Best Hookah in Kyiv: August 2018 Review

Girls enjoying hookah

While the capital is full of various bars, not many offer high-quality hookah. We chose the classic spots to rediscover in the downtown, as well as newcomers that have already gained fame in Kyiv.


People enjoying hookah at nightSmoky bar located near the Kontraktova Ploshcha metro station is easily recognizable by the ever-present crowds engaged in chitchat near the main entrance. This place is indeed one of the most popular meeting points on Podil among those who appreciate hookah. The alcohol list includes 8 signature cocktails based on classic recipes with secret ingredients from bartenders, classic cocktails, wine and spirits. Smoky Old Fashion and Karcade Sour are among the most popular picks.

As for the hookah, Smoky boasts one of the largest tobacco collections in the country. If you aren't sure of the choice, waiters can pick the best option based on your tastes. This bar is also unique in terms of payment - when ordering hookah, you pay for smoking time, not tobacco. The reason behind is that one and a half hours is an optimal time for one hookah to blossom in all its flavors.

Address: 12, Mezhyhirska Street


Man preparing hookahShiska lounge bar is conveniently reached from three metro stations: Ploshcha Lva Tolstoho, Universytet and Palats Sportu. The spacious bar has four halls and large air vent to make sure the air circulation doesn't break during the especially busy times. Shishka has about 700 types of hookah and a wide range of tobacco, including DarkSide, Tangiers, Nakhla, Milano, Dokha, WTO and many others.

The lounge bar has also an impressive collection of spirits and even specially selected side dishes for gin tonic. The so-called Buddha Bowls are the main menu specialty at Shishka; the large bowls are essentially mixes of nutritious ingredients like meat, fish, nuts, couscous or rice. Instead of DJ sets, visitors can enjoy relaxing live music played on the grand piano on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Address: 61B, Volodymyrska Street

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Par Bar

Par Bar in KyivPar Bar is one of the most popular and busiest hookah spots in the downtown, so make sure to book a table beforehand. Located in a five-minute walk from the Palats Sportu station, Par Bar has a spacious open-air terrace and cozy dim-lit hall. The standard hookah offered here is Khalil Mamoon or Amy Deluxe with Al Fakher tobacco. You can choose other tobaccos like Afzal, Fumari, Starbuzz or fruits like apple, coconut, pineapple and others.

The menu includes an array of salads, a separate Wok section, pizza, and meat, cheese and fruit sets that taste best after hookah. Besides, the desserts section with prime French specials like Tarte Tatin, chocolate & strawberry parfait and mille-feuille are especially beloved by visitors.

Address: 10, Shota Rustaveli Street


Cocktail, hookah and Pan-asian saladZmist bar located near the Teatralna metro station is well-known for its friendly atmosphere and helpful staff who assist with choosing the best hookah for the night. The place has two halls and one VIP-zone that can fit about 10 people. The menu here is made of traditional for lounge bars selection of Pan-Asian dishes: sushi, soups, and wok. Besides, visitors can also enjoy tartare, salads and salmon steak.

All popular tobaccos like Starbuzz, Tangiers, Al-Fakher and Afzal are available here. Besides, Zmist has signature hookah mixes, for instance, based on the Carpathian herbs, grog, basil or chai. Each hookah is marked to make the choice easier, whether it's hot, sour, spicy, sweet, or contains alcohol.

Address: 20A, Pushkinska Street

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Loft Bar

Girl smoking hookahThis panoramic bar located on Besarabska Square is one of the latest additions to the Kyiv hookah map. Loft Bar offers classical tobaccos like Serbetli, Fumari, Tangiers as well as special mixes with additional aromas. Visitors often point out delicious apple and grapefruit hookahs. Every Monday and Tuesday, upon ordering a hookah you get another one for free.

Every Wednesday and Tuesday the bar lures customers in with a delicious offer - fresh oysters and unlimited Prosecco. At daytime, it’s a perfect place to observe the bustling and busy city center. If you enjoy Kyiv nightlife and DJs sets, visiting after midnight might be a good idea. The working hours allow everyone in from noon to 2:30 PM.

Address: 2nd floor, 2, Besarabska Square

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