The list is a sight less metaphysical than Reshammiya’s immortal anthem about how your love is his drug.

Adda By Striker

Comfortable and engaging interiors, a sweet outdoor space and tons of good food {try the Butter Chicken Noodles} make Adda by Striker a great spot to hang out with friends. They have all the classic hookah flavours as well, including the likes of kiwi and paan.

Where: N-4, N Block Market, Greater Kailash 1

Nearest Metro Station: Kailash Colony

Price: Starts INR 495 {plus taxes}

Timings: Noon – 1am

Contact: 011 33107541

Mocha Arthouse

Makers of the average young-adult hookah experience, Mocha brings you the next step in their attempt to revolutionise the way Delhi does hookah. Arthouse offers Mocha’s usual perks, now with a side of art. They’re offering a variety of water, juice and alcohol bases, and their house specials include Marrakesh and Cloud 9.

Where: 167, Ground Floor, DLF Promenade Mall, Vasant Kunj.

Nearest Metro Station: Chattarpur

Price: Starts at INR 1000  {inclusive of taxes}

Timings: 11am – 1am

Contact: +91 7838520699



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Steering slightly from the usual giant TV screen and hookah template, Glued offers up a whole gaming centre {overkill? We think not}. They’re happy to customise flavours for you, so ask them to mix you the most audacious concoction and they’ll be happy to oblige.

Where: Dynamic House, Next to HP Petrol Pump, Sector 41, Noida

Nearest Metro Station: Noida Golf Course Metro Station

Price: Starts INR 420 {inclusive of taxes, extra charge for bases other than water}

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Contact: +91 9540049974

The Flying Saucer Café

They’ve set up indoor and outdoor seating; the ambience is lovely – it’s light and spacious and airy, both inside and out; and they’re serving all your favourite bases and flavours;  regulars swear by their food.

Where: Ground Floor, Epicuria Food Mall, Nehru Place

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place

Price: Starts INR 799 {plus taxes}

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Contact: +91 9560088342

 1 Oak Café and Bar

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Student on a budget? Fear not. 1 Oak has you covered. They’ve got your usual flavours – grape, paan, rose, cigar, mint, but they also do a Cocktail Signature sheesha.

Where: Moolchand Flyover Complex, Defence Colony

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Price : Starts INR 600 {plus taxes}

Timings: 11am – 1am

Contact: 011 33105532

Boombox Café

Boombox’s street culture kitsch and elaborate menu are an excellent accompaniment to their herbal hookah. Flavours include paan, kiwi, Rasna and apple.

Where: 2 & 3, Khan Market; F43, Inner Circle, Connaught Place

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market; Rajiv Chowk

Price: Starts INR 525 {plus taxes}

Timings: 12am – 12pm

Contact: +91 9654056789

Urban Café

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Hookah staple Urban Café features in just about every young adult’s cultural imaginary as a rite of passage. They’ve got all of your favourite flavours – watermelon, paan, kiwi, mint, grape; they usually use water as a base, but you can get them to use beer or milk.

Where: 70, 1st Floor, Khan Market

Nearest Metro Station: Khan Market

Price: Starts INR 650 {including taxes; extra charge for bases other than water}

Timings: 11am – 1am

Contact: +91 9999918034

Out of the Box

Seasoned veterans, OTB has pulled Saturday night crowds with their spectacular terrace for years now. They do only herbal sheesha, and their flavours include paan, Double Apple and kiwi.

Where: 9A, 2nd & 3rd Floor, Hauz Khas Village

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas

Price: Starts INR 845 {plus taxes}

Timings: 12pm – 12.30am

Contact: +91 9650177778

Story – Unfolds

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Story – Unfolds makes its sophomore appearance on our list of Hookah How To’s. This café in The Garden of 5 Senses transforms its usually placid morning façade into a full blown party at night. They’re offering several hookah flavours including kiwi, apple and Paan Ratna, and you can choose from a number of non-alcoholic and alcoholic bases.

Where: S8 & S9, Gate 3, The Garden of Five Senses, Saiyad Ul Ajaib, Saket

Nearest Metro Station: Saket

Price: Starts INR 1000 {inclusive of taxes}

Timings: 6pm – 1am.

Contact: +91 9810631346

Uber Lounge


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GK II’s own Uber Lounge looks pretty slick – long leather couches, dim lighting, and general slick lounge accoutrements. They have about 10 odd flavours for you to sample, including mint, kiwi, and their special watermelon flavoured hookah.

Where: M 42, M Block Market, GK 2

Nearest Metro Station: Nehru Place

Price: Starts INR 700 {plus taxes}

Timings: 11.30am – 12.30am

Contact: +91 8800106600

Zest Bar & Lounge

This venue is unpretentious and has more of a sports bar feel to it, for those of you that want to catch some cricket and smoke as well. They also host live music nights.

Where: K 24, Near HSBC Bank, Sector 18, Noida

Nearest Metro Station: Noida Sector 18

Price: Starts INR 500 {plus taxes}

Timings: Noon – 12am

Contact: +91 7840006029, +91 9999755227

Cafe Secret Society

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A sheesha lounge and cafe in Amar Colony, Cafe Secret Society is quite pocket-friendly {they don’t charge tax on hookahs}. The small cafe has great thin crust pizzas, and pastas and steaks as well.

Where: E-131, Ground Floor, Amar Colony, Lajpat Nagar 4

Nearest Metro Station: Kailash Colony

Price: Starts INR 349 {including taxes}

Timings: 11am – 11pm

Contact: 011 33106381

Cafe Meraki

You can get single flavour, double flavour and {on request} a mixed flavour hookah at Cafe Meraki. Their cocktails are strong and the bartenders are always willing to customise for you.

Where: C-43/44/45, DDA Complex, Opposite Moolchand Flyover, Defence Colony

Nearest Metro Station: Lajpat Nagar/Moolchand

Price: Starts INR 499 {plus taxes}

Timings: 11am – 1am

Contact: 011 33106060

Summer House Cafe

Summer House

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Summer House promises all the comforts of a summer well-spent, right from the rustic interiors and easy chairs to their excellent food menu and cocktails. Their flavours are all herbal, and besides the regular sheesha – apple, mint, kiwi, orange and paan – they’ve got some really exciting premium flavours which have flavour bases; these include Mint Mojito, Sex on the Beach and Red Bull Attack.

Where: 1st Floor, DDA Shopping Complex, Aurobindo Place, Hauz Khas

Nearest Metro Station: Hauz Khas/ Green Park

Price: Starts INR 600 {inclusive of taxes}

Timings: 12pm – 1am

Contact: +91 9350967000

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