Where to smoke cigars in Las Vegas

By Neil Wolkodoff

Arguably, Las Vegas is one of the best cities in the world to smoke a cigar. And even though there are now restrictions in most restaurants and some bars, you can still smoke on the casino floors and in most outdoor public places. It’s no wonder that a bevy of unique cigar shops and lounges continue to do well in Las Vegas. Just like the diversity of visitors and attractions, there is a cigar shop that appeals to just about everyone.

En Fuego is a comfortable lounge that welcomes anyone to come and smoke a cigar. En Fuego focuses on more boutique blends. For instance, regulars here are big fans of The Leaf by Oscar, which is known for coming wrapped rustically in a tobacco leaf rather than cellophane. They also have a good selection of Warped products. Alcohol isn’t allowed at the Sahara Ave. location, but you can bring your own at the Henderson location. Regardless of which location you visit, try the En Fuego house blend, which is rolled on site.

If you want something a little farther off the strip, with a bit more local flavor, then the Cigar Box is a real locals’ cigar lounge. Just west of the Strip on Dean Martin, behind Caesar’s, this is easy to get to, and you definitely come down a notch from the activity level of Las Vegas Blvd. Recently remodeled, the Cigar Box added a bar, which serves a variety of craft beer, wine, coffee, and soda. While there is an open lounge area, they also have a conference room that can be used for meetings and small events. Like their sister operation, Casa Fuente, they feature a wide cigar selection.

The Havana Cigar Lounge, while only open for seven months, has made an impact on the cigar scene due to the vision of Michael Alexander. What I like about that this establishment is that it's classically comfortable — nice chairs, a 120-inch TV, big pictures and relaxed atmosphere. The humidor has a variety of big brands as well as some things you haven’t likely heard about (Santos De Miami, La Rosa De San Diego, and Bariay, to name a few). Just soda, tea, and bottled water, but ample libations and the food is just around the corner. Since it is a mile from the strip, easy to get to and cart some sticks back to the casino.

 Guests dancing to salsa music at La Casa Cigars & Lounge in Summerlin

Guests dancing to salsa music at La Casa Cigars & Lounge in Summerlin

La Casa in Summerlin is a high-end lounge that features an incredible spirits collection combined with nightly entertainment. If there was a perfect marriage of a nightclub with a cigar bar, this is it. This operation is located in the Tivoli Village, so shopping and dining is all within an easy walk. The proximity makes for a great evening out of dining, then cigars combined with music and libations. Dance contests also occur regularly. When the weather is a little better, their two outdoor patio areas are perfect for cigars and drinks.

 The bar at Casa Fuente

The bar at Casa Fuente

Casa Fuente is one of the premier cigar lounges on the Strip, and it’s been here for over 11 years. While others are shopping at the Forum Shops, get your stogie on with a premium beverage. Casa Fuente is home to Arturo Fuente brand cigars and sports two other exclusive cigar lines in the large humidor. This is also among the premier spots for mojitos in the area, and the bar boasts over 100 whiskeys.

 

The cigar business seems to attract interesting characters, and Paul Vato, a former actor and writer is now the cigar baron of downtown. Vato Cigars is a modest sized shop within a Fremont Street casino with personal service. The smoking lounge is next door, inside Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brew. Paul Vato does some unique events, such as the cigar crawl, where you get six premium cigars, drink specials and a look inside the cigar history of Las Vegas. Despite the size, Paul has a good selection of premium cigars and also rolls his own. At 18 inches long, the “All In” cigar is sure to keep you going for more than three hours.

 The patio area at Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Bar

The patio area at Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Bar

If you want part social scene and part cigar spot, the Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Bar is more like an upscale lounge that also happens to be in the cigar business. An extensive open-air patio section with heaters beckons private parties and corporate groups in this location in the Fashion Show Mall. Also, the bar area has a nifty floor-to-ceiling ventilation system, so the non-smoker does not get overwhelmed. The bar pours craft drinks, and the humidor is small but mighty in luxury cigar offerings, from Davidoff Oro Blanco on down.


Neil Wolkodoff, PhD, is a Sport Scientist in Denver, Colorado who has worked with golfers over the last 15 years. During free time, he travels to exotic golf destinations to see how golf, culture and local geography mix with cigars in different locales. He has penned articles for Colorado Avid Golfer, Golf Digest, Everett Potter, Travel World and Golf Magazine. In his travels, he has golfed with royalty, tour professionals, the local duffer, and the occasional goat.

 

Cigars and Tampa history at King Corona in Ybor City

Thanks in large part to its location and cigar selection, King Corona has become a destination for locals and tourists alike. Unlike so many other cigar spots on Ybor City's famous 7th Avenue strip, King Corona doesn't have in-store rollers and stocks lots of the brands you're familiar with (along with its own smokes). Plus, their coffee, beer, breakfast and tapas offerings give people a reason to stop by around the clock.

Don Barco offered us a primer on the neighborhood's tobacco history and how his Tampa shop fits into that picture. 

Club Macanudo

 

In New York’s Upper East Side, you’ll find General Cigar’s Club Macanudo — a classic tribute to the luxurious side of the cigar lifestyle. You can’t ask for a more comfortable place to hang out, even if you’re not a smoker, and you’d be hard pressed to find a cigar establishment with better food and drinks to go with whatever you choose from the extensive cigar menu (which, of course includes an array of General products like Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagás, La Gloria Cubana and Hoyo de Monterrey, along with a selection of smokes from other manufacturers, like Padrón, Davidoff and La Aurora). 
For instance, you might try the 63rd Street Martini, which the club says is the best in the city. And, with the right cigar, the chocolate truffles are about as great a treat pairing as we can think of. The steaks are great, there’s a wine for every preference, the Scotch selection is outstanding, and if you’re a beer snob, you’ll want to have them pour you the house brew: Club Macanudo, Amber, ESB. 
The club often features live music and other special events, so you might want to check in with them to see what’s playing before you decide when you’ll head over — maybe you’d rather go on blackjack night than jazz night. There is a dress code here (collared shirts only for men; no sneakers, flip flops or shorts), so make sure you’re looking sharp before you walk through the door.

Club Macanudo

26 E 63rd St ( Upper East Side )
www.clubmacanudo.com

 
 

Carnegie Club

 

While the name might give the impression that it’s members only, this time warp of a smoking lounge is open to the public. They welcome all comers, so long as you show up dressed appropriately, collared shirts and slacks for men. 
There’s a small humidor with a limited selection of smokes to choose from but what really sets the club apart are the vibe (a throwback to the days of Sinatra, whose music is performed here sometimes) and the Scotch selection. “We try to cover every region, sometimes a few from each. We also have other whiskeys, bourbons, rye. But Scotch is our main thing,” said manager Scott Asbury, adding that there’s also aged rum and tequila.

Carnegie Club

156 W 56th St ( Midtown )
www.hospitalityholdings.com

 
 

SoHo Cigar Bar (Previously Circa Tabac)

 

Located in Soho, SoHo Cigar Bar prides itself on being one of the very few places in New York where you can find cigars, food and drink indoors. Their “1920s art deco speakeasy” feel, as owner Lee Ringelheim described it, probably makes this unlike any place you’ve ever lit up. Aside from well-known brands like Padrón, La Gloria Cubana and Macanudo, SoHo Cigar Bar has an array of its own private label cigars in the works, which will include a variety of traditional blends as well as some flavored offerings. Their classic cocktails include a SoHo Cigar Bar Cocktail (which is made with Glenmorangie, Tullamore Dew, orzata, lemon juice and an orange twist), Manhattans, old fashioneds, champagne cocktails, and a full menu of bourbons, ryes, champagne and wines. Another unique thing about SoHo Cigar Bar that feels ripped out of another era: the staff. Aside from being really cool chicks, the waitresses and bartenders on hand when we stopped by were a ton of fun to hang out with (and easy on the eyes in their cabaret-style getups).
“We’ve been called ‘the last bar.’ We’re not trying to be pretentious. We are a speakeasy by way of classic cocktails,” said Ringelheim.

SoHo Cigar Bar
(Previously Circa Tabac)

32 Watts St ( Soho)
www.sohocigarbar.com

 
 

Lexington Bar and Books

 

There are three Bar and Books locations in New York, with two more in Prague and Warsaw. They are among the most unique places to smoke in town. Their library-and-monkeys-themed decor is surprisingly elegant and feels like it makes perfect sense from the moment you walk in. The monkeys will put your heart at ease, but if you need more there’s always the full bar... 
“You can see at all our locations, if you go to any of our locations, you’ll see all these monkey wallpapers, chandeliers, lamps,” said manager RJ, adding with a chuckle that he doesn’t know exactly what the deal with the monkeys is.

Lexington Bar and Books

1020 Lexington Ave ( Upper East Side )
www.barandbooks.cz

 
 

The Grand Havana Room

 

This is one of two members-only Grand Havana Rooms (the other’s in L.A.). The tremendous city view and comfy lounge area make this one of the baddest places to smoke in the country, even without the full bar (which has an extensive selection of wine and champagne) and delicious food. The club regularly hosts special events like dinners, Scotch tastings and auctions.

The Grand Havana Room

666 5th Ave # 39 ( Midtown )
www.grandhavana.com

 
 

Havana Group Cigar Club

 

Tucked away in the quiet neighborhood of Miami Lakes is a little slice of cigar smoker heaven called Havana Group Cigar Club. This full service tobacconist carries a good selection of premiums and a full line of accessories, has excellent customer service, and features one of the best full-liquor cigar lounges in the state. You will not want to leave.

Havana Group Cigar Club

15458 NW 77th Ct. (Miami Lakes)
www.havanagroupcigars.com