Shisha or Hookah is a popular past time in Melbourne, with many different venues offering this experience to diners and those looking to socialise with friends and family.
Today we'll be looking at the best Melbourne shisha bars and hookah lounges. These are dotted around the city, in various suburbs and inner city hideouts.
Shisha and Hookah is incredibly popular around Australia and Melbourne is no different. With a range of establishments, you can enjoy some hubble bubble outdoors on the street, in the sky garden or inside (is it real shisha though?)
With a range of prices, head types, ice handles and food to match, the only real question is, have you tried them all yet? Let us know.
Melbourne’s best hookah lounge, Arabesque, offers the best taste and variety of flavours you can find in a shisha bar.
Situated atop an authentic Middle Eastern and Jordanian restaurant, Arabesque pride themselves on their excellent customer service and drive to take care of their customers’ needs.
Their extensive flavour menu includes various fruity heads, added spice and mixed flavours with options to suit anyone.
Even better, for those unfamiliar with the scene, their mix recommendations can provide guidance for the best possible flavour combinations, including those described as ‘Something smooth’, ‘In-between’ and ‘On the tougher side’.
Head flavours range from $30-$60, while spice flavours range from $2-$7, so a relaxing night with family and friends at Arabesque doesn’t have to break the budget.
For a comfortable and relaxed experience, Arabesque also offers drinks to complement your Shisha flavours, including tea and coffee, cold drinks, smoothies and juices.
John Woods left this Facebook review:
-“We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to family & friends."
642 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9995 9189
Restaurant, breakfast, lunch and dinner, shisha lounge, package food deals, custom shisha flavour selection
2. Marrakech Cocktail & Shisha Lounge
If you’re searching for a mysterious, hidden gem in Melbourne as the venue for your next night out, Marrakech Cocktail and Hookah Lounge is the perfect spot for you.
With alluring Moroccan decor and bartenders experienced in creating excellent and authentic drinks, this shisha bar provides a unique experience, great for groups large and small.
Their shisha comes in a variety of fruity tobacco flavours, ranging from blueberry and apple to peach, while reasonably priced from $38-$44.
Indulging in Marrakech’s signature fruit pipes will transport you through this authentic Moroccan experience. Their lounge is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a beautiful and secluded spot.
Marrakech extends this unique experience to fantastic group package deals, ensuring you can use them for your next party or event and impress your guests.
This enticing space is stowed away beneath Bank Place in the heart of Melbourne city, providing both a well-loved dance floor and private, intimate lounge areas for those seeking some seclusion, making it the perfect place for a diverse range of fun-seekers.
Liz Pham left this google review:
-“Amazing venue! Staff are super friendly and nice. We always come here for a shisha during the week and some food, but we also come on the weekends to have a boogie!”
25 Bank Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000
(03) 9939 1408
Birthday party, cocktail party, hens night, corporate functions, private functions, Friday and Saturday night events, intimate lounge areas,
3. Tokyo Hookah Bar
For a place offering everything from authentic Japanese food, burgers and shisha, Tokyo Hookah Bar is the best location to visit in Melbourne.
Their variation in specialities from different cuisines makes for a unique eating experience where flavour is prioritised, all topped off by a relaxing shisha indulgence at the end of the night.
Made by a Hookah expert, Tokyo Hookah Bar offers well-loved flavours including mint, strawberry, peach, apple, grape, melon, watermelon orange, lemon and blueberry-mint. You can even grab a package deal for $60, including shisha and 2-4 included drinks.
Tokyo Hookah Bar combines traditional Japanese dishes with burgers and even pizza offerings, while serving up tea and shisha to complement your meals. It’s a completely unique experience that you need to see for yourself.
A customer by the name of Lottie Hawthorne left this Facebook review:
-“Best shisha in Melbourne, the onion rings are to die for and the service is excellent! 100 recommend.”
U1/311A Victoria St, Abbotsford VIC 3067
0481 871 000
Japanese food, tea service, shisha menu, package deals and drink deals, group and small bookings
4. Mixity Carlton
If you’re looking for an authentic Persian eating experience, what better way to top it off than with a relaxing shisha with friends? You can find this kind of experience at Mixity Carlton, providing one of the best Hahlal-friendly experiences in Melbourne.
Mixity is conveniently located only 10 minutes from Melbourne’s central station, making it an easy choice on your next night out that you are certain not to regret.
Their interior is described as cozy and warm, providing the perfect environment to cultivate the joy-filled shisha, eating and drinking experience that they strive to give their customers for a happy night out with family or friends.
Fantastic fruity flavours including apple, mint, grape, lemon, orange, cherry and blueberry, with customised heads of apple, orange and pineapple will surely give you the great tasting and relaxing shisha everyone searches for.
Prices start at around $25 for normal shisha, $35 for Apple heads and $45-$60 for Pineapple and Orange heads. You can mix and match your flavours.
What’s better? Mixity Carlton offers a range of bookings including those seating up to 30 guests, so you can host your next event or party with fantastic shisha in hand.
A customer by the name of Nitika left this google review:
-“I absolutely love the food here. Shishas are a good hit as well.”
171 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
0423 844 051
Persian food, drinks, desert and shisha catering to Hahlal requirements, large group and small bookings
5. Blackout Fitzroy
Not only is Blackout Fitzroy the only shisha provider in the area, you can’t find this thrilling combination of traditional shisha culture and casual lounging anywhere else in Melbourne.
Shisha is served alongside burgers, craft beers and cocktails here, creating a great opportunity for an exciting night out or a simple catch-up with friends.
Not only are their comfort foods delicious, but the shisha flavours are great and inexpensive too. A regular shisha head is $20, followed by $25 apple, $35 orange and $45 pineapple, giving anyone’s budget a chance at a unique night out.
Their shisha flavours range from the common fruit to vanilla, rose and even gum-tasting goodness.
So, for Fitzroy’s only spot for excellent hookah and friendly lounging, head over to Blackout.
An anonymous customer left this google review:
-“Wow. Just left this place and can honestly say it’s our favourite shisha place. 30 min drive is definitely worth it! Thanks Amber for your service.”
342 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, 3065
03 9417 5820
Food menu, craft beers, specialty cocktails, flavours with price range, weekly evening specials