Smoking bans, escalating taxes and negative press on tobacco make it hard to find a bar in the City of Brotherly Love where one can have a drink while enjoying a good cigar. Cigar bars and lounges are a refuge for those who simply want to enjoy some prime tobacco with friends or over business. For cigar lovers, this means mingling with other enthusiasts as well as having the opportunity to stock up on premium smokes. In Philadelphia, whether it’s closing a business deal over a cigar and drink or a night out on the town mingling with like-minded cigar aficionados, these five cigar bars are tops.
Adesso Cigar Bar and Lounge
1519 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Adesso Cigar Bar and Lounge on Walnut Street exudes class and upscale ambiance. With live music, a well-appointed wine bar and perfectly mastered drinks, the option to smoke your cigars indoors is merely icing on the cake. Patrons rave over the food and the friendly and accommodating servers. Staff are happy to help guests properly pair their cigar with just the right drink, from beer to Porto wine or a martini.
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Ashton Cigar Bar
1522 Walnut St., 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Ashton Cigar Bar is located in Philadelphia’s Center City neighborhood on the second floor of the Walnut Street building that also houses Holt’s Cigar Company, the oldest cigar store in the City of Brotherly Love. Serving up fine cigars and spirits, Ashton’s provides an impressive selection of both – with 200 premium cigars, 400 spirits including 250 whiskeys, and an assortment of specialty cocktails. The cigar company is a Philadelphia-based, family-owned business, providing premium cigars handmade in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Don’t worry about thick clouds of smoke hanging in the air at this modern-day speakeasy, where state-of-the-art air purifiers help patrons breathe easy.
250 W. Ridge Pike
Limerick, PA 19468
Cigar Goose was founded by the cigar enthusiasts who pride themselves on the Montecristo lounge in Pennsylvania, where they share their love of cigars with others. Their lounge adheres to a membership format and offers a variety of levels, from silver to gold and platinum. Cigar Goose sports a humidor with over 600 open boxes of Montecristos and boutique brands highlighted by the Goddess brand.
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161 W. Dekalb Pike
King of Prussia, PA 19406
This King of Prussia venue is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Cigar Mojo prides itself on providing excellent customer service in one of the most unique and enjoyable cigar-centric scenes in the Philly area. The club-like luxury smoking lounge is open to shop patrons during regular business hours, and there is also a private membership lounge open 24/7 that allows for BYOB and personalized cigar lockers – humidified, of course. Cigar Mojo offers up a wide selection of cigars, ranging from the major brands to boutique.
Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Cigar Lounge
95 S. Eagle Road
Havertown, PA 19083
The Wooden Indian Tobacco Shop and Cigar Lounge in Havertown carries fine, hand-rolled imports as well as a number of popular domestic brands of cigar. Guests can shop the large walk-in humidor and browse the shop’s selection of tobacco products including specialty cigarettes, pipes and smoking accessories, pipe tobacco and smokeless tobacco. With the goal of promoting cigar culture through education and providing a friendly place that is conducive to smoking, this venue also offers activities and events during the year for patrons, such as an annual holiday dinner. Guests can download an app to learn about upcoming events and activities, like a create your own humidor workshop.
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