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The Carnegie Club
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Find a great cigar bar in NYC

Find the best cigar bar NYC has to offer, whether you want to lounge in a club or light ’em up for a bachelor party

By Alisha Prakash

You’d expect exclusive access, velvet curtains and leather couches at the top cigar bar NYC has to offer. After stocking up on cigars from neighborhood smoke shops, head out these New York lounges. You’ll find yourself brushing leather-patched elbows with stock brokers and even some occasional notable New Yorkers.

Find a great cigar bar in NYC

1. Blew Smoke

Bars Lounges Crown Heights

With ginormous televisions, WiFi, swanky wingback leather chairs and a private humidor, this Crown Heights cigar room has “bachelor party” scribbled all over it. It boasts one of the finest cigar selections in the city, with Pardron 1926, Opus X, La Gloria Cubana Serie R, Arturo Fuente Rosado, Rocky Patel 1961, Camacho Triple Maduro and many more—and that’s not just blowing smoke.

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2. Grand Havana Room

Bars Lounges Midtown West

Getting past the front door is the tricky part at this exclusive invite-only membership cigar club. Once inside the 17,000-square foot space, soak up stellar city views coming in from all angles of the floor-to-ceiling windows. It’s the ultimate gentleman’s cave—mahogany paneling, velvet curtains and leather armchairs add to its cachet. With lots of stretching room (there’s a restaurant, a bar, a screening room and one of the largest glass-enclosed humidors in the Western hemisphere), it’s a place to see and be seen. You're equally as likely to rub shoulders with pinstripe-suit-and-tie Wall Streettypes as you are with high-profile Hollywood VIPs. (Name drop: Reverend Al Sharpton and Alec Baldwin.)


3. SoHo Cigar Bar

Bars Lounges Soho

What’s old is new at this Soho smoker’s paradise. Formerly home to one of the city’s oldest cigar bars, Circa Tabac, this spot gets its updated moniker from a new line of hand-crafted cigars. Puffers get a whiff of 1920s nostalgia from the art deco–inspired details and speakeasy-like décor (plush leather furniture, vintage photography), but that won’t last long—modern flat-screen TVs play anything from the football game to a new show premiere. And toe-tapping jazz and thumping hip-hop are the soundtrack to it all.

The Carnegie Club
Photograph: Courtesy Stephen Smith-imaginare co.

4. The Carnegie Club

Bars Midtown West

Spending an evening at this Midtown cigar bar is like stepping into a Frank Sinatra song. In fact, on Saturday nights, patrons can hear the crooner’s timeless tunes performed by Steven Maglio and an 11-piece orchestra. Handmade 18th-century bookcases shelved with leather-bound titles give the space even more swagger. Find a nook to cozy up in and catch up with old and new friends, grab a glass of malt Scotch and kick back on one of the plush red, yellow or turquoise chairs and couches, or puff to your satisfaction beside the fireplace. Located behind Carnegie Hall, it’s also a sophisticated spot to cap off the night post-show.


5. The Wall Street Humidor

Bars Lounges Financial District

Puff celebratory stogies (Padron, Arturo Fuente, Ashton, La Aurora,  Don Pepín García, Carrillo and more) any day of the week at this secluded member-only smoking hideaway. For a hefty price tag, cigar aficionados get access to a private locker in the walk-in duplex humidor with a snazzy ambiance. Follow the staircase downstairs, where you’ll be greeted with exposed brick walls, antiques, leather seating, bookshelves and a piano. Prepare to multitask—that is, with a toke in one hand and a glass of single-malt Scotch in the other.

Diamante's Brooklyn Cigar Lounge
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6. Diamante's Brooklyn Cigar Lounge

Bars Lounges Fort Greene

Join the ranks of cigar-smoking badasses Tony Montana, Don Draper and Tony Soprano at this Fort Greene hideout. A fifth generation Brooklynite, David Diamante stocks his space with a selection of full and medium-bodied house torpedoes rolled and flown in from the Dominican Republic along with other premium blends like Cohiba, Don Pepin, Montecristo, Gurkha, Rocky Patel, Drew Estates and more. Decorated with comfy leather couches, antique armchairs, private Spanish cedar lockers (worth up to $1,000) and vintage family photos, it lures in a well-groomed post-work crowd, and the BYOB policy peps up the formula.

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7. Merchants Cigar Bar

Bars Lounges Lenox Hill

Break free from NYC’s no-smoking policy and get lost in a tobacco haze at this Upper East Side lair. Fire up a cigarette or cigar (Padron Anniversario, Cohiba Robusto, Davidoff, Montecristo, Avo Xo Intermezzo and La Gloria Cubanos are ripe for picking) in the basement lounge. The smoking oasis also comes with décor that recalls an English gentlemen’s club (plush furniture, rich carpet, year-round fireplace) and makes patrons feel right at home while they sip on single-malt Scotch, bourbon or cognac and nosh on tuna tartar, truffle mac and cheese and chargrilled Kobe burgers. It’s like your dream living room—only better.

8. Club Macanudo

Bars Lounges Lenox Hill

Grab a stogie with hot shots Rudy Giuliani and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who have both lit up at this Upper East Side smoking den. You’re likely to find gentlemen mixing business with pleasure thanks to a top-notch selection of smokes (Cohiba, Partagas and La Gloria Cubana, to name a few) and perfect pairings of whiskey, wine or cocktails and plates like the chef’s signature peppercorn-crusted filet mignon. Mahogany furniture and lounge-y leather chairs also make it an ideal setting for a romantic date or a rendezvous with friends. But spiff up—T-shirts, sneakers, sandals and shorts are all strictly forbidden.

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