Our New Flame

Rathna Singh lights up the room as Casa Fuente’s new Embajadora de la Casa

She’ll match you up with the perfect Arturo Fuente cigar. She’ll cut it, light it, pair it with a scotch and enhance your smoke with her mere presence. Lighting Casa Fuente’s fire like no other, the vivacious Rathna Singh is stepping into her new role as Embajadora de la Casa and her only goal is your smoke-filled satisfaction. 

The captivating Singh, 28, has been a prominent member of the Casa Fuente family since she arrived in Las Vegas five years ago, joining the team in time for the cigar bar’s opening. Recognized for turning business relationships into friendships with each customer, Singh is now responsible for the Havana-inspired haven’s welcoming and family-like atmosphere. “People call me to make sure I’m here when they’re here,” she says. “Even if it’s my off day, I’ll come in and sit down, entertain and have a cocktail.”

Casa Fuente, at the Forum Shops at Caesars, offers cigar aficionados an indoor patio, the perfect spot to people-watch as they puff. “We have regulars that stop by Casa Fuente before checking into their hotel,” Singh says. That Casa Fuente is the only retailer licensed to carry Arturo Fuente’s custom “Casa Fuente” cigar and is the only Arturo Fuente-branded store in the world makes it an even more premier destination. Some guests even say they’ve come to Vegas just to visit the store.

Cigar bar though it may be, Casa Fuente completes the guest experience with a bespoke, cigar-friendly cocktail program. Casa Mojitos—the on-demand delight, available in traditional, peach, tangerine and seasonal fruits—are so popular that other cocktails are all-too-often forgotten. Singh’s favorite, a fabulous femme fix, is the Killer’s Kiss. “It’s a little tart, light and refreshing, made of grapefruit and vodka,” she informs, not forgetting to tack on a cigar pairing: “With that I’d mix an Ashland or a Diamond Crown.”

Where There’s Smoke …

An instant guide to cigar-friendly drinking in Las Vegas:

  • Rhumbar: More than 50 cigars are paired with handcrafted Latin-inspired cocktails served on a lush tropical patio that welcomes cigar aficionados. At The Mirage, RhumbarLV.com.
  • Petrossian Lounge: Take
    in the bustle of the Bellagio lobby from Petrossian’s plush, relaxing environs. It’s open ’round the clock and offers
    11 varieties of smoke, from the Hemingway Short Story ($16) to the Fuente Fuente OpusX ($80). Bellagio.com.
  • La Havana Cigar Bar:
    An entirely bustle-free evening awaits along the serene shores of Lake Las Vegas, where La Havana serves up its own hand-rolled cigars along with more than 500 varieties of wine. HavanaSmoke.com.

For men, she suggests Carlito’s Way (Absolut Vanilla, Kahlua and espresso) as the perfect match for a full-bodied cigar such as the OpusX or Forbidden. (One of Casa Fuente’s best-kept secrets is that, when a box of Forbidden is purchased, a percentage of the sale benefits children in the Dominican Republic). 

Every weekend hundreds of guests drift in and out for a smoke session, but Casa Fuente expects even higher traffic with the November launch of its weekly soiree, Spirits and Scotch Society, which comes complete with a DJ spinning salsa and meringue. Cigar fanatics also inevitably find their way to the humidor while in town for the annual Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke event, which takes place Nov. 12-14 at the Venetian.

But the most anticipated day for the Casa Fuente family falls on Oct. 29, when Señor Carlito Fuente himself returns to his home away from home, to conduct a signing, meet fans and indulge alongside guests in their favorite cigars and cocktails.

“People are fanatics,” Singh says of Señor Fuente’s celebrity. “Carlito is like the president.”

But like Singh he, too, has the ability to put people at ease while also putting them into one of his famed cigars, smiling broadly and mustachioed from under one of his ubiquitous his wide-brimmed hats (available for purchase at Casa Fuente, of course). “And he always tells me, ‘Princess, I’m just a humble cigar-maker.’”