Proof Positive that the Cigar Smoking Culture is Alive and Well in Vegas
There used to be a time when no one really cared if the guy at the next table pulled on a cigar while sipping his scotch. Or if they did, they knew that they either dealt with it or went home. That all changed in 2007 with the passing of some laws about clean air and food, and the after dinner cigar smoking event was suddenly up in smoke. Luckily, some places chose fine tobacco over fine dining, and there are still places on the strip where lighting up a stogie is well within your rights.
Andre’s Cigar Lounge
Renowned celebrity chef Andre Rochat is one who just changed gears and created a lounge apart from the restaurant. With its own ventilation system, guests are free to choose something light from the humidor and relax in Andre’s Cigar Lounge. Located on the top of his French restaurant at the Monte Carlo, you can get to the lounge using a small elevator or discreet staircase. Yes this is like entering a secret men’s society, where the refined sit around a crackling fireplace with a glass of aged cognac in one hand and a hand rolled Fuente in the other. Not only are there over 40 different cigars to choose from, the bar has an impressive collection of cognacs and whiskies to choose from. Sultry and sophisticated, Andre’s caters to the cigar smoking elite.
Close to the main entrance of the Mirage is Rhumbar, which likes to pair its cigars with rum. With an obvious tropical feel, you can almost hear the ocean crashing behind you as you work your way through a latin manhattan and hand rolled cigar. Or maybe that is just too many of the single barrel rum-laced drinks crashing in your head. There are over 50 distinct rums that are used to make enticing Caribbean-like cocktails to suit any style. Rhumbar is not quiet sophistication, but rather an afternoon at a trendy Cuban club.
Take a draw from a premium Fuente after maxing out Visa in Caesar’s Forum Shops. Casa Fuente is the only one of its kind in the world, acting both as a retail outlet for the premier cigar brand, and lounge to smoke them in. Hand made in the Dominican Republic, the Fuente name has become as revered in the cigar world as Havana. The setting is almost surreal as you light up a $100 dollar cigar, smack you lips on Hennessey, and watch the hordes of tourists as they shop ‘til they drop inside of the Roman themed mall. An hour at Casa Fuente is the eclectic “only in Vegas” experience.
There is no law strong enough to hold a good cigar down for long, even international embargos. Vegas is overflowing with bars and lounges, but there are only a select few that dares to pair your cocktail with a small ring of top quality blue smoke.
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