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Where to Smoke a Cigar and Enjoy a Cocktail in Los Angeles

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Smoking a cigar around Los Angeles is a difficult affair these days, mostly because of city ordinances prohibiting such activities. But the after-dinner drink and cigar doesn't have to be a pastime of a bygone era. There are few hidden gems and spots around town that not only allow the purchase and enjoyment of a cigar, but offer a quality spirit or beverage to pair with it. Some places only offer nice smoking patios, but as long as there are seats and a comfortable place to relax, it’s fair game, though you might have to bring your own cigars to smoke at some of these bars. Here below, a list of places around Los Angeles to smoke a cigar and enjoy a drink, together.

Added: The Corner Door, The Langham Huntington, Oldfield’s Liquor Room, Havana House

Removed: Harlowe, Checkers Downtown

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The Tap Room at the Langham, Huntington

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The Tap Room at the Langham hotel in Pasadena certainly has the look of a whiskey and cigar bar, but like most establishments in the LA area, there’s no smoking allowed inside. However, the Langham does have a special section set aside just outside the Tap Room that has drink service as well as cigar smoking. And the Langham also sells cigars on site for anyone that forgot to bring a stogie.

Havana House Cigars & Lounge

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This dark clubby lounge in downtown Alhambra is a true rarity in LA: a sports bar and cigar hangout all rolled into one. The cigar selection is extensive and the drink selection is wide, but expect to pay a bit more than retail for the stogies. For the privilege of smoking inside an actual building, it’s worth the premium.

La Descarga

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The back room at La Descarga might be one of the best cigar scenes in the city, with a fantastic selection of rare rums and spirits to go with the solid lineup of cigars. Just poke into the far room after entering through the mezzanine closet door, a spectacle in itself. Unfortunately, the cigar selection is pretty limited, though what they offer tends to be very high quality. Folks are welcome to bring cigars here as well.

State Social House

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This Sunset Strip pub has a decent list of spirits to go along with the relatively wide choice of cigars, from Ashton and Arturo Fuente to Montecristo and Oliva Serie V. The cocktail menu isn’t particularly inventive, but the craft beer choices could make for a different cigar-and-drink experience. The separate cigar area makes it a fine place to enjoy a smoke while sipping on whiskey. Note there is a cutting fee for anyone who brings in their own stogies.

Bar Blanca at SLS Hotel

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Bask in the scene at The Bazaar’s patio called Bar Blanca, one of the most active driveways and valets in LA during the weekend. Enjoy an inventive cocktail or special scotch with a small but tight choice of cigars like a Montecristo Churchill. The cigar selections are definitely on the pricier, and higher end, though no one will likely make a fuss if you bring your own.

Buena Vista Cigar Club

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Going almost 17 years strong, this classic man cave in Beverly Hills is the quintessential cigar lounge in Los Angeles. Clubby without pretension, the owner Rigo pairs stogies with a terrific selection of single malt scotch and other liquor. Open late every night, though hours can end earlier on weekdays. Try a dram of Pyrat XO with a mellow, but expertly constructed Arturo Fuente cigar. It’s probably best to purchase a cigar on site instead of bringing your own.

This refined, relaxing whiskey bar has some of the best service in town, from tableside cocktails to high-end crystalware. Sure, the prices are sky high, but where can one get a terrific smoke overlooking Beverly Hills? The cigar menu has some pricey options like Opus X and Ghurkha Pre-Embargos that cost over $100 a stick, though there are more reasonably priced stogies as well. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time because they only accept a modest number of patrons per evening. There is a cutting fee here as well.

The Copper Lounge at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City

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One of the best kept secrets for cigar lovers in LA, this hotel bar has a secret back patio that allows cigar smoking. The cocktails are loads better than a standard issue hotel bar, plus they have an extensive brown liquor collection. The hotel is totally fine with folks who bring their own cigars as well.

The Edison

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The ground-floor lounge at this massive underground club has a nice selection of smokes to go with the solid cocktails such as the Black Magic, made with rum and averna. The spirits menu has a few gems like Highland Park 18 or or George T Stagg bourbon. Just remember that the cigar area is essentially street level.

This expansive outdoor patio on a Downtown rooftop doesn’t seem like the first place to enjoy a cigar. That’s because their main floor doesn’t allow smoking. However, they have a second floor with a smaller bar that’s perfect for cigar smokers who like to soak in a city view while enjoying their stogie.

Bar Jackalope

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Bar Jackalope could be the single best place to enjoy cigars and whiskey in Los Angeles. Sporting a wonderful secret speakeasy feel, one of the city’s most extensive brown liquor lists, and a small set of solid cigars, Bar Jackalope feels like a high end Japanese bar with all the service to match. Feel free to bring your own cigars too.

Caña Rum Bar

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A member’s only club, it’s not actually too difficult to gain access to Caña. Simply pay the annual fee and hang out in this dark cocktail den. Sadly the comfortable seating has been removed from the back patio, but it’s still a decent place to smoke a cigar and sip on a well-shaked daiquiri. They sell cigars here, but will accept anyone who brings their own as well.

Oldfield's Liquor Room

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This Prohibition-style bar in Palms has a handy front patio that allows cigarette and cigar smoking. The cocktails are very good too — just order inside then enjoy the outdoor area with a cigar. Oldfield’s doesn’t provide any cigars, cutters, or lighters, so you’ll have to bring your own gear along with the sticks.

Hotel Shangri-La Rooftop

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This bustling rooftop doesn’t seem like an obvious place to have a cigar in Santa Monica, but it’s one of the few outdoor bars that allow smoking on the Westside. Pick up a cigar at Lone Wolf down the street and take a stroll over to this hip rooftop. Good luck finding a seat on a busy weekend evening.

The Corner Door

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This low-key bar and lounge in Culver City has a front patio that’s amenable to cigar smoking. And the best part is the bar provides drink service on the patio as well. They don’t sell any cigars here either, so bring your own or pick some up at a retailer nearby.

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The Tap Room at the Langham, Huntington

The Tap Room at the Langham hotel in Pasadena certainly has the look of a whiskey and cigar bar, but like most establishments in the LA area, there’s no smoking allowed inside. However, the Langham does have a special section set aside just outside the Tap Room that has drink service as well as cigar smoking. And the Langham also sells cigars on site for anyone that forgot to bring a stogie.

Havana House Cigars & Lounge

This dark clubby lounge in downtown Alhambra is a true rarity in LA: a sports bar and cigar hangout all rolled into one. The cigar selection is extensive and the drink selection is wide, but expect to pay a bit more than retail for the stogies. For the privilege of smoking inside an actual building, it’s worth the premium.

La Descarga

The back room at La Descarga might be one of the best cigar scenes in the city, with a fantastic selection of rare rums and spirits to go with the solid lineup of cigars. Just poke into the far room after entering through the mezzanine closet door, a spectacle in itself. Unfortunately, the cigar selection is pretty limited, though what they offer tends to be very high quality. Folks are welcome to bring cigars here as well.

State Social House

This Sunset Strip pub has a decent list of spirits to go along with the relatively wide choice of cigars, from Ashton and Arturo Fuente to Montecristo and Oliva Serie V. The cocktail menu isn’t particularly inventive, but the craft beer choices could make for a different cigar-and-drink experience. The separate cigar area makes it a fine place to enjoy a smoke while sipping on whiskey. Note there is a cutting fee for anyone who brings in their own stogies.

Bar Blanca at SLS Hotel

Bask in the scene at The Bazaar’s patio called Bar Blanca, one of the most active driveways and valets in LA during the weekend. Enjoy an inventive cocktail or special scotch with a small but tight choice of cigars like a Montecristo Churchill. The cigar selections are definitely on the pricier, and higher end, though no one will likely make a fuss if you bring your own.

Buena Vista Cigar Club

Going almost 17 years strong, this classic man cave in Beverly Hills is the quintessential cigar lounge in Los Angeles. Clubby without pretension, the owner Rigo pairs stogies with a terrific selection of single malt scotch and other liquor. Open late every night, though hours can end earlier on weekdays. Try a dram of Pyrat XO with a mellow, but expertly constructed Arturo Fuente cigar. It’s probably best to purchase a cigar on site instead of bringing your own.

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This refined, relaxing whiskey bar has some of the best service in town, from tableside cocktails to high-end crystalware. Sure, the prices are sky high, but where can one get a terrific smoke overlooking Beverly Hills? The cigar menu has some pricey options like Opus X and Ghurkha Pre-Embargos that cost over $100 a stick, though there are more reasonably priced stogies as well. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time because they only accept a modest number of patrons per evening. There is a cutting fee here as well.

The Copper Lounge at InterContinental Los Angeles Century City

One of the best kept secrets for cigar lovers in LA, this hotel bar has a secret back patio that allows cigar smoking. The cocktails are loads better than a standard issue hotel bar, plus they have an extensive brown liquor collection. The hotel is totally fine with folks who bring their own cigars as well.

The Edison

The ground-floor lounge at this massive underground club has a nice selection of smokes to go with the solid cocktails such as the Black Magic, made with rum and averna. The spirits menu has a few gems like Highland Park 18 or or George T Stagg bourbon. Just remember that the cigar area is essentially street level.

Perch

This expansive outdoor patio on a Downtown rooftop doesn’t seem like the first place to enjoy a cigar. That’s because their main floor doesn’t allow smoking. However, they have a second floor with a smaller bar that’s perfect for cigar smokers who like to soak in a city view while enjoying their stogie.

Bar Jackalope

Bar Jackalope could be the single best place to enjoy cigars and whiskey in Los Angeles. Sporting a wonderful secret speakeasy feel, one of the city’s most extensive brown liquor lists, and a small set of solid cigars, Bar Jackalope feels like a high end Japanese bar with all the service to match. Feel free to bring your own cigars too.

Caña Rum Bar

A member’s only club, it’s not actually too difficult to gain access to Caña. Simply pay the annual fee and hang out in this dark cocktail den. Sadly the comfortable seating has been removed from the back patio, but it’s still a decent place to smoke a cigar and sip on a well-shaked daiquiri. They sell cigars here, but will accept anyone who brings their own as well.

Oldfield's Liquor Room

This Prohibition-style bar in Palms has a handy front patio that allows cigarette and cigar smoking. The cocktails are very good too — just order inside then enjoy the outdoor area with a cigar. Oldfield’s doesn’t provide any cigars, cutters, or lighters, so you’ll have to bring your own gear along with the sticks.

Hotel Shangri-La Rooftop

This bustling rooftop doesn’t seem like an obvious place to have a cigar in Santa Monica, but it’s one of the few outdoor bars that allow smoking on the Westside. Pick up a cigar at Lone Wolf down the street and take a stroll over to this hip rooftop. Good luck finding a seat on a busy weekend evening.

The Corner Door

This low-key bar and lounge in Culver City has a front patio that’s amenable to cigar smoking. And the best part is the bar provides drink service on the patio as well. They don’t sell any cigars here either, so bring your own or pick some up at a retailer nearby.

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