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Originating in India and Persia, hookah is an instrument used for smoking flavored tobacco. It is also known as a water pipe, as the smoke passes through water before being inhaled. Although most popular around its native regions in locations like the Middle East, hookah is catching on all around the world, including Connecticut. Whether you are new to hookah or an experienced water pipe smoker, there are numerous bars around Connecticut featuring this flavorful smoking experience.

1001 Arabian Nights Hookah Lounge
134 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119
(860) 523-7900With an authentic Middle Eastern feel, 1001 Arabian Nights Hookah Lounge offers patrons a relaxing and calm atmosphere to try a variety of flavored tobaccos. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own food and drink, as the hookah is served only with water. 1001 prides themselves on a comfortable environment, and the lounge provides just that. Patrons can relax on sofas or cushioned floor, and decor makes you feel like you’re halfway around the world. Service is attentive and friendly, and staff is knowledgeable. If you are looking to try hookah for the first time, or just try some great flavors in a new environment, this is the place to go.

140 Orange St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 624-0589
www.mediterraneanewhaven.comOffering fresh Mediterranean foods including falafels, kebabs, lamb, shawerma and even some classic Italian dishes, Mediterranea is more than just a hookah bar. This is the perfect place to smoke the hookah while also tasting some great Middle Eastern food or noshing on a delicious pizza. The service here is friendly and there are plenty of hookah pipes available to patrons. Enjoy the best of both worlds, with traditional restaurant seating in the front and cushion seating with low tables in the back.

Sky Hookah Lounge
689 Kings Highway E.
Fairfield, CT 06825
(203) 414-7047
www.facebook.com/skyhookahTry any and every exotic hookah flavor you could imagine in the cozy, intimate setting of Sky Hookah Lounge. The space is comfortable and has a sexy ambiance, thanks to the talented belly dancers who entertain patrons as they smoke the night away. Sky accepts reservations, but also welcomes walk-ins. The lounge features outdoor seating and live DJs as well. The bar’s VIP room makes this a great spot for a party or get together with your favorite group. Whether you’re looking for live entertainment, a relaxing smoking experience, or both, Sky is worth a try.

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Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan
36 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 231-8400
www.afghancuisine.netThis place has been well-decorated with awards for its outstanding kebabs and traditional Afghan cuisine. Beyond the perfect dining experience, Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan also offers patrons a truly unforgettable hookah experience. In a cozy room with comfortable pillows and furnishings, patrons can experience the smooth smoke and mix their favorite flavors. A bit pricey, Shish Kebab is worth it. In the heart of West Hartford Center, the Shish Kebab House has it all: a beautiful dining room and bar with unique ambiance, and a room of relaxation and retreat with the hookah. If you want a full evening treat, look no further than Shish Kebab House of Afghanistan.

It is easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of suburban living and get comfortable in our familiar surroundings. But you don’t need to travel far or cross any oceans to experience new cultures and a sweet escape. Connecticut’s many hookah bars offer residents variety: traditional hookah bars give patrons a sense of culture and ambiance, belly-dancers bring live entertainment to guests, college bars boast DJs with the added bonus of the hookah, and full-service restaurants offer fine food, drink, and the ultimate smoking experience. There is a hookah bar for everyone, whatever your preference may be. The next time you’re in need of some serious R and R, consider inhaling the sweet flavors of lands far away.Related: Best Sports Bars In Connecticut

Nicole DiCicco is multimedia specialist in Connecticut who enjoys dancing, movies and live music. She writes about all the nightlife Connecticut has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.