120 21st Ave N, Nashville, TN | Directions 3720336.151396 -86.801690
Mon. - Thu. 5pm - 2am;Fri. - Sun. 5pm - 3am
Not a Very Good Experience – I went to Tarboosh tonight, a Sunday, and it was slammed. I've been in there a handful of times before they renovated, but this was my first time since. We waited at the door for about 10 minutes before anyone even talked to us, then they told us they didn't have anymore tables, but we could sit in some chairs inside and the next table would be ours. So we sat with our knees touching in some fold out chairs with no table in a crowded corner for about 15 more minutes until the waitress came to take our order. I had a question about the hookah flavors and she was very rude and unhelpful. We were trying to be understanding since it was so busy so we ordered a hookah anyway. A while later, we saw a table get up and a waitress told us we could sit there, so we got up and were sitting down at the table when some other customers came and sat down and told us that the Tarboosh people told THEM to sit there... and that we had to move. The waitress just walked away and didn't help us, so we decided to go. When our waitress saw us leaving, instead of trying to accomodate us she started yelling at us for ordering a hookah and then leaving, and tried to make us pay for it even though they hadn't even made it yet. I've had better experiences there but since the renovation and the new people they hired, I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. I recommend Cafe Coco down the street which is where we went instead. Tarboosh just made me feel anxious and unwelcome.
hookahhh – Well when I went i liked it alot. I went with my best friend another friend and some weird people. I thought the price we real reasonalble and i loved the tobacco. the only thing i didnt like was the restrroom. everyone was nice and the lady with the fire pebbles lol came and waited on us whenever. it was crowed, but when your downtown nashvile what place ain't
Mixed Experiences – The first time I went to this hookah bar I had a really good bowl and and a really good hookah. It was a bit cold but it was during winter. I loved the music and the low key atmosphere. The "Tarboosh Style" tea is absolutely amazing. I went there a little more recently, though, and it was packed and noisy (not relaxing at all). My hookah was dirty and I had to pull in so hard through the hose to even get the smoke out that it was really not a pleasant experiences. They don't have plastic covers for the hoses which I find a little bit gross. The hummus is really great, but I don't recommend the fries. They are pretty much dripping in grease. It's not a bad place overall but you are taking a chance if you'll get a good or bad hookah.
Good chill-out place – I have mixed feelings about this place. I used to come every weekend but stopped after me and my friends got sick from the hooka. One of my friends threw up on the way home after leaving the place, and I had a sore throat for weeks. This place also had one of the rudest managers I have ever seen. He was a major hustler, and I saw several parties leave because he was trying to stick prices on them they didn't deserve, and I have even had an experience with him.
Let me try to explain... Most of their hookas are two-person hookas. I happened to come here with two of my friends, so that made three of us. It is $8 per hooka. We told the manager we wanted to just use one hooka for the three of us and pass the pipe around, but instead he forced us to pay for and use two hookas, when we only had three people. They also tried to add an extra $3 on our bill for no reason, which I disputed and got it taken off, but they were extremely rude about it.
Now that I'm done with the cons, let's talk about the pros.
Besides the manager, the staff is very friendly and usually composed of college-aged kids who will cut up with you and talk to you.
They have a wide variety of hooka flavors that usually taste great, and if you have a problem with your hooka they fix it right away for you and try to get it as smooth as possible.
The atmosphere is great with the middle eastern music and music videos playing, and it is extremely comfortable if you go there on a warm or cool summer night, as they leave the many windows and door open.
What the hell was that! – I have heard of Hooka bars, but this was like the hooka back padeo. The hooka was dirty they didn't have any plastic covers for the mouth pieces. The turkish coffee was weak and tasteless and the menu just had marker lines through things they didn't have any more. Not to mention that it was dirty as well. I mean they didn't even have the plastic tips for the hooka thats like serving food with no plates. Plus listening to Middle Eastern music at 100 decibels is not my idea of a good time.
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