The ultimate hookah bar guide for Miami and South Florida
You don't need to fall down the rabbit hole to smoke a hookah. If only Alice had known about these joints.
Friday nights Alexis Newell heads to Miami Beach, where she plops down on cushioned outdoor seats on Lincoln Road and orders a beer and a hookah. She goes to D'Vine, one of more than a dozen hookah lounges that have popped up in South Florida in recent years in hip spots such as South Beach and suburban neighborhoods including Plantation and Kendall.
While hookahs vary in size and extravagance, they're generally set up the same way, with a glass, water-filled base connected to a upright pipe topped with a bowl. The bowl holds the maassel, tobacco soaked in a mix of molasses, semidried fruit and honey with the occasional artificial flavoring. On top of it, separated by a thin sheet of aluminum foil peppered with tiny holes, is a lump of hot coal. A flexible tube connects to the water bowl, from which the user sucks in smoke that is cooled by the liquid, producing a smooth taste that doesn't feel as rough as that of a cigarette.
In South Florida, hookahs can be found in restaurants, cafés and lounges. They include the cheap and minimal (think $10) to posh D'Vine, where a premium hookah can set an aficionado back up to $45.
Most places, such as Oasis Café in Coconut Grove, fall in the middle. An Internet café, coffee shop and hookah lounge at once, it's been open four years and charges $21 per single-hosed pipe with tobacco and offers flavors including strawberry, cherry, melon and double apple -- that's mixed red and green apples, one of the most popular -- plus dozens of others.
Here's a handful of places you can hit the hookah:
D'Vine Hookah Lounge, 445 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-534-1414. Hookahs are $18-$45. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Layali Miami, 11402 NW 41st St., Doral; 305-403-0188. Hookahs are $15. Open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., to midnight on weekends.
Marhaba Mediterranean Cuisine, 5701 Sunset Dr., South Miami; 305-740-5880. Hookahs are $20. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to midnight Fri.-Sat.,
11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Oasis Café, 2977 McFarlane Rd., Coconut Grove; 305-446-6565. Hookahs are $15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or $21-$26 after 6 p.m.. Open 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Mon.-Wed., 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thurs.-Sat., 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sun.
Cleo at The Redbury South Beach, 1776 Collins Ave., Miami Beach; 305-534-2536. Hookahs range from $35-$60 and are available Wed-Sat from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Sawa at the Shops at Merrick Park, 360 San Lorenzo Ave #1500, Coral Gables; 305-447-6555. Hookahs start at $22.99, open Mon-Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri-Sat noon - midnight, Sun 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Empire Lounge & Pizzeria, 5920 S. Dixie Hwy., Miami; 305-662-1331. Hookahs are $15. Open Mon.-Fri. 11:30 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sat. noon - 2 a.m., Sun. 5 p.m. - 2 a.m.
El Patio, 167 NW 23rd St, Miami; 786-409-2241. Hookahs are $25. Open Mon. from 6 p.m. - 3 a.m., Tues-Fri from 4 p.m. - 3 a.m., Sat. from 2 p.m. - 3 a.m., Sun. from 1 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Shots, 311 NW 23rd St, Miami; 305-571-0439. Vape hookahs only. Pricing varies. Open Wed, Thurs, Sat 7 p.m. - 3 a.m., Fri. 5 p.m. - 3 a.m.
Sfizio, 941 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-604-1268. Hookahs about $15. Open Mon & Wed 5 p.m. - midnight, Thurs - Sun 3 p.m. - midnight. Closed Tuesday.
Vodoo Rooftop Lounge & Hookah, 928 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach; 773-593-4616. Prices vary. Open every day 10 a.m. - 5 a.m.
Roll It & Smoke It: The Hidden Basement, 48 E. Flagler St #3, Miami; 786-502-3502 Bring your own liquor for $5. Hookah prices vary. Open every day 10 a.m. - 5 a.m.
Arabica Cafe, 9054 W. State Rd. 84, Davie; 954-900-2067. Hookah is $20 for unlimited refills. Open Mon-Thurs from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m., Fri-Sat 7 p.m. - 4 a.m., Sun 7 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cigar Bar at The Shops At Pembroke Gardens, 209 SW 145th Ter., Pembroke Pines; 954-430-6000. Hookah is $25. Open every day from noon - 4 a.m.
Hookah Time, 4278 S. University Dr., Davie; 954-533-7392. Hookah is $15 - $20. Open Mon-Thurs 7 p.m. - 2 a.m., Fri-Sat 7 p.m. - 3 a.m., Sun 7 p.m. - midnight.
A La Turca, 2027 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-925-5900. Hookahs are $15. Open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sun.-Thurs. and 11 a.m. to midnight Fri.-Sat.
Exotic Bites, 1848 Harrison St., Hollywood; 954-921-6667. Hookahs are $15. Open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mon.-Fri. and until 4 a.m. on weekends.
Posh, 110 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale; 954-763-3553. Open 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sun.-Thurs., 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. Fri., 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Sat.
Got your own favorite place to smoke a hookah? Let us know in the comments below!
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