While hookahs, or waterpipes, have been around since the 1500s, they’ve only just begun to firmly establish their presence in America’s nightlife scene. Hookah bars are becoming increasingly popular, and they’ve been popping up around Colorado since the early 2000s, especially in college towns like Fort Collins and Boulder. Not to be outdone, the Denver metro area now has more than a few great hookah joints scattered around different parts of the city. Here are a few places to enjoy some flavored tobaccos and teas while lounging on comfy pillows with friends.

The Oasis hookah bar on Market Street (credit: CBS)

Oasis Bar and Hookah Lounge
1523 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 257-1427

Oasis Bar and Hookah Lounge is a popular watering hole in downtown Denver. This LoDo retreat features multiple levels, great music and an international crowd. The bar hosts theme parties every weekend and a different special can be found nightly. Oasis’ happy hour runs until 9 p.m., making it one of the latest running specials you’ll find downtown, and ladies even drink for free on Thursdays. Nosh on Columbian/Mexican fusion fare while belly dancing to the DJ’s tunes upstairs before heading to the lower level where the hookahs are housed.

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Hookah Palace (next to House of Kabob)
2246 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 756-0744

Hookah Palace can be found next door to House of Kabob and is a true Middle Eastern experience. Between the authentic music, exotic tobacco flavors, soothing aromas and calming ambiance, you’ll feel as though you’ve been whisked away to a Middle Eastern palace. The House of Kabob also hosts live entertainment, with belly dancers performing every Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. If you’re looking for a unique night out with friends, stop by for the show and grub on plates of hummus and falafel before heading next door enjoy the hookah lounge.

Hookah House
1325 Broadway St., #215
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 444-0804

In true Boulder fashion, Hookah House is a popular, low key joint among the area’s college crowd. This joint is a little more well lit than other hookah lounges, and doesn’t serve booze, so it’s a great alternative to coffee shops if you’re looking for an afternoon spot to get some work done on the laptop. Choose from a drink menu of iced coffees, espressos, teas and energy drinks and select from a list of tobaccos with flavors such as pumpkin pie, sweet melon and citrus mint..

Marrakech Grill
2290 S. Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 802022
(303) 759-3611

Located in southeast Denver, Marrakech Grill is a casual place for a get together with friends and family. This restaurant/hookah cafe combo boasts some of the best Mediterranean food in Denver, and everything here is done with tradition in mind. Dine on authentic, tasty cuisine before heading to the hookah lounge next door for some tea and flavored tobacco. Try the gyro plate, but don’t fill up on dinner because the baklava is out of this world.Related: Top Tapas In Denver

120 West Laurel St.
Fort Collins, CO 80524
(970) 495-6722

If you find yourself up north in Fort Collins, you’ll definitely want to check out Algiers. Drapes hang from the ceiling to separate private, pillow-laden smoking areas, giving you and your friends a relaxing space in which to smoke and sip on complimentary tea. The patio offers up some fresh air should you need it, and the lounge also sells hookahs, coals, shisha (flavored tobacco) and other accessories for those who like to enjoy the experience at home.

Michelle Humphrey is a freelance writer living in Denver. Her work can be found here.