For smokers, Vienna is truly “paradise found.” There are few cities left in the world where one can indulge in the centuries-old cultural tradition of a good drink and a fine smoke in such a variety of venues – and in such style.
The Garden Room’s humidor is legendary, with sticks ranging from current production classics to original Behikes costing thousands. Add to that an astonishing range of vintage wines, ports, whiskies and Cognacs dating back to 1770 and you have an epicurean’s heaven.
At the time of the smoking ban, most venues opted to close their cigar bars, empty their humidors and quietly forget about the centuries of history that made London the cigar capital of the world outside Havana. Not Ranald Macdonald.
Enjoying a cigar in Paris is quite an easy task – though the choice of places is limited. But there are more and more locations beyond traditional Cigar Lounges in which one can light up a Puro. Follow us for some fresh air.
Since December 2013, the Grand Hotel Park Gstaad, located in the Swiss Alps, has operated a cigar lounge in a class of its own. Even at full occupancy, there are no billows of smoke in this private lounge, elegantly outfitted in the style of a British gentlemen’s club.
At the recent launch party, cocktails created by a drinks mixologist and four different cigars, New World and Cuban, welcomed guests at London’s newest cigar lounge: 1A St James’s – Dunhill’s newly-refurbished flagship store and lounge.
On a visit to Scotland, a cigarlover will discover a welcome retreat, surrounded by wildlife, golf and good times: Aberlady is a quiet seaside village in eastern Scotland; visit it, and you’ll find a place that’s timeless, mesmeric and utterly compelling. Welcome to Ducks at Kilspindie.
Land of Pleasure: Germany. 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. Wishing you a good smoke on this journey into the upper north!