While cigar bars have been around for years, interest in them developed in the 1990s when cities and government entities began instituting smoking bans but provided exceptions for establishments that catered to smokers.
While some cigar bars permit the smoking of cigarettes, the classic cigar bar focuses strictly on cigars. Many of the upscale cigar bars such as the Grand Havana in Beverly Hills, California and New York City create a gentleman's club ambiance with plushly appointed interiors. Featured prominently in upscale bars are humidors often with special lockers for individuals. The bars frequently also serve food and alcohol.
The only two cigar bars in Major League Baseball are the Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Camacho Cigar Bar at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Cuesta-Rey cigars originally were made in Tampa, while Camacho cigars are distributed in Miami.
In the United States the Private Smoking Club in Cincinnati, Ohio claims to be first cigar bar opening in 1995.
GRANT EXEMPTION TO CIGAR BARS MADISON'S SMOKING BAN IN TAVERNS WENT TOO FAR -- ESPECIALLY BY TAKING THE CIGAR OUT OF CIGAR BARS.(OPINION)(Editorial)
Feb 26, 2006; Aproposal to exempt cigar bars from Madison's smoking ban in taverns is long overdue and now so narrowly drafted it ought to be a...