Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How much does a shisha cost? 

A shisha with tobacco by the brand “el Fakher” costs 20 Euros, and the premium brand costs 25 Euros. These are tobaccos of a guaranteed quality, as are the shishas themselves which are made by “Sahara Smoke” and imported from the United States. You can find cheaper shishas in Barcelona, but in a lot of places the quality is not necessarily guaranteed, the taste and smoke does not last long and – especially in the case of places that use the “quick burn” artifical coal – you should be careful when smoking such shishas. Whereas many places charge you for the coal refills, in our case these are included in the price.

How long does a shisha last and can I share it? 

A smoke can last up to about 1.5 hours, maintaining the freshness of the flavour. Our team will frequently pass by to renew your coal and ensure you have the smoothest smoke possible. A shisha can definitely be shared between a few people, in fact that’s the most fun part of it 🙂

What type of coal do you use at Ziryab?

We use natural coconut coal, which is the best and healthiest type of coal to use. It does not affect the taste of the shisha and is not made with chemical products.

How old do I have to be to smoke the shisha? 

By law you need to be 18 years old to smoke. If you are accompanied by someone of 25 years of more, we consider this person as a guardian and you are welcome to enter the bar. We may ask you for ID.

Is it true that those who work at Ziryab are deaf? 

Yes! Totally true. In fact it’s part of the charm of the place, as there’s unlikely to be any other shisha lounge in the world with this peculiarity! You can practise your sign language, or even perhaps ask the waiters to tell you how to say “thank you”, “it’s very good” or “I need more coal please!”, in sign language. Our waiters are Catalan local deaf persons, overall, however every now and then we have deaf people from all over the world who do internships with us, so between them usually they will be able to understand English if you want to write something down! As one of the owners of Ziryab is deaf, this is an important aspect for us, to ensure we give opportunities for deaf people to work in the sector of bars and restaurants, and also to provide a service in sign language for deaf people who visit from all over the world. This is also the reason we do not have telephones in our bar.

Can I make a reservation for the shisha lounge? 

Unfortunately we don’t accept reservations at the lounge, only at the restaurant which is about 5 minutes walk away! The Lounge is a small place, and we can’t allow tables to stay empty waiting for a reservation while customers are waiting for tables. For special occasions, of course, you can reserve the whole lounge for your group, as long as it’s in the afternoon any time up to 6pm.

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