People who have just started smoking an occasional cigar for fun may be ready to visit a cigar lounge. Cigar lounges have been a feature of distinction and class for over 200 years. In fact, cigar lounges have been the setting for many fabulous tales of male friendships. It was said that Arthur Conan Doyle frequented cigar lounges to tell tales of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. If you are dying to try a cigar lounge, there are items of etiquette you need to know.
Etiquette for Cigar Aficionados
Cigar lounges give men and women the opportunity to chat with friends, try new cigars, upgrade their cigar educations, and take a few cigars home at the end of the evening. Before you visit a cigar lounge for the first time, you need to check the dress code. At the Vault Downtown, we suggest business casual attire. You can always call and ask about the dress code or ask your friends.
Next, be sure that you are prepared to buy a few cigars from the lounge. In most cigar lounges, it is acceptable to bring your own cigars as long as you buy a few from the lounge. You should be able to bring one or two of your own cigars, and if it is perfectly aged in the humidor, you may even get a compliment from the tobacconist for your choices. At the Vault Downtown, we charge a $10 tobacco fee if you bring your own. Otherwise, we have 4 or 5 excellent house cigars to choose from coincidentally for $10 each.
When you decide to pick a cigar from the humidor, keep in mind that you need to limit your contact with the cigar. No sniffing up next to your nose, and definitely no tasting. One great rule of thumb is to ask the tobacconist for their suggestions on a great cigar for you.
When you are ready to puff on your next classic cigar, you need to come and visit us. We’re located at 401 Federal Street, Bluefield, West Virginia, 24701. You can also give us a call at 304.308.6601.