Despite the bachelor-party culture and celebration of vices, Las Vegas is suspiciously lacking on bars and lounges dedicated to cigars. You see men walking down the street with them and blackjack players taking a puff, but if you want to go somewhere specifically designed for smoking with like-minded cigar lovers, you’ll have to hunt around. Lucky for you, I already put on my camo garb and tracked down the best of the best!
The Montecristo cigar bar, which has only been open a few months, has quickly become the number one spot for cigar aficionados in Las Vegas. Its convenient location (right inside Caesars Palace) and massive space (4,000 square feet with four distinct areas) pale in comparison to its selection and the experts waiting to help you make the right choice.
The Montecristo boasts one of the largest humidors in the city – the 400-square-foot space can hold up to 1,000 cigars – and a top-notch ventilation system ensures guests have a comfortable visit in any of the four available rooms (the Library, the Courtyard, the Vault Room, and the Signature Bar). The bar, with space for 100, offers bar-top gambling and a number of custom cigar/spirit pairings.
If you are looking to host a private event, the coveted Vault Room holds just ten and can cater to an intimate cigar- or whiskey-tasting experience. Cigar brands like Romeo Y Julieta, H. Upmann, Padron, and a variety of others are on hand at Montecristo, which has been nominated for Playboy’s Best Bars 2016 Awards.
Located inside the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Andre’s Restaurant and Cigar Lounge isthe Strip’s only restaurant with a built-in cigar bar. The cigar selection isn’t as vast as those boasted by competitors, but there are plenty to chose from in all price ranges. Plus, the extensive wine list more than makes up for any shortcomings in cigar choice. (An adjacent wine cellar houses 15,000 vintages.)
The most popular cigar selections are the Monte Cristo #2 and Padron 80th Anniversary 1926 Perfecto, served with one of more than 130 cognacs, some from as early as 1802. The cigar bar is best visited by a group of two to four, and the Happy Hour and Whiskey specials are worth checking out.
If you are interested in more than just smoking and drinking, Andre’s is also known for its fine-dining French restaurant which features classics like Dover Sole, Maine Lobster Thermidor, Black Peppercorn Crusted Filet, and Seared Duck Breast.
There was a time that Casa Fuente was basically the only place in Vegas dedicated to an exceptional cigar smoking experience. That is no longer the case, but it has withstood the test of time and remains one of the best in the city after ten years.
The humidor has a great selection and the service is excellent, but this is definitely the cigar bar to visit if the alcohol experience is as valuable to you as the smoking. Casa Fuente was the first place in North America to personally select and import its own barrel of Kavalan Sherry Cask Strength Whiskey, and it is currently featured alongside Jack Daniel’s Casa Fuente Single Barrel Whiskey. Everything from the Peach and Chipotle Margarita and Tangerine Mojito is worth a taste.
In honor of the location’s tenth anniversary, patrons can get ten-percent off the cigar of the month and all visitors on the 15th of any month (the anniversary date) will receive the famous Casa Fuente Mojito for $10.
Featured photo credit: Caesars Entertainment
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