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.
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.
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.