Cigars are like good wines. Speaking to cigar aficionados, you immediately realize that they refer to their passion as if theyàre talking about their latest watch collection or their wines stored away in their private cellar. Each great wine needs the right ambience and of course the right accessories to accompany it and the same goes for cigars. There are few things more enjoyable and relaxing than smoking a fine cigar in front of an open fire or after an excellent dinner with a glass of great wine or cognac.
Smokers Lounge at the Marriott Hotel
Traditionally a business hotel, the Marriott’s smoker’s lounge is the ideal place to relax after a busy day. A look into the 48-pages bar menu includes the most amazing cocktail creations, fine red and white wines, old whiskies and the best champagnes, to name just a few of their specialities. The interior is modern but scattered with old-fashioned leather furniture and chesterfield chairs, reminiscent of the typical smokers’ lounges around the world; the ambience is always cosy and elegant.
LUXOS Recommends: A bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal 2002
Zurich Marriott Hotel Neumuelquai 42 CH 8006 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 3607 070 www.marriott.com
AURA Bar and Smokers Lounge
The choice here is extensive, from Davidoff, Cohiba, Montecristo or Romeo and Julieta and many more, including some bespoke cigars. It is not hard to see why AURA is appreciated by cigar aficionados far and wide. Whichever you select make sure you have correct drink to accompany your cigar: try the Hoffmann Vodka or a glass of Monkey 47 Gin. If champagne and wine is more your thing, try a ‘Special Bellini’ or a glass of red wine from Kappa Rosso.
LUXOS Recommends: A Davidoff cigar Grand Cru N1 with a glass of Krug Grand Cuvée
AURA Group AG Bleicherweg 5 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 448 1 144 www.aura-zurich.ch
Tao’s Restaurant, Lounge and Bar
Just a few minutes from Paradeplatz, this lavish cigar house, with its oriental decoration, is famous for its legendary soirées, enjoyed by guests who want to dance the night away, enjoy the supreme cocktails, and sample the finest cigars following the lavish East-meets-West dinner menu.
LUXOS Recommends: The dessert selection with a cigar and a glass of cognac
Tao’s Restaurant, Lounge and Bar Augustinergasse 3 CH 8001 Zurich Tel. +41 (0)44 4481 122 www.taos-lounge.ch