A cigar bar (or lounge) is an establishment that caters to patrons who smoke cigars. Many serve food and alcohol as well. The prevalence of cigar bars varies by country; some jurisdictions ban smoking in all businesses, while others offer an exemption for cigar bars.

History

While cigar bars have been around for years, interest in them developed in the 1990s when cities and government entities began instituting smoking bans but provided exceptions for establishments that catered to smokers.[1][2][3]

Features

While some cigar bars permit the smoking of cigarettes, the classic cigar bar focuses strictly on cigars. Many of the upscale cigar bars such as the Grand Havana in Beverly Hills, California and New York City as well as those in Paris, Spain and Germany, create a gentlemen's club ambience with plushly-appointed interiors, sometimes including a piano or pool table. Featured prominently in upscale bars are humidors, even walk-in humidors where people can buy and store cigars for safekeeping in special cigar lockers for individuals.[4] The bars frequently also serve food and alcohol.

Prevalence by country

Australia

Cigar bars can be found in all capital cities in Australia and on the Gold Coast, Queensland as well.

Canada

During the 2000s, many of Canada's cities and provinces banned smoking in indoor public places; some of these bans came with an exception for non-cigarette smoking such as hookah or cigars. In 2006, when such a ban came into place in Montreal, all cigar bars opened before May 10, 2005, were allowed to stay in operation, though future establishments were banned.[5] There are also cigar lounges in Gatineau, Quebec.[6]

On June 23, 2021, Alberta's cabinet amended the regulations enabled by the province's Tobacco, Smoking and Vaping Reduction Act, 2005 to allow for ventilated smoking rooms for the smoking of cigars.[7] Such rooms are permitted so long as they meet the following conditions:

"...(a) the cigar lounge is designated as a cigar lounge by the manager;

(b) the cigar lounge has floor-to-ceiling walls, a ceiling and doors that separate the lounge visually and physically from any adjacent area in which smoking is prohibited under the Act;

(c) the cigar lounge has doors equipped with a properly functioning self‑closing device;

(d) the cigar lounge is equipped with a separate ventilation system that maintains negative air pressure at all times and exhausts smoke directly to the outside of the building in which the lounge is located;

(e) minors have no access to the cigar lounge;

(f) no service, including cleaning, is allowed in the cigar lounge during the hours of operation."[8]

As of 2021, Alberta and Quebec are the only two provinces or territories which permit cigar lounges or any ventilated smoking rooms outside of nursing homes and long-term care facilities. Alberta is unique in being the sole province or territory which does not restrict the establishment of new lounges; Quebec's remaining lounges are preserved through a grandfather clause in its smoking statutes.[9]

Finland

Pikku Havanna ("Little Havana")[10] in Turku is the first and only cigar bar established in Finland.

United States

The only two cigar bars in Major League Baseball are the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Camacho Cigar Bar at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Cuesta-Rey cigars originally were made in Tampa, while Camacho cigars are distributed in Miami.

In the United States the Private Smoking Club in Cincinnati, Ohio claims to be first cigar bar opening in 1995.[citation needed][11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Cigar Sensibilities by Roy Stein Archived 2017-02-23 at the Wayback Machine - Cigarfriendly.com
  2. ^ "The Cigar Bar". Rapid Detect. Rapid Detect Inc. 27 March 1997. Archived from the original on 2 January 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  3. ^ Directory of Post-Ban Cigar Bars - CigarPlaces.com
  4. ^ The Age, "The cigar bar makes a comeback" article, 28 December 2010 [1]
  5. ^ "Cigar bar owners puffed up with glee as butt ban nears". Montreal Gazette. May 23, 2006. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Jennifer Cox (February 6, 2012). "Top 7 Canadian cigar lounges and shops". Crave Canada. Retrieved February 13, 2014.
  7. ^ "CIGAR EDITORIAL: ALBERTA, CANADA BLINKS ON CIGAR LOUNGES".
  8. ^ "Tobacco Reduction Regulation, Alta Reg 240/2007 | CanLii".
  9. ^ "New café risking fines over shisha smoking | Montreal Gazette".
  10. ^ "Pikku Havanna". pikkuhavanna.fi (in Finnish). Retrieved 2021-02-26.
  11. ^ Private Smoking Club Google Answers

The Age, "The cigar bar makes a comeback", article, December 28, 2010 [2]
The Age, "Cigar bar rebel gets let off on defiant smoke signals", article by Steve Butcher, December 28, 2010 [3]