Since the late 1800s, cigars have been a symbol of success. Premium cigars are a handmade product created to offer a relaxing experience. With great ambience, premium cigars and amazing cocktail creations, these cigar smoking venues are perfect to sit back, smoke and relax.
Smokers Lounge at the Marriot Hotel, Zurich
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.
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The Cigarrum at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof Hotel in Frankfurt has the classic club atmosphere, and it specializes in rum, with over 40 quality labels, as well as cigars. The bar menu has à la carte food items, home-made chocolates, cognac, armagnacs and brandies, as well as wines served by the glass. On Wednesday nights there is live music, and tastings of chocolate, wine and cigars. The bar is open from Monday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
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Grand Hotel Cora, Florence
Grand Hotel Villa Cora, located with superb views over the Boboli Gardens from the hills outside the centre of Florence, has a well-stocked cigar room, where you can sample selected spirits and consume the finest cigars from around the world. The experience is enhanced by the hotel's truly superb interiors.
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Puro Placer Club, Madrid
Puro Placer Club (a play on words, as Puro Placer means 'pure pleasure' as well as 'cigar pleasure') is an example of smoking has managed to survive in Madrid notwithstanding EU regulations. The club has an attractive white and orange colour scheme, and the menu features wine, cocktails and champagnes. More importantly, there is a walk-in humidor where you can choose your preferred puro. The owner also runs Barquillo, a smoke shop a few steps away. C/ Prim 1, Madrid. Tel. +34 91 5214 480, www.clubpuroplacer.com. Open from 4 p.m. until the early hours. Closed Sundays.
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Casa del Habano, Milan
Strangely there are very few venues dedicated to cigars in Milan. One is Casa del Habano, a franchise run by a Cuban company that guarantees the quality of the "puros." In Milan, it is in Via Anfossi 28, which was originally a tobacconists run by a family who decided to further their passion for good cigars. The venue provides the opportunity to purchase the finest Cuban cigars. Quality is guaranteed by a walk-in humidor. Like other Casa del Habana stores worldwide, there are limited-edition and exclusive cigars from time to time. The shop also stocks St. Dupont lighters, humidors, cigar holders in carujano leather, and climate-controlled cabinets. Next to Casa del Habano there is a winebar, Bistrot Isola, open from breakfast to 1.00 a.m., including a menu for lunch and dinner, and the classic Milan happy hour.
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