Coal: Golden Canary
Shisha: Al-Fakher, Al Amir, StarBuzz
Price Range: $$
Credit Card: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
by Ridwan Grimes
medinah is way better!
by Winona R.
This hookah bar seems to be much the same as any hookah bar I have been to in Seattle. There are several garage-sale style couches and coffee tables that are slightly charred in places, and tons of college (in this case, SPU) students smoking hookah. This hookah bar has a good selection of flavors, although they are often out of flavors that I want to try. They also will serve the shisha in fruit (for instance, a watermelon, apple, orange, or pineapple) for $25, which looks tasty but was more money than I wanted to spend. I have my own hookah at home, but enjoy going out and getting a couple of hookahs with some friends. They play good hip-hop music, the place is always jam-packed (getting there early is advisable for larger groups), but sometimes they are kind of sheisty. The first time I was there, they insisted that our group of 6 people purchase two hookahs, because they don't allow so many people to share just one. I understand the idea behind that, but there was a group of people sitting next to us that were sharing just one and there were 7 of them--they were just pals of the employees. They are happy, however, to bring extra coals to you at no extra charge, though you generally have to ask for them yourself.
by Melissa T.
You know, it's not so bad being able to hang out at a hookah bar at 2 in the morning. Friendly staff, especially for how late it was. I have yet to go to on a night where there is a belly dancer though. Mango flavored tobacco is delicious, but don't smoke too often it is so bad for you! (:
by Winnie Y.
I hope Majles is not the only hookah bar left in Seattle.. I heard that in order to bypass Washington state law for smoking indoors, they have to charge a 'membership fee' so that it's a private club or something. The membership fee was just $5, perhaps they have reduced it which is not too bad. They take credit cards which I find it surprising.This hookah place is set up like a (ghetto) fast food store. You go up to the counter, order what you want, grab a couple Sunny-D's from the fridge and go sit on one of the couches. They have soda in the fridge and coffee/tea. They offer free mix of tobacco and free self served coal refill.They serve Al Fakher tobacco which is what most hookah places serve. It's really cheap, about $3 per 50g so the cost is probably less than a $1 for each bowl. I find Al Fakher quite dry and it can get harsh easily. I personally prefer other brands when I smoke hookah at home. They charge you $18 per hookah, $7 for tobacco refills. I have yet to try the fruit shisha..Well, it's ghetto, shady, and my friend said it looked like a crime was gonna take place any minute. But I still think it's not so bad for a Wednesday night hang out spot. I'd go early (before 10:30pm) when it's not crowded on a weekday.P.S. smoking hookah is not healthier than smoking cigarettes : )
After not really having a hookah bar around here for quite some time, Arron (Silentbob) and I found out about Majles Cafe in Seattle.
All of the pipes they were serving up were KMs, witch KM hoses to go along. We were given what I believe was an Exotica (or something very similar in build. It was quite tall), while I saw a few Double Pears out there. They had a nice collection of 36" Ice hookahs too, but none were being used while we were there.
The menu is exclusively AF, though I did see some Al Amir tubs behind the counter. They used golden canary coals.
Overall, if was a decent bar. It was actually a pretty good experience. I would say the same I had back at the old Rabbit Hole here in Seattle, if not better. The guy running the place was pretty cool, though I think he might have been scamming us on the KM he was trying to sell us. Haha. Felt a little too hollow to me. He did offer us a suggestion on a great mix I would have never thought to try: Cafe Latte and Grape. It was delicious.
by Arron M.
Went here the other night with a buddy. Being an avid hookah smoker, I was pretty happy here. They have a good assortment of shisha and comfortable couches. Plan on going back soon.
by Charles S.
The nice thing about this place is that it's authentic Middle-Eastern. People there are friendly. You can feel that vibe. It's kind of ghetto though. Maybe that's part of its charm. The menu was a computer print-out pasted on the back of a Dominos' Pizza box (no joke). It's that ghetto. The place looks really shady at night too. It was kind of funny.WARNING: There's a $15 "membership" fee. That's really lame.