Fumari Hookah Lounge
330 G Street, San Diego, CA
(619) 238-4949 fumari.com
Yelp Average: 3.5 Stars
Fumari in the historic Gastlamp district has long been one of the most popular Hookah Lounges in San Diego — possibly because it was the FIRST!
They even have their own brief entry in Fodor’s online travel guide:
This relaxed café is a dark and cozy spot for smoking from a water pipe. The richly flavored tobaccos are worth the exorbitant price tag (around $20 for a bowl, except during the nightly happy hour from 7-8 pm), and the chill ambience makes it easy to hang out and hookah the evening away.
Their claim to fame is their own tobacco brand:
Billed as “Strikingly fresh”, Fumari tobacco is known for having very strong flavors. This is a modern style tobacco that is very light in nicotine and heavily flavored with flavors ranging from Apricot to Mint chocolate Chip to White Grape. The brand has a strong following and has some of the strongest flavors on the market. – From The Hookah Wiki
Here’s a pretty informative 4-star review of Fumari Hookah Lounge:
I’ve come here multiple times with R. It’s a great date place, or after clubbing experience.
Service is great, there’s a guy that works there, I think his name is Kavika, but he’s really accommodating. He moved us to a different table when I felt a draft coming from the door.
Indoors: The place is super tiny, I wouldn’t come here with a huge group, cause you will be cramped. When it’s only me and R, we’re placed so closely together to other parties that I can hear what theyre talking about. The place is also very dark, I feel like I’m in a basement sometimes. They need to talk to someone about their lighting situation.
Outdoors: The outside seating is pretty cool, you have a street view, but again, very cramped together, so you’re worried someone else might knock over your hookah while they adjust their chair.
Hookah: AWESOME! Love their flavors, Ambrosia is delicious, Island Papaya is a bit light, White Gummy Bear is sweet. I think it’s incredibly clever to have a rack on every table so that the customers can smell each flavor instead of having to guess what they want. Great for beginners/regulars who want to try something new.
I don’t have any real complaints other than that the place is super cold at night. You’d think they’d realize this. I’m always freezing in here regardless if I have a jacket. Their coals aren’t that wonderful, I’ve bought a pack to use at home, and the silver cover stuff they have on the coal is really irritating because it flies out everywhere. I would not purchase them again. Use Coco Mazaya!
Fumari is located at 330 G Street.
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