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There is nothing quite like enjoying a quality tipple and cigar to find the true meaning of relaxation, but if you enjoy something a little more unique on your travels, it can be hard to find that perfect place that stands out from the rest. Well, while you’re trotting-the-globe, we thought we’d save you some of the legwork and highlight a few of the fantastically unique locations that we’ve been lucky enough to find on our travels.
If you’re a bit of a history buff, this is the perfect place to drink in plenty of culture while you enjoy a cigar and a drink. Not only has the shop been trading from their London location for over 225 years, their list of customers is nothing short of incredible. With previous customers including the likes of wartime British Prime Minister, Sir Winton Churchill and renowned author, Oscar Wilde, it’s no wonder that JJ Fox was voted one of London’s Coolest Shops.
It features its very own museum which includes items such as cigars owned by Sir Winston Churchill himself. Once you’ve had enough of the history, you can return to the present day in the UK’s largest walk-in humidor and largest sampling lounge with a drink in hand.
Every refined gentleman knows that a good haircut is just as essential as a good cigar. Well, when you visit Gentleman 1919 in Paris, you can enjoy the pleasure of both. Whether you want to have your hair cut and coloured or your beard shaped and trimmed, you can do so before heading to their bar/cigar lounge for a drink and a cigar.
The idea behind the unique shop is that it encapsulates that ‘prohibition-era speakeasy vibe’. The bar and cigar lounge part of the premises is concealed behind the barbershop front which could have been plucked right out of 1920, giving an exciting and exclusive experience.
As the capital of Austria, Vienna is something of a culture capital. Residents have included Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud, so there is something special about this beautiful city. At Club Barfly’s you can enjoy some classic American culture as you sit back and relax within the classic space while Frank Sinatra plays ambiently in the background.
With over 1,200 different whiskies and 55 different rums, the cocktail menu at Club Barfly’s is long enough to cater for several visits. When you take a look at the selection of cigars on offer in their humidor, you will feel like you are walking in the shoes of Don Draper himself; it’s easy to forget that you are more than 5,000 miles away from the USA.
This fantastic venue is part of the New York’s Bar and Books chain, being the first of the overseas enterprise. When you step into Týnská Bar and Books, you will be treated to an interior reminiscent of colonial Britain with vaulted copper ceilings, dark wood panelling and soft leather banquettes.
Not only that, you will be able to find the signature library of the Bar and Books brand. According to Bar and Books, ‘the bar boasts one of the most extensive whisky lists in central Europe as well as cigars’, so you will be spoilt for choice. As an added bonus, you can also enjoy an offering of silent James Bond movies and a custom soundtrack. What’s not to like?
The Belga Queen offers a luxurious experience as you dine in their restaurant, in the building that once was home to Crédit du Nord bank. However, downstairs – in what used to be the bank vault – is where you will find ‘The Club’ which has been decorated with the savannah colours of the Belgian Congo.
Here, you can enjoy a Havana cigar and a cocktail from their extensive menu in the ambient venue which hosts a resident DJ on Fridays and Saturdays. This venue perfectly combines history and sophistication with a modern party vibe.
Europe, undoubtedly, has a number of fantastic offerings for any cigar aficionado wanting to try something a little bit different. However, we have only covered a handful, and there are plenty more to discover… so get exploring!
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