In today’s age of ‘bans’ where almost every other thing you know is being blacklisted, there is one thing which used to be banned, but now seems to have made a glorious comeback. Yes, it’s the fancy Arabian way of passing time – the hookah a.k.a. sheesha. With every new restaurant opening up, we have yet another sheesha outlet to try. So, if you are one of those folks who has no clue about the best and the newest of the sheesha joints in Mumbai, check out this list.

TRE, Lower Parel

Photo source: thevegmumbaikar via Instagram

Photo source: thevegmumbaikar via Instagram

The latest entry in the Raghuvanshi Mills Compound, TRE, stands for three – food, drink and sheesha, and we know why sheesha plays such an important part in the title. With pots and ingredients imported all the way from Dubai, TRE serves you some kick-ass sheesha on their eclectic rooftop environment. This all-vegetarian eatery is also good for their cocktails. It’s certainly one of the best sheesha places in town.

Price: INR 1,000 onwards.

24 Sheesha Lounge, Bandra

Although 24 Sheesha Lounge has opened up in four places: BKC, Khar, Borivli and Kandivli, but we call dibs on the BKC as the best. With a panoramic view of the airport and the business hub of Bandra, the view is not the only thing this place offers, as they have some pretty amazing sheeshas served with delectable food and cocktails. We recommend their mint flavored sheesha with the milk base.

Price: INR 700 onwards.

Anarchy, Andheri

Photo source: Anarchy

Photo source: Anarchy

This is an ideal pub with, hold on, 40 unique flavours! You read it right. The second club on this list, Anarchy is a brilliant 2,300 sq. ft. nightclub with a separate VIP area as well. You can have their amazing sheesha outside in the 800 sq. ft. area. where they’re served from 11pm – 2am. We highly recommend their Arabian Nights sheesha.

Price: INR 800 – INR 1,600

1 Above, Lower Parel

The interiors and especially the sheesha here at this all-vegetarian joint are bound to make any carnivore fall in love with this place. You must try their ice-based sheeshas when here.

Sheesha Sky Lounge, Andheri West

Yet another place which has multiple outlets across the city, but we’ve fallen in love with their Andheri one. Housed in a bustling lane near Fun Republic, this massive place has a huge rooftop complete with a small dance floor, private dining spaces and even a massive projection for match screenings at the top. For a romantic outing, this would be the perfect place. We suggest you try any of their milk-based sheesha.

Price: INR 1000 onwards.

Verbena – BrewPub & SkyGarden, Lower Parel

Photo: Aman Deshmukh/LBB

Photo: Aman Deshmukh/LBB

The only place in Mumbai serving e-sheeshas which are an electronic variant of the traditional hookah, Verbena is also a brewery on its own with some crazy interiors and smashing food. The apple of our eye, of course, is their innovative e-sheesha.

Price: INR 900 onwards

Zulu Terrace, Andheri

Another rooftop from the Andheri belt, Zulu serves few of the cheapest sheeshas in this list. Starting at just INR 500 on the weekdays and going up to INR 1,200 over the weekends, Zulu has a terrific and inviting ambience with the DJ spinning some sick beats which are audible all the way below on their road-side entrance.

Price: INR 500 on weekdays, INR 700 after 7pm on weekdays, INR 1,000 on weekends.

The Tipsy Townhouse, Fort

Photo courtesy: Rushabh Shah

Photo courtesy: Rushabh Shah

They don’t have the fancy shapes, but as they say, simplicity sometimes is the best. Starting from INR 699 onwards, you have a lot of options here ranging from milk-based for extra smoke, vodka and lemon based, ice based for cold smoke and mint leaves for the cold punch. And as is with most of the places, you can take away their long filters home and bring it back whenever you come again to smoke.

Price: INR 699 {base flavours}, INR 749 {double flavours}, INR 899 {exotic fruit flavors}

Take It Easy, Andheri

Famous for their gun-shaped hookah pots, Take It Easy has a soothing ambience with good music to have a fun time out with your friends. Apart from the funky AK47 shaped sheesha, they also have an Eiffel Tower-shaped one and Khalil Mamoon, which is the local hookah of Dubai that is served here. Not just that, this place also serves sheesha in fruits {yup, fruit bowls}, if you ask for one. So if you are looking for a watermelon flavored shisha, you might actually end up getting served one in a watermelon.

Price: INR 600 (One flavor or a mixture of any flavours you want), INR 800 for the Eiffel Tower shaped and the Khalil Mamoon, INR 800 – INR 900 for the milk-base/Red Bull base, INR 1,000 for the AK47 shaped, and INR 1,500 – for the fruit shaped.

Bombay Cartel, Worli

Photo courtesy: Rushabh Shah

Photo courtesy: Rushabh Shah

Launching on February 25, this new place is set to open in the Atria Mall, Worli. Paying homage to the ’80s era of Mumbai, Bombay Cartel will have the mafia swag of those times. With edgy ambiance and lavish interiors, Bombay Cartel is all set to become a permanent member of the Mumbai nightlife.
Price – INR 750 onwards.

#LBBTip: You could also check out MT-61 in Versova, Koyla in Colaba, Tall Grass Café in Andheri West, Rustico in Fort and Baraesti in Tardeo.

Opa! Bar and Cafe, Andheri East

You simply cannot not complete this list without mentioning Opa! A scintillating rooftop spread over a huge area with a Middle Eastern feel and ambiance, Opa is the place to go for celebrity hunting. Also, they have some pretty kick-ass sheeshas.

Price: INR 1,700 for two

Play – The Lounge, Lower Parel

Photo source: Play The Lounge

Photo source: Play The Lounge

A happening nightclub, a drunken games extravaganza, a food heaven and also an indoor sheesha place, Play is right there on the top with its mind-blowing ambiance, food, etc. As for the sheeshas, there’s a private lounge area only for the dedicated smokers, what else could you ask for?

Price – INR 700 (everyday between 4pm to 8pm), INR 1000+ (everyday post 8pm)