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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

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This week, we go on a cross-country tour of cigar bars and lament the loss of an old favorite. We also look at some enterprising smokers who started their own cigar club in their hometown. Plus, we salute those who help our armed forces and one cigar maker who steps up to help kids.

 

 

 


Chill Out in Tampa at Chapel Cigars

Whether you’re looking for a cigar bar where you can watch sports or just one where you can relax with a drink and a smoke, Chapel Cigars is worth checking out when you’re in the Tampa Bay area. Tucked into a plaza in the Wesley Chapel suburb, this is a friendly place where everyone feels welcome. Owners Kyle Farling and Tom Tokish have decorated the cigar bar with comfy leather sofas, TVs for sports and even chess sets.

 


Tokish explains the vibe of the bar: “What’s nice about a cigar bar like ours is there’s a lot of guys who come in and just read a book. They don’t want to be bothered, but they can do it here, have some greetings when they come in, but they’re content. But there’s others that come in and they’ll be at this bar five hours later. That’s our place.” You can visit their place at 26246 Wesley Chapel Blvd. or www.chapelcigars.com.

Old Pals Meet at Tupelo Smokes

If there’s no cigar bar in your area, why not start one of your own? Maybe you can’t actually build a bar, but you can organize a group of kindred spirits and get together to smoke on a regular basis. That’s what Tupelo Smokes is all about.

This group gets together on the third Thursday of every month to share cigars, drinks and stories. Unofficial president Fred Pitts has a mailing list of about 50 members who receive emails about the monthly meetings and about 10 to 20 show up for each gathering.

Pitts explained, “I had the idea a few years ago.  Jim Goodwin and I got together that first night. It was him and me.” Most club meetings take place at downtown Tupelo’s Park Heights, an open-air location that’s ideal for smoking, at least until the weather gets cold. According to Pitts, “We have met at Park Heights in December when it was snowing outside. That was dedication.”

Sometimes members bring cigars to trade, so the clubs offers opportunities to try new brands. One person who’s very happy about Tupelo Smokes is Dalton Healey, owner of the new Spring Street Cigars in nearby Starkville. “Having them here is a big plus,” Healey stated. “If you don’t have support, your business isn’t going to make it.”

Prohibition Chosen One of Top Ten Atlanta Bars

The travel section of the Guardian UK recently named its top ten bars in Atlanta, and the cigar bar Prohibition made the list. The bar gets its name and ambiance from a jazz age speakeasy, and guests enter through a hidden door positioned behind a red British phone booth. Check it out at 56 East Andrews Drive or prohibitionatl.com.

 






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