Written by Puff Staff

Tuesday, 08 October 2013

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Today I want to share with you my review of a gem of a Cigar Bar that I stumbled across.  It’s called Smoke on the Water in Weston, FL. Before I get into the details of this killer cigar bar I want to give you a bit of my back-story.  If you have any doubts about what a quality cigar bar should look like then this review is for you.





I moved from the west coast to Davie, Florida over four years ago. At that time I had been smoking cigars on and off for a few years. I was working a job in retail and often I would use my lunch break to smoke a nice robusto. It wasn't’t long until I had run dry on the smokes I brought over with me from the West coast (which isn't’t hard to do when you smoke four plus cigars a day!) and I was forced to find a good place to buy some more sticks.  Easier said than done!  I started out procuring cigars from a small store near my home with a small inventory. This wasn't’t so bad because they happened to carry what was my everyday smoke at the time (Alec Bradley’s Tempus Maduro) so I had no reason to complain.



What I did have to complain about was the poor humidification!  Even though they had my go to stick I was becoming more and more angry having to deal with the issues caused by the poor humidification.  I’d had enough and decided it was time for me to make a change and find a new B&M.



Thankfully one day about three years ago a co-worker and smoke buddy of mine noticed this as well. He mentioned to me a cigar shop tucked away in a plaza about fifteen minutes from the grocery store I worked at. When I walked in for the first time that Friday night I was blown away!  It wasn't a smoke-shop so much as it was a cigar club.  The lounge was one of the biggest I had ever seen and the humidor was bigger than my two car garage!  I made a B-line for the humidor straight away; the first thing that struck me was the sheer inventory within. Counting un-opened boxes it was in fact the most I’ve ever seen in one place.



This was the first time I met Gianni (or G as his friends call him) the tobacconist on duty. I stood there and talked with him for what must have been half an hour.  His cigar knowledge was amazing, which I would later learn was the case for every tobacconist who worked there.

After a while, we got down to business. I told him what cigars I liked and didn't’t like and he recommended to me a nice little handful sticks. I sat down and smoked one in the lounge and was hooked. He got everything exactly right; every cigar was one I had not tried before, each one was similar enough to what I smoked in the past that it was a sure bet that I would like them, yet different enough to be interesting and exciting.  This is one of the best qualities of Smoke on The Water.  The entire staff is extremely knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to help point patrons in the right direction.



I was approached by various members of the bar staff a very short while after taking my seat.  I must add that despite being complete strangers to me they were all very attentive and friendly. I took notice of the cocktail waitress stopping to chat casually with the other patrons and myself when not taking drink orders.



The lounge itself was very comfortable, the lighting was low but by no means inadequate, the leather arm chairs where very comfortable.  While I’m personally not a big TV watcher, I did take notice of the abundance of televisions that you could see from any spot in the lounge.  During the NBA championship games I found myself coming to Smoke On The Water more than any other place frequented by the locals.  Unlike many other bars in the area, I found that there was always enough room for everyone to sit comfortably and watch. This even stood true as the games became more Heated (pun intended!) and the crowd grew.   



One time in game six, I found myself talking with a couple during half time. They had originally come just for a few drinks and a place to watch the game (their regular bar a few blocks over was at its maximum capacity due to fair weather fans). He told me that he had never smoked a cigar in his life (what a travesty!), but when he came in he saw how beautiful the gigantic walk-in humidor was. He told me he had simply gone in for a look around, but after talking for a while with the tobacconist within he became intrigued and tried his first cigar.  I see him there very regularly now, his cigar of choice is a Perdomo lot 23 natural robusto which was a great suggestion from the staff at Smoke on the Water.

Now I find myself spending my evenings there, sitting on the lake view patio with cigar and a scotch in hand. I’m by no means the romantic type, but the sun set here is a sight to see.  If you aren’t familiar, the city of Weston is not far from the Everglades so the storm clouds that gather above it tend to serve the sky-scape beautifully.



The reason I’m writing this review of Smoke on The Water is because I needed to share this so that people can get a good idea of what a quality B&M and cigar lounge looks like. 

So here we go. 

I decided the best way for me to really get the inside scoop was to go right to the source.  I asked many staff members some questions about Smoke on The Water and now what I'm sharing on the next page is what I learned from the staff at Smoke on the Water.  You are going to be me.

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