These spots will hook you up with hookah

Mal Hartigan

Hookah Haven: 3631 Broadway

This new hookah lounge entices customers with a clean, distinguished interior and friendly staff. Hookah Haven’s interior is predominantly red, and includes attractive decorations, such as genie lamps that sit on the bar.

Customers can sit in booths sectioned off by bamboo-esque panels that create a private and exclusive smoking experience.

The staff is knowledgeable about the wide variety of shisha options offered by the lounge and recommends different shisha combinations that pleasantly complement one another.

Prices for hookah range from $10 to $30, depending on whether customers mix several varieties of shisha together.

Hookah Haven advertises live DJs who spin mixes of international electronic music, and also offers coffee and tea.

Hookah Haven runs various daily specials 5-9 p.m.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

Friday – Sunday: 5 p.m. – 3:30 a.m.

For more information, call the lounge at (816) 756-5470.

Ali Baba Hookah: 3421 Broadway

Ali Baba’s interior is clean, but the strange chrome paneling throughout the lounge and neutral-colored seating makes for a moderately aesthetic appeal. The venue serves tea and other beverages to complement a customer’s smoking experience. Shisha and beverages are decently priced, but are not notably cheaper than other nearby hookah lounges.

The staff can be slow when serving beverages or setting up a customer’s hookah, which provides a mediocre experience.

Ali Baba offers the usual shisha options, such as watermelon, apple and rose. The lounge is not notably superior to its other nearby competitors. Online reviews suggest employees are impatient and may prompt customers to leave before the specified closing hours.

Hours: Monday – Friday 1 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Saturday 2 p.m.- 3 a.m.

Sunday 3 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Jerusalem Café and Hookah Bar: 431 Westport Road

Jerusalem Café has remained one of Kansas City’s most popular hookah lounges for the past 20 years, and strives to “offer a unique, relaxed environment” for hookah smokers, according to its website.

Jerusalem Café has a large variety of shisha, which is available to smoke at the café and for purchase if a customer personally owns a hookah.

Upon entrance, customers are introduced to the café’s casual atmosphere and interior. Located on the first floor, the restaurant features booths and tables where customers can eat authentic Mediterranean cuisine. The menu includes items such as lentil soup, gyros, hummus and falafel.

Jerusalem Café’s hookah bar is located on the second floor. Customers must climb a daunting set of stairs to reach the upper-level hookah bar. Along with a dimly-lit room, the hookah bar has a back deck if fresh air is preferred with the experience.

The staff is always friendly, and will help new customers select which shisha options to smoke.

Hours: Monday – Thursday: 6 – 11:30 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Sinbad’s Café and Hookah Lounge: 3929 Broadway

Sinbad’s always has friendly and welcoming employees who happily suggest which shisha flavors to mix or which beverages to try.

Employees often perform electronic music numbers on a keyboard and microphone during the weekends, and allow interested customers to occasionally perform their own music. Sinbad’s notorious employee, Sami, often  entertains late-night customers with impressive songs on the keyboard.

Sinbad’s shisha is reasonably priced, but only two customers can smoke from one hookah. Two customers can smoke for an average combined total of $12-$18.

The interior is casual but clean, and customers can sit in booths or chairs.

Sinbad’s is ranked as one of Kansas City’s best hookah bars because of its friendly service. Employees know many customers on a first-name basis, and strive to become acquaintances with regular customers.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Friday – Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

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