Sure you’re in town for the Big Smoke, but Las Vegas offers some of the best cigar lounges in the nation off the beaten path. Which should you visit?
You’ve made it to Las Vegas for the Big Smoke 2016 – welcome to Sin City.
As you take part in the adult trick-or-treating that is the formal Big Smoke event, like any cigar aficionado you love visiting local lounges to get a flavor of the local cigar culture. Las Vegas is full of great lounges with friendly, knowledgeable proprietors and colorful characters that call it home. Why not visit our top five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke?
But where do you go? If you’re adventurous enough to leave the resort corridor of the Las Vegas Strip (which, by the way isn’t in the City of Las Vegas – it’s in a town called Paradise), here are five local lounges worth the journey outside the hustle-and-bustle of tourist hell.
Besides enjoying great cigars and great locations throughout the city, escaping to these lounges really helps you meet and explore the rich cigar culture in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas boasts a metropolitan population of over 2 Million residents and it’s growing rapidly for the first time since the Great Recession of 2008. As such, the cigar culture and selection of lounges is increasing as more and more shops are popping up all over the city. Here are five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke:
Cigarbox (4046 Dean Martin Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89103) – Our first of our five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke is owned by famed cigar purveyor Micheal Frey (who also owns interests in Casa Fuente and Montecristo Cigar Bar), the reopened lounge is perhaps the nicest, and most inviting local lounges in the entire city. After closing their old location just a few miles north, the Cigarbox is back with a lounge complete with wine, beer and coffee bar. The humidor is spacious and stocks a full array of Padron, Opus X, and other premium brands. The lounge is spacious and comfortable and the prices – even on high end sticks – is hard to beat. Also, ask for Jason when you stop by. He’s one of the biggest brains on the planet when it comes to cigars. Hours: M-F, 10a-6p; Sat: 10a-4p. Phone: (702) 405-5755.
En Fuego Cigars & Lounge (328 W Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89102) – En Fuego Cigars & Lounge is one of the most visited and renowned lounges in the city. Right off The Strip, near the famed Golden Steer Steakhouse (Where Frank, Sammy, Dean and the boys used to dine), the lounge’s rustic atmosphere filled with local cigar characters is hard to beat. Owner Michael Abdoulah is one of the funniest and most genuine guys you’ll meet in all of Nevada. En Fuego has cigar rollers on hand and their house cigars are phenomenal. While there isn’t any alcohol, Michael and his staff will make you a free espresso while you smoke. En Fuego also has a location in the suburb of Henderson if you find yourself in that area of the city as well. They also boast the city’s top selection of boutique premium cigars and are eager to help you select the one that’s right for you and your group. Chances are you might run into local or national celebrities who also frequent En Fuego. Hours: M-T, 9a-10p; F, 9a-11p; Sat. 10a-11p; Sun. 10a-6pm. Phone: (702) 384-9262.
Havana Cigar Lounge (4850 W. Flamingo Road, #18, Las Vegas, NV 89103) – Home to the Alec Bradley Big Smoke 2016 Kickoff party, Havana Cigar Lounge is one of the newest entries into our five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke. Opened in July 2016 by owner Michael Alexander, the lounge has ample seating and classic cigar lounge décor. We’re particularly fond of the massive Al Pacino Scarface photo that adorns its back wall. Alexander did a great job building out the most relaxing lounge in the city. His humidor is stocked with favorites and some lesser-known boutique brands worth your time. Havana sells premium coffee, sodas, iced tea and water. It’s also near some of the best bar food in Las Vegas at the Inn Zone tavern just a few doors down. Alexander is a pure cigar lover and the lounge is a great reflection of his passion. Hours: M-Th, 10a-10p; Fri-Sat: 10a-11p; Sunday, 10a-10p. Phone: (702) 960-4444.
La Casa Cigars & Lounge (430 S. Rampart Blvd., Suite 170, Las Vegas, NV 89145) – La Casa is on the high end of local lounges with top shelf scotch, bourbon, scotch, wine and craft beers – oh, and they have great cigars too! This is our selection that’s the furthest of the five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke. La Casa Cigars & Lounge also has top-notch live music – from jazz to salsa – and a beautiful setting inside the luxurious Tivoli Village shopping center. Known for its popular tasting/pairing and educational events, it’s surrounded by gourmet restaurants which means you can have a great meal first and then enjoy drinks, music and cigars until the wee hours. It has two ample outdoor patios for nice times of the year like now for you to enjoy your stick. Enjoy premium brand cigars and their own 20 Minutes brand. It’s a great spot anytime of the day. If you stop in, ask for GM Alex – he knows his stuff. Hours: Sun-Mon., 11a-12a; Tues-Thurs., 11a-1a; Fri.-Sat., 11a-2a. Phone: (702) 407-1171
Vato Cigars (Inside Binion’s Casino, 128 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101) – Our last of the five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke is Vato Cigars. Vato Cigars is a bit of a hybrid – it’s a small shop within the casino with a nice smoking lounge a stones-throw away inside Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brew. Vato has a selection of premium cigars and also rolls his own Vato brand cigars on site. It’s famous for its “All-In” 18” cigar. Yes, it’s that big. Hey, it’s Vegas…go big or go home! Vato, a former actor and writer, is one of Las Vegas’ biggest cigar personalities and is a hoot to chat with. You can buy your cigar and enjoy the lounge or get a stick to go as you sit down to play poker or other games of chance in the casino. It offers a real “old school” Las Vegas feel if you’re roaming through the East Fremont district or the Fremont Street Experience. We’re fans of his Vato Habano cigar which is affordably priced and just a darn good cigar. Hours: M-Sun, 5pm-1am. (702) 366-7327.
There you have it: five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke. Great lounges to enjoy a cigar while you’re in town. Las Vegas has many more lounges throughout the area but we wanted to share with you five you could hit up during your weekend of smoke here in the town that Bugsy Seigel (and Steve Wynn and junk bonds) built.
Besides enjoying great cigars and the best five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke, escaping to these lounges really helps you meet and explore the rich cigar culture in Las Vegas. You’ll meet genuinely nice locals who will be happy to share with you just about anything you’d like to know about our fair town. They’ll give you tips, tricks and advice on how to make your stay the best it can be.
If you visit these five spots to smoke off The Strip at the Big Smoke, let us know what you think. Happy herfing folks!