Leave behind the hubbub of the city and step into Columbus’s own Middle Eastern paradise, perfectly situated on Mt. Pleasant Avenue, directly parallel to High Street. For the past three years, Midnight Hookah has been delighting customers with their Lebanese-style lounge and hospitality. With the scent of fruit and mint-flavored smoke drifting through the air, Midnight Hookah truly evokes the spirit of the Middle East in the Midwest—no passport required!

For those unsure of what to expect when visiting a hookah lounge for the first time, have no fear! Hookah is the centuries-old practice of smoking tobacco through a water pipe—it’s relaxing, fun, and delicious! Owner Romeo Issa says of first-timers, “we have a lot of people who come here, don’t know about the place, want to try it for the first time and now we have them as regular customers.”

Midnight Hookah offers an extensive variety of flavored tobaccos, the most popular of which is Blue Mist (a blueberry-mint mixture). The experience doesn’t stop there  though, as Midnight Hookah also offers a selection of cakes, smoothies, hot drinks (Mint tea and Turkish coffee to name a few), and on Fridays, falafel!

The comfortably furnished and ornately decorated lounge is perfect for large parties or small, but there is also outdoor seating! The patio is the ideal location to relax and enjoy the summer weather with friends! Open until well past midnight during the week and even later on weekends, it’s also the perfect late-night spot! Prices begin around ten dollars (with specials for students on Monday) and increase according to the quality of the tobacco. Recently, Midnight Hookah has also begun offering a catering service!

Whether you’re new to Hookah or a seasoned pro, Midnight Hookah is the prefect Short North locale to escape the ordinary and experience the exotic.