Smoking cigars is one of those rituals that can´t be traded. And Buenos Aires offers beautiful spaces both for buying and smoking cigars accompanied by a delicious rum, and even paired with dishes and other specialty drinks. Even if you're not fond of this custom, you can live a more enjoyable experience. Come on!
The day you visit Recoleta, you can schedule a visit to Prado and Neptuno just with sunset, the ideal place to rest your legs and soul. Located at the corner of Ayacucho and Posadas-in diagonal to the back of Hotel Alvear, this cigar store has a complete selection of Cuban, Dominican, Mexican and Caribbean cigars, plus the accessories that accompany the ritual as cigar cases, cigar cutters and sinks. While on the ground floor you find the boutique, above is the bar where whiskeys, vodkas and rums are served. The plus: owners and employees of the place are trained to suggest what type of cigar you should try, the drink that matches that cigar and even what to eat for pleasure, all to complete the pleasure.
INFO: Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to midnight. In Ayacucho 2134, Recoleta
To feel like a magnate of the twenties, Oak Bar is a true English gentlemen club, but open to the public. Along with its living wooden carved walls brought from Normandy and its leather armchairs, the bar offers an extensive menu of cigars where Montecristo and Partagas are always on stock. The terrace, overlooking the gardens of Duhau Palace, composes a great stage to relax with a Scotch whiskey, cognac, a cocktail or Martini. Cigars and drinks are stored in the old safe place that was restored to function as humidor.
INFO: Open daily from 12:30 to 1 am and Thursday to Saturday until 2 am. In the Duhau Palace, Av. Alvear 1661, Recoleta
A new concept of tobacco, far from the figure of the dandy and closer to a more casual and relaxed style. Here there is no wood, carpet or leather, but glazed lounges offering unobstructed views with lots of reggae and bossa nova. Among the assortment of cigars, there are classics such as Cohiba, Romeo and Juliet, but also tasty novelties like the Dominicans Santa Maria de las Americas, with a life period of twenty minutes. Here, besides smoking and meeting locals, you can buy gifts like books, elegant board games and an interesting variety of pipes. The plus: there are offers and promotions to enjoy the experience without spending fortunes.
INFO: Open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 8.30 pm. Juana Manso 800, Puerto Madero
Cigars, cognac and chocolates, maybe not the formula for happiness, but it looks like. It´s what the exclusive space Hotel Alvear provides: a luxurious glazed lounge overlooking the corner of Ayacucho -there is located Hermes. With a focus on Cuban cigars, Montecristo and Partagas mostly the bar offers a menu of over fifty cognac labels and the complete line of Lindt chocolates.
INFO: Open daily from 6 pm. Alvear Palace Hotel, Avenida Alvear 1891, Recoleta
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