Smoking a cigar is always an occasion. First there’s the tracking down of that perfect deliciously intoxicating smell and picking the right cigar through a careful, selective examination process. Then the preparations are made to cut and light it, and after all this ceremony, at last your first taste and sniff. Finally, if you’re purchasing from one of the shops on this list, you get to sit back, relax and soak up every minute of the experience just about any way you want. Listen to music, lounge in comfortable seating, enjoy refreshments and food or watch TV as you enjoy your selection. Baltimore’s best cigar bars know how to treat you right and keep you coming back to relive the experience and make new memories time after time.
Bobby’s Jazz Club
1140 S. Paca St.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Premium cigars and smooth jazz – what a sweet combination. At Bobby’s, a wide selection of cigars are available for sale such as Rocky Patel Java, Gurkha Grand Reserve, Perdomo Habano and many, many more. To complement your smoke, the jazz club also has a substantial dinner menu with salad, sandwiches, wings, crab ball platter and even tilapia and salmon dishes, all at reasonable prices. On Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, stop by to join in special drink nights with Friday boasting a new jazz line-up each month, typically starting around 9:30 p.m. This classy club proves true that where there’s great food and people, there’s also great cigars.
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Mt. Washington Cigar Company
6305 Falls Road
Baltimore, Md. 21209
Offering Baltimore’s best selection of cigars and accessories at the lowest prices has customers returning again and again to Mt. Washington Cigar Company. Enjoy the ultimate cigar experience with the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and other classics playing in the background as you walk through the shop. You’ll find a large walk-in humidor always stocked with a variety of cigars from the finest hand-rolled to the casual, everyday stogies priced around $3. Once you’ve made a purchase, it’s time to check out the comfortable, plush lounge complete with leather recliners. There’s even a wet bar so you can enjoy your favorite drink as you sit back and read a magazine, watch a sports game or use the complimentary high-speed Internet available.
Humidour Cigar Shoppe
2 Sherwood Road
Cockeysville, Md. 21030
Established in 1997, the Humidour Cigar Shoppe continues to impress customers and in May 2013, moved to its present location off of York Road to meet rising demand. The spacious shoppe has everything and anything needed by a cigar enthusiast including a large humidor, which contains a multitude of finely crafted cigars. Additionally, it has an inviting, open lounge with leather recliners for relaxing, TVs, Internet and even beverages so you’ll feel truly pampered during and after your purchase. Rated as one of the most impressive smoke shops in town, the Humidour has a unique private membership opportunity called “Club Ashton” that is worth inquiring after as it includes extra luxuries for its members. Lastly, be sure to check the online events calendar for monthly cigar events, many of which provide complimentary cigars among other perks.
Slow Burns Cigar Shoppe & Smoking Lounge
701 Frederick Road
Catonsville, Md. 21228
Fair prices, varied selection and helpful staff make Slow Burns Cigar Shoppe & Smoking Lounge a must visit for locals. Even if you don’t know what kind of cigar you’re looking for, just describe your taste preference to the staff for a recommendation that is spot on. Or opt for something wild and unique like a Duck Dynasty cigar, which was available to customers in the summer of 2013. No matter which stogie you choose, the friendly vibe and relaxed area make the shop’s lounge an excellent place to smoke any time of day.
Cut & Poke
409 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Open from noon to 2 a.m. seven days a week, Maryland’s newest tobacco shop Cut & Poke is truly a place to indulge. One of the few places downtown where indoor smoking is permitted, this shop has the perfect cigar for any aficionado, as well as all of the related accessories, including ashtrays, lighters and cigar cutters. There are also several TVs to watch a sports game or whatever your favorite show may be. Conveniently located and easy to find, be prepared to sit back and relax in the pristine lounge as you enjoy a well-earned smoke and watch the world pass behind the sweet-smelling haze.
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