These days, smoking a cigar in LA is no easy feat due to the city’s prohibitions. Nonetheless, a handful of local spots still allow cigar connoisseurs to take pleasure in their favorite smoke. Here, we round up five top cigar lounges for LA gents.
Montecristo, Davidoff 2000, and Alec Bradley Prensado are just some of the cigars offered at the SLS Beverly Hills hotel’s Bar Centro. Enjoy it best with the imaginative tapas offered like Japanese tacos, gazpacho, and eggplant tempura by lauded Chef José Andrés. Whether you pop in after work or for a nightcap, Bar Centro promises a good time for cigar-loving LA gentlemen.
State Social House
Cigar enthusiasts will come to State Social House for its small, but mighty cigar offerings (think Padron Imperial Maduro, Havana Honeys, hookas, and much more), but will stay for the food, drinks, and live piano music. Situated on the always bustling Sunset Strip, the rustic gastropub’s The Backroom is dedicated to those who want to sit back, relax, and smoke cigars freely while sipping beer and digging into comfort food favorites like burgers, pizza, mac & cheese, buffalo wings, and tater tots.
As soon as you step into this luxe speakeasy-inspired Cuban rum bar, brought to you by nightlife impresarios Mark and Jonnie Houston of Houston Hospitality, you’ll be transported to Havana. LA gents can don their best sports coat layered over a button down dress shirt and head here to puff on Cuban cigars, throw back rum cocktails, and enjoy a racy burlesque performance.
Grand Havana Room
Established in 1995, this mainstay members-only Beverly Hills cigar club oozes with elegance and sophistication. A private elevator takes cigar aficionados up to a secret smoking haven. The club’s shinning moment is its glassed-in humidor room replete with floor-to-ceiling wood lockers inscribed with the names of LA’s elite cigar lovers. Find rare cigars here such as Fuente’s Opus X and La Gloria Cubana.
With its cool masculine ambiance, taxidermy décor, dim lighting, and plush seats, this sexy downtown hotspot is where LA fellas can go to light up a cigar and kick back. The bar is known for its extensive whiskey offerings, so ordering the libation neat, on the rocks, or as an Old Fashioned is a must. Friendly games of pool, along with live jazz and blues performances (Sunday through Thursday), will round off an epic night out.
- Source: LA Confidential Photo: LA Confidential Magazine