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. 

Vendetta Men’s Apparel & Vintage Cuban Cigars

 

You read the name right. Turn back the clock to enjoy a smoke from owner Bruce Rothenberg’s collection of pre-embargo Cubans. Purchase any of those vintage Cubans and you’ll get a complimentary pour of rum. Looking for something contemporary? Their small selection includes some of today’s most popular brands as well. The shop is located in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel and the small smoking room (it seats about three) overlooks San Francisco streets with the occasional pass-ing trolley. Upgrade your wardrobe while you’re here. Vendetta’s also got a selection of fine men’s wear — including cufflinks, belts, pens, and more.

Vendetta Men’s Apparel
& Vintage Cuban Cigars


950 Mason St, San Francisco
www.vendettablu.com

 
 

Telford’s Pipe & Cigar

 

When it seems like places that embrace cigar and pipe smoking are in short supply, this shop near the north end of Richardson Bay, just minutes from Muir Woods National Monument, is the perfect place for you to join fellow puffing rebels for a smoke.Their walk-in humidor’s 20,000 cigars include an abundance of the industry’s top brands, and their knowledgeable staff will help you wade through that selection. For $700 a year, Telford’s offers a private members-only lounge with complimentary Wi-Fi, overstuffed chairs, and flat-screen TVs.

Telford’s Pipe & Cigar

664 Redwood Highway Frontage Rd.
Mill Valley
www.telfordspipeandcigar.com 

 
 

West Coast Cigars

 

You’ll find it nearly impossible not to relax and enjoy yourself here. Aside from their selection of premium cigars, the shop offers both an indoor and an outdoor seating area. Bring your own bottle, and relax outside by their fire pit, where you might find hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill nearby. Inside there are two lounges, one public and one private, and complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. Ten bucks gets you a day’s access to the private lounge, where you’ll find a pool table, dartboard, and more flat-screen TVs. The private lounge can be rented for small gatherings for a five-hour rate of $250. Coffee and tea are available as well, making this a pretty good place to get your after-breakfast cigar. 

West Coast Cigars

1650 Almaden Rd.
San Jose
www.westcoastcigars.net 

 
 

Casa Belicoso Cigar Lounge

 

East of Oakland in Walnut Creek, you’ll find Beli-coso Cigar Lounge. The walk-in humidor is filled with an array of popular lines, including an ample selection from 601 Cigars, which sponsors the private lounge here. Access to the member lounge is $10 for the day. Come here to play some pool, catch a game, or make use of their free Wi-Fi. If it’s too nice outside to be trapped indoors, enjoy your smoke in the outdoor seating area.What’s better than a great cigar lounge? A great cigar lounge that serves wine and beer, that’s what. Grab a cold brew from their menu of local beers. Don’t like smoking on an empty stomach? Make a pit stop at Saroor Indian Cuisine a block up the street

Casa Belicoso Cigar Lounge

2540 N. Main St.
Walnut Creek
www.casabelicoso.com

 
 

The Piedmont Tobacconist

 

Oakland can sometimes feel like a bustling city, but The Piedmont Tobacconist — on the corner of Glen and Piedmont — is a quaint escape from that urban pace. As you walk in, you’re surrounded by tobacciana in what looks like your favorite uncle’s man cave. The walk-in humidor is small, but packed with many familiar names, includ-ing Punch, Fuente, and Tatuaje. There is a small seating area (it fits about three) right outside the humidor. The shop also features an extensive collection of cigar accessories, pipes, and pipe tobacco. If you have an appetite, you’re in luck. Piedmont Avenue is littered with cafés and other eateries within walking distance of the store.

The Piedmont Tobacconist

17 Glen Ave.
Oakland
www.thepiedmonttobacconist.com 

 
 

Los Gatos Cigar Club

 

Los Gatos is among one of the swankiest semi-private lounges we’ve come across while put-ting these travel guides together (“semi-private” meaning that you can access the lounge with a day pass rather than needing to have a long-term membership). There are also some tables out by the sidewalk where you can enjoy your stogie. The club is a perfect escape for a smoke after a hard day’s work, and you’ll find a diverse cast of characters doing just that here on any given night. Access to the lounge will cost you just $10, though they have annual memberships that might be a better value for locals. It’s an even better value when you consider they’ve got a BYOB policy and the American bistro next door (which is actually called Nick’s Next Door) will deliver right to the lounge. 

Los Gatos Cigar Club

21 College Ave.
Los Gatos
www.lgcigars.com

 
 

Club Havana Premium Cigars

 

On the outskirts of San Jose and Santa Clara lies Club Havana Premium Cigars ( just minutes from Cupertino, which is home to Apple’s headquar-ters). The shop is lined with cabinet humidors, totaling more shelf space than some walk-ins, full of the industry’s top brands, so you’ll find some-thing that works for you. Once you’ve picked out your stogie, head to the lounge area in the back of the shop and kick back in their comfortable leather chairs. The smoking area is big enough to seat seven comfortably. There are cigar tasting events almost weekly, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to drop by for special deals. Stop in if you’re in need of a quick gift. Aside from tobacco products and accessories, Club Havana also carried some pretty cool bar items. 

Club Havana Premium Cigars

820 El Paseo de Saratoga,
San Jose
www.clubhavanacigars.com 

 
 

Ohlone Cigar Lounge

 

Pronounced oh-LOW-nee, the name is a reference to one of the area’s native tribes. It’s a simple but comfortable lounge where the staff and owners are not only informed themselves, but also make it a priority to educate smokers on the products in the humidor, be it in one-on-one interactions or through the blind tastings they host every month for members of their “HERF Club.”

Ohlone Cigar Lounge

3370 Mowry Ave.
Fremont
www.ohlonecigarlounge.com

 
 

Lil’ Havana Cigar Shop

 

Since 1994, Lil’ Havana has been serving smokers in Vacaville (which sits just east of Napa), filling every cigar lover’s needs from cigars to accessories and more. Their shop features a walk-in humidor, humidified member lockers, and a leather-furnished, Wi-Fi equipped lounge. Lil’ Havana offers the perfect escape from your hectic work week far away from the sounds and sights of San Francisco.

Lil’ Havana Cigar Shop

101 Mason St.
Vacaville
www.lilhavanacigars.com

 
 

Morgan Hill Wine Shop & Cigar Company

 

California has such a rich history with wine that it was only a matter of time before wine and cigar culture collided. At Morgan Hill in South County (just south of San Jose) you’ll find an ever-expanding selection of cigars ready to be paired with different wines, champagnes, and craft beers. Notable brands featured include Ashton, Drew Estate, Montecristo, and Tatuaje to name a few. Wine is available to be purchased by the bottle or by the glass at the bar in the rear of the shop. Up front, there’s a small lounge area where you can enjoy your favorite smoke and pairing. There’s always some kind of event going on (not that a cigar and wine night isn’t enough of an event), whether it’s their monthly poker night or wine tastings.

Morgan Hill Wine Shop & Cigar Company

17430 Monterey St.
Morgan Hill
www.morganhillcigar.com

 
 

Danville Cigar

 

More than just a cigar shop, Danville Cigar caters not only to cigar smokers, but also to lovers of wine and chocolate. As a Davidoff appointed merchant, their selection of Davidoff, AVO, the Griffin, and Zino is remarkable. There’s an outdoor seating area that can accommodate about 25 smokers. While there, you can also enjoy wine (by the glass or bottle) and confections from Lula’s Choco-lates, a chocolatier based in nearby Monterey. If you venture east of San Francisco on the Sinclair Freeway, stopping here is a must.

Danville Cigar

445 Hartz Ave.
Danville
www.danvillecigar.com

 
 

Humidor

 

Upon walking into Humidor on Battery Street, you are greeted by an impressive collection of luxury humidors on your right, and a barrage of pipes and pipe tobacco. In the rear of the shop is a gor-geous walk-in humidor with its own street view. Their location on Chestnut St. in the busy Ma-rina District offers a smaller selection than the Battery store, but still has a good variety. This is the closest premium cigar seller to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Humidor
(Two Locations)

275 Battery St. #1
San Francisco

2050 Chestnut St.
San Francisco

 
 
 

Mission Pipe Shop

 

As the oldest tobacco shop in San Jose, Mission Pipe Shop is a good bet for an elite level of exper-tise. The shop’s modest size belies its great selec-tion and the fact that they’ve got a comfortable lounge area. If you’re looking for a change of pace, try out Mission’s custom blended pipe tobaccos. If you’re in the neighborhood during the summer months, call to ask for the date of their Annual BBQ and Cigar Tasting. There’s always great food and at least one special cigar industry guest on hand. 

Mission Pipe Shop

1205 The Alameda #20
San Jose
www.missionpipe.com

 
 

Dean’s Fine Cigars

 

This small shop has a prime location on Market Street, at about the point where the Tenderloin and Financial Districts meet. The small shop features a variety of premium tobacco offerings, not limited to cigars. This is a great store to drop in on for cigars and a bottle to pair them with. Outside the walk-in humidor, the store is packed with beer, wine and spirits. If you’re feeling like a local beer, smoke one of your shorter purchases during the 20-minute walk to the 21st Amendment Brewery (just a couple of blocks from the San Francisco Giants’ home stadium, AT&T Park), where you can try their seasonal beers or any of their three year-round IPAs.

Dean's Fine Cigars

715 Market St.
San Francisco

 
 

Craft beer comes to the neighborhood cigar lounge at Wellington, Florida’s Three J’s Cigars

 

Jeremy Fedoruk walked us through the fledgling beer program at his Wellington cigar shop. After an upcoming renovation to the store, the Three J’s bar will be an idea place to enjoy pairings of stogies and craft brews in Palm Beach County.

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Three J's Cigars Smoke ShopLounge, and Wine Bar

4115 S State Rd. 7 ("At 441 & Lake Worth Rd."), WellingtonFL 33449
Phone: 567-868-5600
www.3jcigars.com 

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Tobacco World

 

If you take the short drive north on 1-75 to Marietta, you’ll come across one of the gems of metro-Atlan-ta’s cigar scene, Tobacco World. Tobacco World has an amazing selection and prides itself on having Atlanta’s largest walk-in humidor. This is not an exaggeration; the humidor is huge. It is shelf after shelf of well-known brands, little-known brands, rare one-off releases, and everything in between. We spent a solid 45 minutes just browsing and left with a couple hundred dollars’ worth of stuff we don’t normally find in our neighborhood stores.
The lounge is quite large and comfortable as well. Some lounges are tight due to space constraints; this is not one of them. With an abundance of seating available, there’s always a place for you to relax, recline and enjoy your favorite smoke

Tobacco World

Sandy Plains Connection,
700 Sandy Plains Rd
(Marietta)