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The Tiki Hookah Bar in Farmingville is 'Smoking' Hot

Hidden gem blends the foreign with the familiar while offering a Turkish Delight.

The next time you're looking for something new and exciting to do why not check out the Tiki Hookah Bar at 1075 Portion Rd. in Farmingville.  This exotic venue opened in September and is family owned and operated.  It would make for a novel and economical night out, costing just $5 admission and $8 for a hookah.

The pulsating LED lights and the sound system pumping techno and dance music stand in contrast to the laid back vibe of the enclaves of black leather couches where groups of friends gather to sit-back, relax and share in one of the communal hookahs placed at each table.

This unique lounge pairs the intimacy of a neighborhood pub with the high energy ambiance of a NYC club.

The hookah is a single or multi-stemmed (often glass-based) instrument for smoking tobacco in which the smoke is cooled and filtered by passing through water.  It originated in India and has gained popularity particularly in the Middle East and is garnering notoriety in North America, Europe, Australia and Brazil.

Tony Mavruk, 22, manager of Tiki Hookah explained why his family decided to open this establishment here.

"We're Turkish; it's tradition," he said. "There are no hookah bars around and we thought it would be a good crowd over by Sachem."

In March, they began serving beer here and expect to obtain their liquor license by summer's end.

"People come here from the city and all over the Island," he said.

The hookah is more like dad's cigar or grandpa's pipe than the much maligned cigarette, in that one isn't supposed to inhale it but, rather savor the flavor while unwinding and letting go the stresses of everyday life.  It's a bit of epicurean decadence and a hedonistic pleasure that, unlike a cigar, is not a solitary endeavor; the hookah is meant to be shared amongst friends.

You don't have to worry about contracting germs from sharing the stems; everyone gets their own one-time use mouthpiece.

Tiki Hookah uses flavored tobacco that comes in fun and fruity flavors such as Blue Mist, Hawaiian Punch, Blueberry, Pina Colada and Watermelon.

You must be 19 or older to be admitted into a hookah bar. According to the facility's management staff, there are two security guards that check ID's. If you are over 21 years of age you receive a bracelet for alcohol and if you are under, you get an "X" on your hand.

Akon, an employee said, "Most people who come in are between 19 and 23 ... People come here to dance and to listen to music. ... We have a lot of college students that come here to relax and hang out with their friends—it's not just based on hookah."  Even non-smokers would enjoy coming to this upbeat yet, tranquil sanctuary.  

"We play house music and all kinds of music—whatever the crowd wants to hear."

Surprisingly, while the evocative scent of sweet smelling smoke may waft through the air, due to the great ventilation system and high ceilings it's not smoky in there at all.

The owner who goes by the name T.J. described his bar as, "different, relaxing ... you can stay.  It's not a personal thing; it's shared.  You have time to think.  It takes more than one hour for one hookah."

There is a VIP section, flat screen TV and pool table.  Every Wednesday the exotic hookah is paired with an All-American beer pong tournament which starts at 9:30 p.m. and offers a chance to win cash prizes.  Over $3,000 has already been awarded and every Wednesday there are $2 Bud Lights.  

Every Friday and Saturday night a celebrity guest DJ is featured and Saturday is Ladies' Night.  Ladies don't have to pay a cover charge and there are drink specials.  Groups of three girls even get a free hookah.  On Monday everyone is admitted free.

 If you've never smoked a hookah before but, want to give it a try the friendly staff will show you the simple ritual of this delicious delight.  It's sure to whisk you away like a magic carpet ride to far off lands and ancient times that somehow found their way to modern day Long Island.

Tiki Hookah Bar is open Sun-Thurs 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. They can be reached at (631) 415-4775.

SUMMER Resident July 11, 2010 at 10:22 AM
If they are serving alchol how cam 19 year olds enter. Last I heard the drinking age was 21.
Shana Braff July 12, 2010 at 12:41 AM
According to the club's owner T.J. there are two security guards who check everyone's ID at the door. If a customer is over 21 then they get a bracelet allowing them to purchase alcohol. If a patron is underage they receive an X on their hand. This allows 19 and 20 year olds to have fun there and partake of the hookah if they choose, while keeping them from drinking. I hope this clears up any concerns you may have had.
James D July 12, 2010 at 01:51 AM
Aren't the "security guards" only 19 or 20 also? They might give their friends who are underage a bracelet that would allow them to drink. I do not think they should have 19 year olds in there AND alcohol mixed. There is no way that they can keep an eye on everyone, even with having an "x" on their hand or a bracelet.
SUMMER Resident July 12, 2010 at 02:52 AM
Guaranteed, they will be smoking more than pina colada and hawaiian punch. Dont we want our kids to stay away from smoking??????
scott July 12, 2010 at 04:21 PM
you people are ridicilous , they give 19 and 20 years old x's so they CANT drink , i've been there plenty of times and you need to be 21 in order to drink. retarted people honestly.
mike puglia July 12, 2010 at 04:47 PM
no no no the security guards there are hired staff from there own business they are over 25, and there are also security inside tiki as well to make sure individuals without a bracelet are not drinking.
mike puglia July 12, 2010 at 05:35 PM
yes they will be smoking more then that because they have a wider spread of selective flavors fitting to meet everyones needs, and that means only hookah tobacco there is no nonsense with illegal paraphernalia this is a business and a business taken very serious i might add.
Jillxox July 12, 2010 at 10:02 PM
You people are so wrong seriusly.i go to this place all the time and this was never a problem.the crowd is controlled well and the place is amazing.and tonyyy is so cute hes too nice.and how about other clubs?they have 18 to party and 21 to drink and this place has 19 to party 21 to drink.hands down people stop hating
Holtsville Resident July 13, 2010 at 02:45 AM
No one is "hating". Parents want to make sure their children are in a safe environment. Especially with all the drugs going around. I am also a Holtsville Resident, I agree with the other one though. This is encouraging our children to smoke. Is this hookah stuff addicting?
joe July 13, 2010 at 01:54 PM
it is worse than cigarettes http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hookah/AN01265
Holtsville Resident July 13, 2010 at 01:59 PM
Hookah is worse than cigarettes? My son is not a smoker at all, and hates the cigarette smell, but wants to try it. He told me it is a lot better than cigarettes. I guess we need to investigate this hookah stuff more. Is it addicting?
sachembox July 13, 2010 at 10:49 PM
Its not addicting that's for sure.I go here like once a month and this is the best hookah bar by far its so funny how they made it to the news tho! and where do you people live?lmao hookahs older then you and your grandmas put together.I've been to the other one but it blowsss.and I used to do smoke cigarettes and I quit that and I do hookah I feel much better.I smoke it cuz no nicotine or tar!
notgood July 14, 2010 at 03:30 AM
Hookah smoking is not safer than cigarette smoking. Also known as narghile, shisha and goza, a hookah is a water pipe with a smoke chamber, a bowl, a pipe and a hose. Specially made tobacco is heated, and the smoke passes through water and is then drawn through a rubber hose to a mouthpiece. The tobacco is no less toxic in a hookah pipe, and the water in the hookah does not filter out the toxic ingredients in the tobacco smoke. Hookah smokers may actually inhale more tobacco smoke than cigarette smokers do because of the large volume of smoke they inhale in one smoking session, which can last as long as 60 minutes. While research about hookah smoking is still emerging, evidence shows that it poses many dangers: Hookah smoke contains high levels of toxic compounds, including tar, carbon monoxide, heavy metals and cancer-causing chemicals (carcinogens). In fact, hookah smokers are exposed to more carbon monoxide and smoke than are cigarette smokers. As with cigarette smoking, hookah smoking is linked to lung and oral cancers, heart disease and other serious illnesses. Hookah smoking delivers about the same amount of nicotine as cigarette smoking does, possibly leading to tobacco dependence. Hookah smoke poses dangers associated with secondhand smoke. Hookah smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies. Hookah pipes used in hookah bars and cafes may not be cleaned properly, risking the spread of infectious disease. (www.mayoclinic.com/health/hookah/AN01265)
sachembox July 14, 2010 at 09:38 PM
Wow did your hw.haha
notgood July 16, 2010 at 02:26 AM
yeah. you may need to re-read that. you may develop some side effects because you didn't do your homework. HA HA.
Mary July 24, 2010 at 07:01 PM
just checkd it out last night and actually a nice place right around the corner from my house.
Dave September 19, 2010 at 01:51 AM
The same way a 19 year can enter a Bar that only serves alcohol ,They just cant drink.
Dave September 19, 2010 at 01:59 AM
No it is not Encouraging kids to smoke because Tiki is closed during the day when kids may be around and unlike gas stations and convenient stores they do not advertise the sale of tobacco.
Dave September 19, 2010 at 02:02 AM
Hookah smoking by pregnant women can result in low birth weight babies? Read the back of any pack of cigarettes and it says the same thing.
Dave K April 07, 2011 at 08:24 PM
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080125013001AAJHDoz This link has some interesting information towards the hookah vs cigarette debate. Parents and smoker please read and envelope an opinion on your own based upon the data
lynissa January 12, 2013 at 01:23 AM
They should make the age 18 my friend josh is performing there and I can't even go.
lynissa January 12, 2013 at 01:24 AM
They should make the age 18 cause my friend is performing and I can't even go it sucks

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