Join the Club: The Oasis Hookah Lounge

Posted by Holly Whitfield | May 10th 2010 3747 0

I’ve never been the member of a private club before. Honestly, I didn’t think there were any private clubs in Memphis that weren’t country clubs.

But there I was Saturday night, standing at a counter, showing my ID, filling out a form and paying a $6 membership fee to get into the Oasis, a hookah bar near the University of Memphis.

Oasis Membership Card - Kerry Crawford Trisler

I'm a member of the club!

The Oasis isn’t really a club, so much as it is a smoking lounge. In order to get in, you have to be 18 years old and purchase a membership that’s good for one year.

Here’s how it works: choose a tobacco flavor from the Oasis’ list (they’ve got more than 50 flavors) and a number of hoses. Take a seat on one of the couches, and in a few minutes, the staff will bring a huge water pipe with long snaking hoses to you. They’ll drop a hot coal on top of a foil-wrapped packet of tobacco and give you sanitary tips for the hoses. The rest is up to you.

Hookah, The Oasis, Memphis, Tenn.

Hookah, The Oasis, Memphis, Tenn.

I shared a hookah with cinnamon tobacco with my friend Tracy. The flavor wasn’t overpowering and it went well with my cappuccino (The Oasis doesn’t serve alcohol).

The Oasis is easily one of the quietest, most laid back social spaces in Memphis. People were hanging out on the couches, smoking and talking or working on laptops. Two guys near us were having a bit of a smoke ring competition. Even though most people were smoking, they were smoking hookahs, not cigarettes, which kept the club from smelling like a bar at last call.

The Oasis is open from 12 p.m. – 1 a.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 12 p.m.  –  3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. It would make a great late-night work spot, as it’s open later than all of the other coffee shops in Memphis.

Go There:

The Oasis

663 South Highland Street
Memphis, TN 38111
(901) 405-3011

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Nathan says:

    are you a smoker kerry?

  2. Ken says:

    Glad to hear you aren’t planning to make a habit of it, Kerry! People often think its safe because the smoke is “filtered” through water, but actually users get exposed to even more nicotine, carbon monoxide, and carcinogens than from cigarettes. We’re conducting research on hookah at U of M. I’ve been enjoying your website: first about it when you were on the Memphis Mystery Train during pledge drive.

  3. Sheena says:

    Is this the only hookah lounge in Memphis? Do you know of any that serve alcohol? Thanks!

    • The Oasis doesn’t serve alcohol, though they’ve got a location inside Minglewood Hall called Oasis Liquid that does.

      There’s another hookah bar called the Smoking Caterpillar on Madison, but I’m not sure if they serve alcohol or not.

  4. Allen says:

    new oasis location, Oasis Liquid, 1557 Madison Ave Inside Minglewood Plaza, does serve beer and allows you to bring your own wine

  5. We were all very full from the meal and decided to skip dessert and opt instead for a
    Lebanese coffee. Picture it, moist pieces of Chicken marinated in
    lemon and spices, served with cous cous,vegetables and with a light drizzle
    of vegetable broth. Other smokers just like the fact they can choose from a large number of different flavors.

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