truly is a tucked away gem in the heart of central
Promoting a collective vibe for all patrons
Nara Ultra Lounge interior was designed by Davis Krumins, creator of other hot spots such as Kress and San Diego’s Stingaree and Fluxx. Unlike other hookah bars in San Diego where customers sit at dimly lit tables, puffing away in isolation, here elegant chandeliers supply the mood while the discrete mural opens your imagination and spacious private seating provide the ambiance.
Whether you’re with a date, finished at the bar, or just looking for a place to chill at,
Nara Ultra Lounge will be there for you.
The origin of Hookah smoking can be dated millennia back and its initial traces have been found in the North Western provinces of India alongside the border of Pakistan in the state of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The Hookahs of the ancient times were very simple, rugged and archaic in design. The initial Hookahs were crafted out of a coconut shell base. The Hookah headed for Persian Kingdom and made its way towards Pakistan, Afghanistan, many parts of Asia and Arab parts of Northern Africa. To know more about the origin & history of Hookah smoking, read on…
While on the way to Persia, Hookah smokers came across a new concept of Tombeik, which refers to a dark tobacco that is predominantly cultivated in modern day Iran. Tombeik is washed and packed in the large heads designed in the old style. Hot coal is then applied to the wet Tombeik and this lends a strong flavor to the tobacco. These primitive style heads of Hookah were more popularly known as "ghelune" amongst the Persians. The Hookahs designed at the time of Persian Empire are still crafted with hand using pieces of wood.
By the nineteenth century, many women in Persia indulged in Hookah smoking considering it to be a great pastime activity. When Hookah found its way in Turkey, it gained momentum at a very fast pace. It became an icon of fashion and a symbol of high status.
Hookah transformed completely in terms of its style and design. It became quite complex in designing and attained its final shape that we find today. New additions were made like the introduction of brass and glass in the designing of Hookah water pipe. To enhance the aesthetic appeal, mosaics and elaborate paintings were added.
Hookah saw tremendous popularity in its growth in the Turk society. It went to the extent of finding its way in the bars. The Hookah bar tender was given the same status as that of a chef, due to the extensive preparations required in setting the Hookah. The tradition of smoking hookah went a step ahead and headed towards Lebanon and Syria, where it was named Nargile. Later, it migrated to Egypt and Morocco, where it got the name Shisha. In Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates., it is popularly known as Hubble bubble. In the contemporary times, Hookah bars are seen as a social place, where people discuss on varied issues such as politics and several local events.
"Cigarettes are for nervous people, competitive people, people on the run [...] When you smoke a narghile, you have time to think. It teaches you patience and tolerance, and gives you an appreciation of good company. Narghile smokers have a much more balanced approach to life than cigarette smokers." (Ismet Ertep, 71 years Turkey)
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It’s important to look your best when going out with your friends. This is why we have put a dress code policy on our website for everyone to review before going out. We have these policies in place so that the environment is clean and safe for our patrons. If you have any questions about the dress code, feel free to call management to discuss what is allowed and not allowed.
Any patrons who alters their appearance after entering NARA so that he/she is no longer within dress code guidelines will be asked to leave the premises.
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