The History of Hookah and Hookah Bars
The origin of hookah can be traced back to five centuries in what was then known as the Subcontinent. Right after getting popular in India, hookahs made their way to turkey where the Turkish elite grew very fond of smoking hookahs. Thereon it was taken to many other countries in the middle east which includes Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Considering that the origin of Hookahs is in the middle east, hookah bars are greatly linked to the same region. These establishments became places where customers would socialize, have coffee, and talk about politics and local events over a calming hookah session.
What Does A Hookah Bar Look Like?
In the more cultural places, the lounges tend to appear like their roots more carefully, often managed by people of Arab descent, furnished and embellished with a Middle Eastern or Indian design. At a few bars, nothing is served except hookah. But some multifunctional bars offer snacks, coffee and soft drinks too. A small bar typically does not have a liquor license and therefore they don't serve alcohol. But the large bars which are in very populated areas serve wine, beer and other cocktails. Some hookah bars try to provide a setting like a night club with live bands and DJs while many tend to keep the bar close to the origin of hookah bars with belly dancers performing in the bars.
Some hookah bars are purposely built near university and college campuses to attract the students. The trend has become common as a safer alternative to other kinds of smoking. Also, because college years are generally a time of new experiences, regular social interaction, and building strong connections, the hookah lounge lends itself well to college life. Cities famous for their secondary education institutions, like Washington DC or Raleigh, NYC have noticed a surge in popularity with regards to these lounges.
Let's Talk About a Hookah
Now you must be wondering what a hookah is? What is so special about this device that it has become popular all around the world. Hookah was invented by a Persian physician in the late 1500's. At the time it was invented, it was given the name of "huqqa". The word hookah comes from the same Indian word "huqqa".
The first hookah was made from coconut shells and it was nothing like the hookahs that are produced in the modern day, but the function of that hookah was same of purifying smoke by passing it through water. A simple hookah has the following four components:
1. Bowl - where tobacco is placed.
2. Body - smoke produced from the burning tobacco is passed through the body to reach the water basin.
3. Water Basin - keeps the water, where smoke is passed through to be cooled off and purified. Purified smoke stays in the chamber over the water until it is inhaled through the hose.
4. Hose - once the purified smoke reaches the chamber, the smoker breathes in deeply through the hose connected into the water basin. The hose can be up to several meters long.
The above mechanism provides the smoker soothing and aromatic smoke.
A senior customer of a famous hookah business in turkey said:
"What you put in the hookah matters not, but who is along with you while you are smoking. The idea is enjoy. All kinds of people, old, young and fascinating come to bars such as this one. All what people really need to come to a hookah bar is a heart to socialize, meet and spend some time in the company of close friends."
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