Washington, DC isn’t exactly Ybor City in Tampa Bay or Little Havana in Miami, but there are few quality spots in the DMV that you can enjoy and purchase a premium cigar despite a less than welcoming local regulatory structure. This list of Stogie shops isn’t exhaustive, but a good start for cigar enthusiasts looking to explore new selections of cigars. Sometimes smoking a stogie is best enjoyed in the comforts of your own home, car, or a walk outside. However, whether it be current events, food, drinks, travel, or even politics or religion, conversing with others can go well with a fine Maduro. Premium cigars are often perfectly paired with fine wines or quality scotches. If you want to learn more about premium cigars visit www.cigaraction.org and register for one of the Premium Cigar Association educational sessions.
Shelly’s Backroom– When you think cigars and Washington, DC this is a local spot that is commonly referenced. With plenty of tv’s and an extensive food and beverage menu Shelly’s is a perfect spot to smoke a cigar and watch a sporting event. Located in the heart of DC, Shelly’s is also a convenient location for a post Caps or Wizards game cigar. Shelly’s is also a venue for private events and don’t be surprised to see high profile dignitaries and politicos kicked back in a leather chair enjoying a Churchill.
Casa de Montecristo– Casa de Montechristo is a recent addition to downtown DC with a great selection of cigars, special events, and craft cocktails. Montechristo also offers a 2nd floor for members and personalized boxes in their 2,700 square foot spot.
Casta’s Rum Bar– this West End hotspot just opened up and has a Havana Club atmosphere in the inside, Cuban food, and Carribean drinks, along with a small selection of Castañeda family cigars that can be enjoyed on their outdoor patio. The Cuban Sandwich and Torpedo Habano Boxed Press is a perfect combo.
Civil Cigar Lounge– located in Chevy Chase Civil is a small plate eatery, lounge, and cigar shop all in one. Civil is 500 square foot retail section and 5,000 square foot lounge. The state of the art air handling system replaces 100% of the air in the facility every two minutes. In addition, 125 humidified cigar lockers are available for lease .
Curtis Draper Tobacconist– Drapers was founded in 1887 is the third oldest tobacconist in the United States with a storefront steps away from the White House. Drapers is an iconic cigar shop with high quality accessories and a professional staff that can provide recommendations for enthusiasts from beginner to pro.
CXIII Rex– Private members club above Landini Brothers Restaurant in Alexandria, VA. This is the most exclusive spot for cigar enthusiasts in the area and perfect spot for private/fundraising events (if your a member).
TG Cigar- Lounge and cigar shop located near the Convention Center with an outdoor patio.
Morton’s Outdoor Patio– one of the premier steakhouses offers a small cigar menu and the ability to smoke on their outdoor patio overlooking Connecticut Ave year round.
Ozio’s Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge– Ozio is a multilevel Mediterranean eatery/cigar bar serves signature cocktails & has an airy patio.
Old Virginia Tobacco- Old Virginia Tobacco has six locations including one inside Pentagon City Mall with a walk in humidor and a few chair where patrons can sit and talk while they enjoy a cigar in the midst of their shopping.
*Consult local, state, and federal applicable laws as it relates to smoking.