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.
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
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.
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.”
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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This comfortable lounge is the premium cigar retailer in the small affluent city of La Verne, set just a short ride east of downtown L.A. The shop is well worth the drive, as it offers an impressive 300 boxes of cigars in its walk-in humidor. These range from larger well-known brands to more boutique labels rarely stumbled across. Plush seating fills the two smoking areas, where guests can watch flat screens or simply converse and relax within the casual atmosphere. If you’re so inclined, there are also private lockers offered for rent. Lordsburg has an American retro theme we enjoy, which is cemented by the hot rod photos peppered throughout.
Lordsburg Cigar Lounge
1249 Foothill Blvd. (La Verne)
Inevitably, the time will come when you find yourself driving up the Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu. Take a minute from enjoying the gorgeous views and swing by this cool tobacco hangout. You’ll step right into a small but nicely furnished smoking area featuring a walk-in humidor, which protects quality brands like Oliva, Tatuaje, Rocky Patel, and Davidoff, to name just a few. A short hallway displaying local art leads to another smoking area with big leather couches and plasma TVs. The lounge is available for parties, and after stopping in, you might just want to share this place. The laid back beach vibe was carefully crafted with the art and real surfboard in the corner, and we think it really works! You can almost feel the sand between your toes as you puff away.
Malibu Cigar Lounge
22525 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Malibu)
Luxury rules at this members-only club, and the attention to detail is remarkable. The leather, fabric and wood that make up the comfortable surroundings make this every smoker’s ideal high-end haven. The liquor choices seem limitless as well, as are their prices. The humidor is an expansive glass enclosure, and the nameplates on the lockers read like a list of Hollywood’s “who’s who.” We met up with Daniel Marshall, whose name you recognize from his acclaimed humidors and cigars (especially that Gold Cigar!). We highly recommended Grand Havana’s delicious spicy tuna tartare
Grand Havana Room
301 N Canon Dr (Beverly Hills)
As would be expected from its Beverly Hills location, this is one of the nicest cigar lounges in the city. It’s crisply clean and styled with a perfect balance of tobacco décor and high-class furnishings. Expect a full-service experience from the moment you’re handed an iPad to choose from the numerous scotches and sipping rums available. You’ll find steeper prices all around, but you’ll understand why when you see only top quality cigar accoutrements within reach. The vibe stays refined at all times, and you’ll often rub shoulders with some of L.A.’s upper crust. Do yourself a favor and visit this classy spot for a single malt or craft beer, and of course, an ultra premium smoke.
Buena Vista Cigar CluB & lounge
9715 Santa Monica Blvd. (Beverly Hills)
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.
26 E 63rd St ( Upper East Side )
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.
156 W 56th St ( Midtown )
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)
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 )
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 )
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)
High ceilings and wall-to-wall cigars combine to give Sabor Havana’s flagship store in Doral its overthetop appeal. Over the last 10 years owners Aquiles Legra and Jorge Valdes have built solid relationships with every major cigar manufacturer and quite a few boutiques as well. As the area’s Davidoff Appointed Merchant, there isn’t a Davidoff you seek that you won’t find here. Don’t be surprised if on your visit you run into one of the cigar industry’s stars; Miami is to the cigar industry what Nashville is to country music
2600 NW 87th Ave Bay 3#
(Locations in Doral, Coral Gables & Sunset)
Selection, service and price are the hallmarks of this South Miami store. Neptune is billed as “Miami’s Largest Cigar Store,” and while the store is indeed quite large and the selection extensive, its most striking characteristic is its low prices. The staff is also extremely helpful and professional. The lounge has a comfortable mix of couches and high top tables. The store is situated on one of South Florida’s busiest thoroughfares, making it a standard spot for local businessmen to wait out traffic.
Neptune Cigars Superstore
9308 S Dixie Hwy (South Miami)
The Padróns don’t actually roll cigars in Little Havana anymore but any cigar smoker visiting Miami should drop in to check out their headquarters. If you’re a fan of their cigars, the museum wall of old photos and newspaper clippings alone is worth the visit. There’s a company store counter where you can purchase cigars and Padrón branded gear as well as a sitting area where you can enjoy said cigars. If you’re fortunate, someone will make a Cuban coffee run to get things energized.
1575 SW 1st Street (Little Havana)
When the Garcías moved out of the original but tiny El Rey de los Habanos factory in Little Havana and into their new digs in Doral, there were some who thought they’d do away with the US factory altogether. “I don’t ever plan on closing it down,” stated Don Pepín during a recent interview. “That little factory is what started it all for us.” And sure enough, you can visit the Garcías in their new digs and watch every facet of the cigar rolling, sorting, and packaging process at work!
My Father Cigars
1890 NW96th Avenue (Doral)
If your plans are to fly into MIA, head over to South Beach, and smoke cigars in flip flops with a cold beer in hand watching the talent walk by on Lincoln Road, then there is no better store to visit than Deco Drive Cigars. And if that isn’t what you had in mind when you booked your trip, then what is wrong with you? Deco serves up drinks and sandwiches, and is a Davidoff Appointed Merchant… Yes, life CAN be that good.
Deco Drive Cigars
414 Lincoln Rd (South Beach)