In this day of negative sentiment towards smoking you might be inclined to think that the cigar lounge would be a dying breed. As bars, restaurants, and public spaces alike ban smoking, brothers of the leaf (BOTL) find sanctuary in their local cigar lounge.
As a frequent traveler, I find myself in the position of getting to experience the character of these fine establishments all over the world. This then is my ode to the character, and characters, of the places I have encountered along the way.
Boisdale of Canary Wharf
15 Cabot Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 4QT, UK
Last visited: July 2, 2017
There are several Boisdale locations around London, all of which are smoker friendly. The Canary Wharf location features a plush, enclosed, lounge where you can get high-end food, drink, and cigars. The Scottish decor begs a single malt pairing. An attendant will see to your every need along the way.
Cigar Bar and Grill
850 Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94133
Last visited: April 24, 2018
Cigar smoking, food, and liquor in downtown San Francisco, CA? You bet! Formally a restaurant with live music, salsa lessons, and more, attached to an open-air, heated, patio. The food is really good, if a little on the expenseive side. And the same could be said for the small humidor.
Cigars at No. 10
10 Manchester St, Marylebone, London W1U 4DG, UK
Last visited: July 17, 2017
Technically a hotel, with an outstanding restaurant, there is a small-ish, but very comfortable outdoor smoking area (COSA) in the back. The area is heated, with a privacy screen for your pleasure. The staff is very attentive, and highly trained. They will escort you to their humidor, which is well-stocked with a large assortment of Cuban cigars. Just be prepared for the bespoke price tag.
Havana Cigar Lounge
4850 W Flamingo Rd #18, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Last visited: February 21, 2018
On a rare, rainy, late afternoon in Las Vegas, I slipped off the strip to Havana Cigar Lounge. The doors at the front and the back of the store were propped open. A cool breeze drifted through keeping the air fresh. The humidor was lightly stocked, but had a respectable variety. The host popped in a video showcasing James J. Fox in London - another lounge in this list.
1008 Howard St, Omaha, NE 68102
Last visited: September 6, 2018
The Old Market in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, is a trendy, night-life destination pretty much any day of the week. Nestled on the brick-lined main street, is Havana Garage, where you can have a cigar, choose from a wide variety of alcoholic beverages, and people watch the night away. Well stocked, if a little pricey, humidor in the basement.
James J. Fox
19 St James's St, St. James's, London SW1A 1ES, UK
Last visited: August 26, 2017
Do you like a churchill? Would you like to sit in the chair, in the lounge, where Winston Churchill would visit for a cigar? Welcome home! With a cigar museum, fantastic selection and service, and a spacious lounge, it is hard to beat the historic pleasure of James J. Fox.
10449 S Parker Rd, Parker, CO 80134
Last visited: All the time
Veteran owned and operated, I consider Slo Burn to be my "home" lounge. If you are ever on the south side of Denver, drop on by, and you will likely find me here. Public seating in the front, private lounge with stocked minibar in the back. Televisions and leather recliners all around. Sizable walk-in humidor with a wide selection.
5435 Boatworks Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
Last visited: Every Thursday
Probably the most well-known cigar lounge in the Denver metro, where the humidor has a large selection and the best prices in town. The front of the store is open to the public and has a dozen or so leather seats for your smoking pleasure. The members lounge has another two-dozen leather seats. Special events abound, usually with free food. Just watch out that Quang does not steal your stick.
6870 S Rainbow Blvd #118, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Last visited: February 22, 2018
What?! You go to Las Vegas and you head to a shop off the strip? Yes. Yes I do. The tiled room in the back with a dozen or so leather chairs is a perfect escape from the constant barrage of casino noise. A lengthy, and well-categorized, humidor runs along the length of most of the store where you are sure to find a stick of your liking.