I have to wonder if the author of this article was ever a customer before they wrote this, or if they just stopped in real quick, asked the owner a few questions and left. I agree, this is the nicest looking hookah bar I have ever seen, but that’s all they have going for them. The price is $25 per hookah, and that doesn’t include the 1 drink minimum per person (which they won’t mention until after you get your hookah.) For that price, you would expect everything to be top quality, but they light their hookahs with the cheepo, instant light coals that make everything you smoke taste like lighter fluid, and the shisha is a lower quality that you would find at most frat houses. The service is deplorable, and if you’re a woman, you should expect that the only time the owner is going to come over to “help” you, he’s going to make some disgusting sexual comment and then brag about how all of the hottest strippers and MILFs come there. (For any guys reading this…I’ve seen the women that hang out there…not true) Oh, and just a warning, if a couple of your friends happen to walk by and see you, and stop by to say “hi” for a minute, you will be charged for them being there too, whether they smoke or not…even if it is a Monday and you’re the only group in there. If you’re even thinking of stopping by this place, I would look up some of the other reviews first. They touch on a lot of things I didn’t bring up. Lord knows I wish I would have read them before I wasted my money!
Best Hookah Bar Phoenix 2009 - Harem Lounge - CLOSED
If I Dream of Jeannie's magically delicious heroine had a secret lair, it would be the Harem Lounge. Part coffee shop, part hookah lounge, this Moroccan-themed strip-mall jewel is bathed in sumptuous red light cast by stained-glass lanterns that twinkle in the sexy loft above the cave-like shop. Soothing, exotic beats blare in the background as customers mellow with water pipe in mouth. Homemade chai, coffee and Middle Eastern appetizers are all on the menu, but the main course is the shisha offered in more than two dozen flavors, including black licorice, cola, and double apple. Though the hookah prices are a bit steep, we think the ambiance and late night hours — until at least 1 a.m. daily — more than make up for it. Plus, there's a ton of cozy seating arrangements inside or outside on the huge outdoor patio, so you can always tap a couple of friends to rock this Casbah with you.
It is a bit more expensive than I'd like, and yes the service needs work. However, Harem is the only hookah lounge I go to in Arizona. Harem is the only place with extremely comfortable seating and relaxing decor, the perfect set up for an enjoyable smoke. (Although admittedly on Fridays and Saturdays when then have a live DJ, they could turn down the music a bit.) As well, they do NOT use cheap shisha nor cheap coals. It may not be top of the shelf, but it is not "cheap". My friends and I always spend more than 2 hours at this place and the flavor stays for at least that time. Harem is not a 5 outta 5. I say it gets a solid 4 because it is the only place where I can enjoy a decent smoke in a relaxing and comfortable environment.