A night out on the town doesn’t always have to include cocktails—and a subsequent hangover—thanks to the eclectic mix of hookah bars found right here in Charm City. Hookah bars and lounges offer a hip alternative to the boisterous club scene with relaxing atmospheres and flavorful shisha.

Zeeba Lounge
916 Light St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 539-7900

Zeeba Lounge doesn’t cut corners when it comes to authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Middle Eastern-inspired entertainment and, of course, quality hookah. Unlike many other hookah bars that offer a sparse selection of snacks, Zeeba offers a full menu with an array of Mediterranean dishes (we recommend the hummus and spanakopites), desserts and nonalcoholic beverages. Interested in a cocktail with your hookah? No problem. Zeeba Lounge is a BYOB establishment, with a corkage fee that is assessed for every bottle of wine, spirit or beer opened. Be sure to stop in on Friday or Saturday night at 10 p.m. for live belly dancing performances.

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Little Morocco Café
3314 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21224
(410) 675-8400

You wouldn’t normally associate warm, family atmosphere with a hookah lounge, but Little Morocco manages to pull it off—and very well, we might add. The Mediterranean dishes—an eclectic selection ranging from  lamb kebob sandwiches to baklava—are always freshly made and delicious, with prices that rarely go above $6. The hookah is smooth and flavorful, and the relaxed amity of the staff goes well with the warm atmosphere.

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Ice Hookah Lounge
508 York Road
Towson, Md. 21204
(888) 9-Hookah or (888) 946-6524

Ice is an appropriate name for this hookah lounge, being that the atmosphere inside is beyond cool. Situated between Towson’s uptown strip of college bars and local hangouts, Ice makes for a hip and unique detour from a standard Friday night. Bathed in dark blue light and juxtaposed with comfy couches and love seats—making full use of the term lounge—patrons can select from an array of shisha, including specialty “interfusions,” which mix shisha in a bowl with fruit juice or soda at the base. Customers also have a choice of smoking from a standard rotating single hose hookah for no charge, a rotating double for $1 per person, or—for a group night out—a 35” quadruple hose hookah for $1.50 per person.

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Habibah Café
5305 East Drive
Arbutus, Md. 21227
(410) 710-7437

Whether you want to enjoy some quality shisha, tie on a few beers (the venue does not serve alcohol but is BYOB) or even shoot some pool, Habibah Café has you covered for some fun and relaxation. The expansive café has a vibrant Turkish décor partnered with a breezy atmosphere perfect for de-stressing. The venue also offers free WiFi, perfect for those coming in early to surf the net with a cup of coffee.

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Towson Nights
20 Allegheny Ave.
Towson, Md. 21204
(410) 828-5545

Located minutes from Goucher College, Towson University and Loyola, this hookah lounge operates as a placid hangout during the day and then metamorphoses into a bumping club at night. Coffee and free WiFi alongside delicious light fare and shisha that patrons can “actually taste” make for a perfect breather after a strenuous day of classes. Conversely, dancing and live DJs spinning music styles ranging from Reggae to Top 40 (along with a $5 alcohol or bottle cover) make this hookah bar a great place to let loose and have fun on a Saturday night.

Tracy Dye has always had an affinity toward writing and the arts. A fan of exploring all the hidden gems in Baltimore outside of her work and studies, Tracy is thrilled for the opportunity to bring residents all the latest on nightlife and music in the area. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.