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Want To Open Your Own Hookah Bar?
Nowadays, the trend of opening a shisha bar is expeditiously growing. You will get to see modern and funky shisha lounges on every corner of the city. Many of these shisha lounges get closed within a year because of lack of resources and knowledge. A shisha owner must have proper guidance and awareness of the some of the essential tips before opening a shisha lounge in the city. Remember, a shisha bar offers more than exotic tobacco flavours and thrilling music.
We have shared some of the fundamental tips that a person should know before settling a shisha lounge in their city.
Knowledgeable and High-quality staff:
These type of service industries require top-notch quality staff. A shisha bar demands attentive and knowledgeable staff who are well aware of shisha products and hookah accessories. The team who knows shisha set-ups, coal refuelling, and suggests to customers which tobacco flavors to try. The team that is fast and good at establishing reports is the preferred staff to most of the shisha bar owners.
Politeness, knowledge, and presentation are the three significant qualities that a shisha owner should want. Also, it is essential for a team to maintain a friendly relation with customers.
Shisha Bar Music:
A shisha night can’t be complete without good music. To engage more customers, many of the shisha bars are giving their customers a say in the music playing. You just have to vote your pre-approved playlist song on mobile jukebox apps, and the DJ would play one of your favourite songs, the best part is you don’t have to leave your seats.
This trend is gaining popularity in hookah bars as compared to the conventional song jukeboxes. It is amazing how a mobile and social media component can help you in settling a good brand image of your lounge.
Make sure you are not providing an opportunity to your customers to leave your shisha bar just because of poor ambience. Smoking hookah is a social activity, so choose your lounge interior accordingly. Common decor themes include Egyptian, Middle Eastern, and Bohemian themes. Prefer dark walls, mixed and colorful patterns, dim lights, big soft pillows and create a cozy atmosphere which encourages your customers to stay. Generally, many people love to arrive in groups, so make sure your lounge has ample space to handle large crowds, and you can create intimate booths and circular tables for them, where they can sit and have fun – the longer they stay, the more food and drinks they will order and the more business you will have. Hope you won’t face a tough time getting them to leave, but better to be the bar that stays open late than the one that closes early.
A vast collection of Tobacco Flavors:
Ensure your shisha bar has a healthy tobacco menu from the fruit flavor to mint to florals. It is an astounding way to brand your image. The more you offer to your customers, the more it compels them to come back and taste the remaining flavours. Do not be afraid to purchase new flavours and ask your customers for a review of what they are smoking!
To make it more appealing, ask your customers to allow you to add ice or flavoured water to shisha to enhance the experience.
Happy Hookah hours and discounts:
Who doesn’t like to get discounts on weekdays or busy days? Well, everybody loves a discount. Offer great deals on specific hookah flavours or bundles of drinks and of course on food. Encourage non-hookah users to come with their hookah friends. Have a new flavour as a special everyday with its own discount. Additionally, it is an exceptional way to reach new customers and give them a chance to try new flavours that they might not want to pay full price for because they are not sure if they would like it or not.
Tea has become a new and trendy drink to serve with hookah; it enhances the flavour and keeps the throat smooth. Veteran hookah lovers prefer to have tea with their hookah. Mint and Jasmine are the two enticing tea flavours that accompany shisha lovers.
The patio is Must:
An outdoor patio is a great place. It offers the customers to smoke outside with the fresh air and proper ventilation. And if the weather is chill, plan a bonfire!
Shisha lounges have now become the perfect destination for smokers and non-smokers. In shisha bars, one can enjoy good music, spend a good time with their friends and can escape the typical club or sports bars scene. Well, these are some of the essential tips that a shisha owner must know before starting a shisha bar in the city.
About the Author
Karan is a blogger, a travel freak, gadgets junker and enthusiast. He roams all over the world with his dog “Dodo”. He is a food lover and works as a freelancer. He has written this blog for Shisha Local.