Cigar Lounge Pros and Cons
Updated: Nov 26, 2022
I was talking this topic over with Mark Jr. and we started discussing on what amenities would make a good vs. bad cigar lounge. In this blog we want to share our thoughts we think are Pros vs Cons of cigar lounges. After we will share what amenities we think are important in the design and functions of a "good" cigar lounge. I also want to point out that both Mark Jr. and Sr. have worked in cigar shops in the past, and I have not.
Cigar Lounge Pros: Jr. and I both agree there are a few benefits to a joining a cigar lounge. In this segment we recognize there are indoor/outdoor differences in each of their benefits, but for this purpose we will discuss the benefits of indoor lounges. Without any delay let's get right into things. If you have questions or comments, please reach out to us on our social media platforms on Cigar Tipsters.
Air Conditioning: One of the primary benefits of an indoor lounge is air conditioning, both cooling and heating. A/C levels out a constant temperature within the lounge and helps ensure the most relaxed climate for smoking, especially if you live in the extreme North or South, as I have.
Furniture: Most cigar lounges worth their weight will have comfortable furniture for you to relax in, as you are going to be sitting down for a significant amount of time. The more comfortable the furniture, the longer you will sit there and perhaps encourage you for multiple purchases throughout the day.
Selection: Most cigar lounges have a large selection of cigars and accoutrement for purchase. The wider the variety of choices available, the more likely you are to purchase.
Food Compliments: Nothing brings out the most full-bodied experiences with a cigar than food and libations. My recommendation is to talk to your local shop owner or bartender to discover a delicious pairing that works for you.
Fellowship: The primary reason you will want to become a member of a cigar lounge, paid or free, is for the fellowship. I cannot tell you how many friends I have met in my travels among different lounges. Most have friendly staff, food and drink compliments, and customers to share a laugh or two. Despite all the stereotypical negative customers, the majority is there to relax, have a good time, and wind down from a hard day's work.
Customer Service: The most critical component to for any establishment to stay in business is repeat customers. Customer service is one of the top priorities I determines before choosing my favorite lounge. It’s a more personal touch of service beyond online shopping.
Product and Service Guarantee: When you order cigars online, you are ordering from a warehouse and unfortunately you may not know how long, or in what conditions, the cigars sat in that warehouse prior to your arrival. When you purchase cigars in person you have the support of the staff to ensure you are enjoying your experience. If you have a broken cigar for example, or spill your drink they will almost always replace it, refund you, and/or top off your drink for the inconvenience. (Just don’t spill your drink on purpose to get an easy freebie, that’s not how this works).
Cigar Lounge Cons: In contrast to all the benefits of an enclosed lounge, there are also a couple of caveats that we think are worth noting, helping you decide if joining a lounge is right for you. If you have alternative opinions or comments, again, please let us know.
Noise: If you are not in the mood for chatting and sharing memories with complete strangers, or having a crowd cheering sport playing on TV, then perhaps a cigar lounge/club may not be for you. Sometimes you get lucky and catch some alone time in the lounge to enjoy coffee, read a book, and relax in peace and quiet. Bear in mind however, depending on the lounge you attend, you are not the only one using that piece of real estate which can and will become noisy at times. It is the nature of the beast.
Disconnection: It sounds very attractive to enjoy a cigar in perfect climate, with food, drink, and an air filtration system in a dark relaxing room. On the flip side it is equally attractive to enjoy a cigar in the outdoors. There is a more direct connection with a cigar when you are experiencing a natural product within the nature from whence it came. It is uniquely relaxing with free open air, the shade of a tree, and the picturesque view that an enclosed cigar lounge cannot duplicate. It might be a little warmer or a little cooler outside, but if you find the right location at the right time, and dress accordingly it can create a unique smoking experience.
Prices: Cigar lounges need to make money to keep the lights on. This means charging more for cigars and drinks as opposed to enjoying them at home. You're paying for the experience and customer service and only you can decide if it is valuable enough to you. On the flip side when you are purchasing online, you can restock your humidor for less money. Please make sure you are purchasing from a reputable and verified online retailer who can help ensure the quality and service of your purchases. You can expect to have great service and reasonable prices from Holt’s Cigar Co and Fox Cigar.
Distance: Unless you are one of the lucky few who live near cigar lounge, there is a good chance you will have to drive some distance to get to and from the lounge. It is entirely up to you to determine whether your lounge is worth the extra round trip driving time. If you are a parent, driving to and from a cigar lounge can add anywhere between an 45 min to two hours depending on your proximity.
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