In recent years hookahs have grown in popularity. Lounges have sprouted up in many U.S. cities, and Houston is no different. The city has several bars and lounges offering a myriad of smoking experiences. The shisha smoked in hookahs is a tobacco product so you must be 18 to legally partake in this hobby. Additionally, many establishments wish to serve alcohol with their hookahs, so a 21-and-over age restriction may be enforced.
In the past several years, over 400 new hookah bars have opened in the United States. Despite public smoking bans, hookah bars or lounges, also known as shisha cafes, are permitted to operate in most U.S. cities by obtaining a special license. Hookah lounges are places where visitors can enjoy music and Middle Eastern cuisine, while smoking a hookah pipe. Particularly popular in college towns, most hookah bars do not serve alcohol. Finding a hookah bar in your area is fairly simple.