With a sizable Middle Eastern contingent, dozens of Ethiopian restaurants, and a plentiful population of hippies, we'd be willing to wager DC has one of the nation's highest hookah-per-capita ratios. Here are a few of our fav spots to mellow out with the not-so-wacky tobaccy:
Soussi: Hookahs are a dime a dozen on the Ethiopian restaurant-filled Adams Morgan strip, but we're partial to this cozy corner eatery, where the large outdoor patio is a prime place to chill out and watch the drunken crowds stagger down the street.
Gazuza: This sleek Dupont Circle lounge may try a bit too hard to be everything to everyone—sushi, mojitos, draft beer—but somehow the eclectic, semi-clubby vibe works, especially if you get in early enough to grab a table around a hookah.
Prince Palace: This Georgetown lounge is the place to go for the full experience—a pan-Middle Eastern menu, live music, belly dancing, and one of the longest hookah menus we've ever seen, with more than 20 different flavors on offer.
[Photo: Prince Palace]