, great customer service and immersive atmosphere, nothing is!
7) Boba Bear
Located in a neighborhood that appears to never sleep, Boba Bear is an innovative take on what a hookah experience can be. The place is casual and good for groups but not somewhere you go party. At Boba Bear you can order from a selection of Boba teas, juices and smoothies while enjoying your choice of hookah. This small place is laid back and entertaining and while it isn’t a traditional hookah lounge it is a big part of the LA Hookah scene.
8) Hookah Place
There is no shortage of innovative approaches to hookah in LA and this is one them. Hookah Place not only prides itself on being a contemporary hookah lounge but also a smoke and tobacco shop. The place is casual and trendy and has a very original hipster atmosphere. You can smoke, watch T.V, play video games and board games, enjoy Happy Hour specials, and even bring your dog.
9) Blow Hookah Bar
Located in the heart of Culver City this is an ultra-modern, upscale and sexy hookah lounge you don’t want to miss out on. Their hookah menu is well thought out and offers all kinds of different brands and flavors to choose from. The staff also explain the elements of each flavor very well. They also have outdoor seating and happy hour specials. Check this place out for a super chill night of hookahs smoking.
10) Habibi Café
There’s many things regulars of Habibi café come there for. The lemon chicken, the DJ spinning Arabic music or the apple-top hookah bowl. This place is bustling with multicultural energy, partly due to its close proximity from UCLA. Habibi Café is popular among young people, including students and the Westwood community. On some days, it is not uncommon to see a celebrity there.
It’s Puff, Puff, Pass Time!
Living in LA, you can always expect to find new and exciting ventures. The LA hookah scene is diverse and caters to all kinds of hookah enthusiasts. We are sure our list will help you find the right hookah lounge for you!