Russia is a big country, so there are almost 12 thousand hookah lounges in it despite the consequences of the pandemic and hard laws.
The average price of a regular hookah in a lounge at today's rate is $15. Pay attention to the water in the bulb — in Russia you can find hookahs on milk, tea, wine and whatever else a hookah master will find in the refrigerator. And this most often costs extra. So this is an ordinary hookah, an ordinary bowl and water in a bulb.
You probably know what I mean. Fruits are used instead of a clay bowl: tobacco is put in grapefruits, pineapples, apples, pomegranates and the entire fruit market. Of course, it costs almost twice as much — and this is for a regular hookah on grapefruit. If you want to have two bowls of tobacco made for you at once on one pineapple, it's much more expensive.
So-called "signature hookahs" are for people who want something special or really wish to impress someone. This category is divided in two: we have signature mixes — the tobacco is put in a bowl using a special technique, or, more often, the mix is a unique blend of certain brands and flavors, and cocktail hookahs — the bulb is filled with fruit, syrups, ice or even flowers, so it becomes a form of art on its own. Naturally, such hookahs cost more than a basic one — one might even double the price.
Next there are top-10 of the tobacco brands used in lounges. No imported brands even made it to the top-10, so we can safely say that Russian tobacco dominates the lounges just as much as wholesale and retail trade.
But pay attention — the lounges top brands and top brands of the market are different. In hookah lounges, products for hookah gourmets are more common, but they are less interesting for the ordinary consumer.