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North Sea Calling: Cigar Lounges in Hamburg, Bremen & Schleswig-Holstein

Tolerant laws exist in the federal states of Hamburg, Bremen and Schleswig-Holstein. Here, smoking is allowed in establishments of up to 75m² as well as in closed side rooms.

Our “Land of Pleasure: Germany” series ends with these states because we have now introduced the last relevant German regions. Unfortunately smoking in restaurants is prohibited in Bavaria, North Rhine Westphalia and Saarland. Wishing you a good smoke on this journey into the upper north!

Cigar Lounges in Hamburg, Bremen & Schleswig-Holstein

Ciu’ die Bar

Ballindamm 14-15
20095 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 32526060

Located with a view of the Binnenalster – there’s hardly a better spot in Hamburg – is the cult bar Ciu’. If you want to enjoy a cigar, head to the Ciu’ event section, providing there are no events being currently held there.

La Casa del Habano

Burchardstraße 15
20095 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 30704880

Cigar lovers won’t find classic gastronomy here, but comfortable seating, the biggest selection of Havanas in Hamburg, and the knowledgeable chef Christoph Wolters.

Cigar Lounge Se7en Oceans

Ballindamm 40 (Europa Passage)
20095 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 32507944

You can enjoy star-awarded cuisine here with a view of the Binnenalster; feast in the sushi bar or drink a cocktail in the lounge. Tasty cigars and spirits are available in the Carlos André Cigar Lounge.

Hotel Atlantic Kempinski Hamburg

An der Alster 72-79
20099 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 2888-0

The Atlantic is a German hotel legend with a prominent location at the Binnenalster. The bar’s interior design is a jewel and in the smokers’ lounge you may bump into former rock musician Udo Lindenberg.

Pius’ Weinwirtschaft

Milchstraße 25
20148 Hamburg-Pöseldorf
T +49 (0)40 28096792

Hegestraße 14-16
20251 Hamburg-Eppendorf
T +49 (0)40 46095310

The menu offers 300 different wines; a proud 40 drops are sold per glass. The menu offers ham and salami specialties as well as tarte flambé, and smoking is allowed in both branches.

M. Niemeyer Cigarren

Alsterhaus, Jungfernstieg 16-20
20354 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 34994297

The Alsterhaus alone is an attraction for shopping freaks and gourmets in Hamburg. But cigar lovers are also welcome, namely in the Davidoff Lounge, which has an outdoor terrace.


East Hotel, Simon-von-Utrecht-Str. 31
20359 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 309930

The guest can expect fusion cuisine from Europe and Asia in the restaurant. In Yakshi’s Bar there are cool cocktails and in the Smirnoff Lounge there’s a full humidor for cigar smokers.

Cölln’s Restaurant

Brodschrangen 1-5
20457 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 364153

If you’ve been to Hamburg and missed this location, you don’t know Hamburg. Ubiquitous Hanseatic flair, excellent fish cuisine, and smoking is still allowed in the famous séparées.

Steigenberger Hotel Hamburg

Heiligengeistbrücke 4
20459 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 36806-0

The Steigenberger Hotel has its home in one of the best locations in Hamburg, at the Alsterfleet. Its director, Bernd A. Zängle, is a passionate cigar smoker, so the Davidoff Lounge comes as no surprise.

Opus Lounge

Hotel Le Royal Méridien Hamburg 20999 Hamburg
An der Alster 52-56
T +49 (0)40 2100-0

The Opus Lounge of these noble lodgings is open the whole day through; smokers are welcome from 6pm. The humidor is well stocked and the bar keeper offers pleasure combinations of drinks and cigars.

Waldhaus Reinbeck

21465 Reinbek
T +49 (0)40 72752-0

The 5-star romantic hotel Waldhaus Reinbek is half an hour’s drive from Hamburg and has the Sachsenwald on its front doorstep. The American Bar library is surprising in its offering of good cocktails and a Davidoff Lounge.

Hotel Böttcherhof

Wöhlerstraße 2
22113 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 73187-0

The Zino Platinum Lounge Chez Max measures 60m² and seats thirty. Here you can feel comfortable and enjoy a whisky and a cigar at the fireplace.

Otto Hatje –
Zigarrenmacher seit 1922

Alte Königstraße 5
22767 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 385409

Stefan Appel still produces Sumatran and Brazilian cigars himself – which you can also watch on the first Saturday of the month. In the acclimatized room there are other provenances that can be enjoyed in the lounge.

Bar Cabana

Fischmarkt 6
22767 Hamburg
T +49 (0)40 80007114

Hamburg’s legendary barkeeper Uwe Christiansen shows his artistry here. Cigar smokers can fall back on a comprehensive cigar menu. The summer terrace opens the view onto the Elbe river.

A-Rosa Travemünde

Außenallee 10
23570 Lübeck-Travemünde
T +49 (0)4502 3070-751

Wellness and 2-star gourmet cuisine characterize this beautiful hotel. All rooms in the establishment are nonsmoking, with the exception of the Clara Wieck Room, where there’s a humidor.

Hotel Gran BelVeder

Strandallee 146
23683 Scharbeutz
T +49 (0)4503 3526600

In the wellness hotel BelVeder one also has a sense for the enjoyment of a cigar, which is documented by the presence of a Davidoff Lounge. Two restaurants and the Bar CaVa’s complete the culinary offering.

Gasthof Handewitt

Osterstraße 2
24983 Handewitt
T +49 (0)4608 9716800

This country inn, which is a location for small and large festivities, a delicious Sunday brunch or simply a pleasant evening dinner is located near Flensburg. There are 18 rooms, and a smoking lounge is included.

Grand Spa Resort A-Rosa Sylt

Listlandstraße 11
25992 List/Sylt
T +49 (0)4651-967500

Here, health-conscious attention is given to wellness and spa; the gourmet cuisine is decorated with two Michelin stars. In the restaurant Spices, Asian cuisine is served and in the Davidoff Lounge there are cigars on offer.

Landhaus Stricker

Boy-Nielsen-Straße 10
25980 Sylt / OT Tinnum
T +49 (0)4651 8899-0

The Germans’ favorite island, Sylt, has many beautiful hotels. One of them is the Relais & Château Hotel Landhaus Stricker. In the restaurant Bodendorf’s starred cuisine is served, and smoking is allowed in the bar.

Dorint Söl’ring Hof

Am Sandwall 1
25980 Rantum
T +49 (0)4651 836200

The hotel spoils with five stars; the restaurant by Johannes King with two Michelin stars. The pleasure is rounded off with a cigar in the fire-side bar.

Bar Cohibar

Seehotel, Lung Wai 23
27498 Helgoland
T +49 (0)4725 81310

The lake hotel with its Cohibar is situated on the lake promenade of Helgoland. Open during the April through October season, it is an El Dorado for cigar and whisky lovers.

Restaurant Strom
Atlantic Hotel Sail City

Am Strom 1
27568 Bremerhaven
T +49 (0)471 30990-533

The restaurant has a fascinating view of the embankment promenade; the hotel with its striking architecture is ideal for meetings, and in the Davidoff Lounge cigar smokers are welcome.

Swissôtel Bremen

Hillmannplatz 20
28195 Bremen
T +49 (0)421 62000-0

In Hillmann’s restaurant of the modern Swissôtel traditional recipes from Bremen are prepared in a contemporary way. Next door there’s a Davidoff Lounge with an appropriate selection of cigars.

Lemon Lounge

Am Wall 164
28195 Bremen
T +49 (0)421 5148855

With a view to the Bremen ramparts, you can enjoy classic cocktails or participate in party events and DJ nights in the Lemon Lounge. Smokers are welcome.

Parkhotel Bremen

Im Bürgerpark
28209 Bremen
T +49 (0)421 3408-556

With its terrace and the park grounds the hotel alone is well worth a visit. The smokers’ lounge La Fumadora designed in colonial style that has a walk-in acclimatized room is a further highlight.

Strandlust Vegesack

Rohrstraße 11
28757 Bremen
T +49 (0)421 6609-0

You can enjoy the view of the Weser river in the beer garden and sit stylishly in the Anleger. In the Black Pearl Club, the basement bar of the hotel, there are tasty drinks, disco music and a stocked humidor.


This article was published in the Cigar Journal Spring Edition 2014. Read more

From 1997 to 2005, Frank Hidien was editor in chief for the German magazine Pipe & Cigar and has since been working as a freelance journalist. He is Cigar Journal’s correspondent in Germany, and for other publications he writes on subjects related to gastronomy.


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