The most interesting hookah service in the lounge: discussing the idea of ​​the new concept of HookahBattle event

Hello everyone, this is Stan Medkov, founder of HookahBattle. As you may know, we do many different online and offline events, in which representatives of many countries participate. 

We travel around the world and know many managers of hookah lounges, and we would like to talk to them in this post.

You may have heard of or even taken part in our annual online show, where hookah lounges compete for the best interior design:

We came up with the idea to make an online HookahBattle only for hookah lounges, but with a different concept:

record a video of how you serve classic simple hookah but in some unusual way to your guests

Here it is important that you will understand us correctly – the hookah itself must be ordinary, what will be assessed by Jury – it is the presentation \ perfomance process to your guest.

Let’s give a couple of examples:

Serving hookah in the Dubai hookah chain Huqqa:

Also I remember an interesting experience when we visited the city of Kazan with an unusual presentation at the S.M.E.N.A lounge: while you smoke a hookah, they read your fate on Tarot cards:

I also know that some hookah lounges in the Czech Republic and Slovakia practice serving hookah in combination with some unusual drink (the drink itself may not be tasty – but the fun will be in the taste combination with the hookah). What impressed me most with this idea was our regular classic HookahBattle participant Marian Hookah+ from Slovakia. It’s a pity I can’t remember what ingredients were in the cocktails that he suggested the judges drink with a hookah, I’ll ask him to write in the comments here:

There can be any idea – how to surprise a guest when serving a hookah – you just need to shoot a 3-5 minute video of such a presentation from your lounge and send it to us. I’m sure it will be an interesting show with good practical results:

– it’s interesting for the viewer to see such a content, and it’s also a great advertisement for lounges where you’ll want to go for an unusual serving

– it will be interesting to collect the most unusual creatives from different countries in one show, to see the experience of foreign colleagues

It also seems to me that an important rule will be the following: what you film (3-5 minutes) for the show must be not only for the show, it should on your menu so that anyone can come to you and try your unusual presentation even if its cost much more than order a regular shisha smoke session.

I ask all colleagues who manage lounges to write their comments or criticism of our idea for this event. Would you like to take part in this or would you refuse? If we get positive feedback, we will launch it into the project

On August 1, 2024, the author of the highest rated comment on this post will receive an invitation to the VIP party in honor of HookahBattle’s 13th birthday and a HookahBattle X ShishaMesse hoodie

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12 Comments

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Прикольно, если это не остановится на наполнении хуба. Вспомнилось как раньше, лет 10-15 назад мы делали поделки из фольги(начали с розочек и дошло до огромных скорпионов из фольги). Хочется чегото такого, артистичного и творческого

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Выскажусь на счёт данного мероприятия.

Мне кажется идея с шоу крутая, но проблема по моему мнению будет такая, заведения начнут придумывать новые подачи и только ради шоу.

Мне это напомнило про подачу барных коктейлей, где за счёт съедобного украшения коктейль раскрывается по новому и играет другой палитрой вкусов.

Так же интересен формат этого мероприятия , если это будет оцениваться только по видео ,то как можно будет оценить все прелести таких подач?

Если участвовать хочется придумать что-то новое и интересное, но нужно сделать это так , чтобы это осталось навсегда в заведении. И тут есть нюанс – возможно ли после шоу делать интересную подачу на постоянной основе? Возможно ли при полной посадке каждому гостю будет сделать её?

Надеюсь у вас получится провести это шоу и мы увидим интересное соревнования среди лаунджей и их мастеров.

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I believe lounges play a critical role in the future of the industry therefore it’s wonderful to see the new concept. I love how you guys can come up with creative ideas that will attract enthusiasts like me from all over the world. Much appreciated

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The competition sounds great and interesting, although I must say, each country/lounge/culture/tradition is different. I have found lounges to be more extravagant in the way they serve their shisha abroad compared to other countries. I do worry that with such an idea, it will drown out the quality of the hookah and the lounge itself, as people will be too focused on the way something is served, than how the lounge looks (which is the main focal point of this section of the competition).

Also, due to location, there are also different restrictions on tabak and shisha in general, this can also impact or make it difficult to showcase the true essence of shisha in different countries/lounge. Plus some lounges are smaller or larger than others, I agree with Morning Hookah sometimes the lounges with a larger budget will be able to do more and this may draw attention away from the quality of the hookah and lounge and distract viewers and judges from the main theme of the video entry.

Overall, I enjoy Hookah Battle and the different categories. I do think there needs to be a more even playing field though, and the idea needs to be clear to ensure lounges from all across the globe enter. This will be better for the community and also ensure more entries which will benefit the wider community 😇

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Hookah lounges and services in every city and country are very different from each other. I understand this much better with every trip I travel. For me, it is very useful to discover new interesting places and share them with people. I think it has a particularly guiding nature. It’s a great guide for people to benefit from. That’s why I follow hookah battle’s best lounge interior design contest with pleasure. Thank you very much for your contributions to the industry.

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Stan, creo que estás haciendo algo muy bueno por la comunidad de la hookah, haciendo que la gente participe y se enamore más de la cultura, muchos éxitos y no le bajes.
Felicitaciones
Saludos y un abrazo
Hookah store colombia

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Stan, this is an intriguing idea! I see a lot of potential to generate excitement and buzz around the hookah community.

The pros of this competition are clear:
Showcase Creativity: It’s a fantastic platform for lounges to show off their unique styles and creativity.

Attract New Customers: The videos could be great marketing tools, enticing new people to try out different lounges.

Industry Innovation: It could push the boundaries of what we expect from a hookah experience, leading to exciting new trends.

However, I have a few concerns:
Focus on Substance: It’s important that the competition doesn’t prioritize flashy presentations over the quality of the hookah itself. After all, the hookah is the heart of the experience. Also not scare off some lounges with no as large of a budget, if we hope to help smaller venues.

Overall, I think this concept has the potential to be a huge success, but it needs to be carefully executed to ensure that it benefits the entire community. I’m excited to see how this develops!

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We thank the Hookah Battle family for their contributions to the hookah industry. Once again, they are here with a different project. Congratulations, guys!

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В цело идею можно развивать, но не в сторону просто подачи красивого кальяна, это уже в цело хуб делали, а именно с точки зрения концепции, идеологии и новизны. Сеты, каскадка, идей может быть много)

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Всем привет!
Идея интересная безусловно, но надо четко прописать параметры оценки.
Что конкретно будут оценивать.
Ведь, энтузиаст может сделать интересную подачу на фрукте с напитком и удивительной комбинации, а крупный игрок поставить там 20 фейрверков и это будет «Вау-эффект». И снова деньги заберут победу у красоты.

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Мне нравится направление мысли автора, однако, даже приведенные примеры сложно соотнести и соизмерить, т.е. оценить в рамках одного конкурса. Может стоит расширить фокус, не ограничиваясь подачей. Номинация “WOW!-lounge” эффектные решения встречи и обслуживания гостей кальянных. Мы бы приняли участие в таком!

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Интересная идея мы тоже думали о такой подаче например прогрев чаши делать горелкой при госте , обычно я это делаю за барам , для того что бы прогреть нижний слой табака в чаше. Это эффектно выглядит . Идея такая гость может получить кальян с уже забитой чашкой на протяжении минуты но сам прогрев чашки происходит у него за столом с горелкой прогреваем по всей чаще до момента пока она не будет готова , потом раскуриваем и полаем гостю попробовать .

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