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June 30, 2010

Queen's Hookah replaces El Basha

queen's hookah!Remember El Basha, the cute but ill-fated hookah bar on the 200 block of East Baltimore Street?

It's morphed into Queen's Hookah, according to Midnight Sun tipster kateebee.

Queen's Hookah has new owners, kateebee confirmed, and now looks smokin' hot. Pun!* Also, the window dressings are nicer and the interior looks improved. 

The new incarnation is BYOB until tomorrow (sorry for the late notice, drinkers), and is "18 to party, 21 to drink." ...

Regardless of the changes, Queen's Hookah is still at an awful location, where any business -- especially one that's relying on foot traffic -- would have a tough time. I hate to be all doom-and-gloom, but that's probably what caused the rollover in the first place.

"This is the sketchiest block on the planet, though, so I really don't think it will be able to compete with the places down in Fed. Hill," kateebee wrote in her e-mail. "Just my two cents."

*kateebee really wanted me to use the phrase "smokin' hot" in there somewhere. Wish granted.

(Photo courtesy of kateebee)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:40 AM | | Comments (7)


I was nearly mugged on that block at about 10:00 am several years ago. That block IS a super sketchy location.

Well, regardless of their location I wish them best of luck.

Do you know what kind of tobacco they serve and in what hookahs?

Sweet- I have a hookah bar! And I didn't even know it.

@Queen_Colleen -- Snoop also name checks you in that Katy Perry song:

bikinis zucchinis martinis no wienies ... just the king and the queenie

Someone was killed there last night. I hate to be all doom-and-gloom, but I guess you were right, Sam.

It only took 2 days from this posting for someone to get killed here. Awesome.

Update from The Block - Handwritten sign posted on the door since Monday saying that they are "Under in house repair" and they will re-open soon.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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