Cigars aren?t just for bachelor parties and congratulating new fathers. For avid fans, it?s about the entire experience: good music, good friends, good cocktails and, of course, the good cigars. In response, many cigar lounges are designed for customers to make a night of it—have a drink, stay awhile! Cigar lounges and the people who frequent them are something of a subculture—a relaxed, fun-loving crowd that likes to unwind after dinner or a show, some coming straight from their plane. These Las Vegas hot spots open their humidors for a sophisticated, satisfying cigar experience, as well as quality spirits and cocktails.
A mall may not be a place one expects to find a suave cigar bar. But tucked away in a corner of the Forum Shops at Caesars, this hangout has a distinctive old-world feel thanks to its dark-wood bar and lively indoor patio opening into the mall. Casa Fuente also serves up some of the best mojitos in town—always balanced and always a delicious, refreshing complement to a cigar. The humidor has a large selection of cigars stocked in-house, including Opus X and the proprietary Casa Fuente House Cigar and Forbidden X. Members of the Spirits Society enjoy discounts and receive invitations to exclusive tastings of rare spirits, such as Casa Fuente?s private single-barrel Jack Daniel?s. The place also boasts a celebrity cliental, including Jerry Seinfeld, who comes in after his shows at the Colosseum. 731-5051, CasaFuente.com.
La Casa de la Habana Cigars & Lounge
A private cigar club is something that James Bond might be a part of. You know, in the back room of a smoke-filled nightclub, where martinis are (however ill-advised) shaken to his liking, not stirred. But for $120 per month, you can be a part of La Casa?s private club, which includes access to a private room, complete with cigar lockers, big-screen TV and Wi-Fi. You?ll also have access to special cigar events throughout the year. Casual but elegant, La Casa de la Habana in Tivoli Village is removed from the busy Strip; there are also three Michigan locations. Thursday through Sunday, a live jazz band performs while you puff away and sip on a Cognac or single-malt Scotch. The climate-controlled walk-in humidor has a wide array of cigars with price points from lunch break to break the bank, and La Casa?s comfortable club chairs or large casual, patio are the place to enjoy them. 430 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 170, 407-1171, LaCasaDelaHabana.com.
Above chef Andre Rochat?s eponymous fine-dining French restaurant, there is a hidden gem worth discovering. If you weren?t looking for it, you might miss the high-end cigar and whiskey lounge on the second floor, nestled between private dining rooms. Don?t make that mistake twice. This classic, elegant bar features a dimly lit smoking room, with a carefully curated 40-cigar menu; most popular are the Montecristo No. 2 and Padron 80th Anniversary 1926 Perfecto. A dramatic niche bar displays an impressive bourbon and Scotch collection as well as the more than 130-Cognac and Armagnac collection for which Chef Andre is renown. Every week, this room also hosts Whiskey Wednesdays, a chance to sample up to six of the featured brand?s whiskeys for $25. In Monte Carlo, 798-7151, AndreLV.com.
Location, location, location—that?s what sets Rhumbar apart from the smoke pack, the only place on the list boasting an attractive, sizeable patio opening out to the Strip. There?s always something happening there, such as a hookah party, live DJ music or just people-watching over tropical-inspired rum cocktails. So, naturally, it?s also a lively place to sit back and enjoy a cigar. During the day, the Rhumbar patio is a more relaxed place, where you can enjoy those signature beverages, such as the Latin Manhattan or Spanish Trampoline. But at night, Rhumbar comes alive with a festive patio atmosphere as its focal point. Choose from Rhumbar?s wide array of cigars—the owners are the same as Casa Fuente—and stay for the party. In The Mirage, 792-7615, RhumbarLV.com.