Downtown’s top three cigar lounges
Serge Gainsbourg sang about how God was a smoker. Well, if that were true, there’s a good chance you’d catch him in one of these three downtown cigar lounges if he were passing through Montreal…
1. Chez Alexandre
By far the most elegant spot for cigar smoking in downtown Montreal. Located on the second floor of the renowned Parisian brasserie Chez Alexandre, this lounge offers a sophisticated décor in the colours of Ardbeg whisky. The space is both inviting and intimate, hosting up to 20 people at a time. Open from 11 a.m. until the restaurant closes, the lounge is the perfect place to smoke your own cigars, or you can buy a Cohiba, Behike, Partagas, Montecristo or Davidoff on-site, along with various accessories.
The Peel Street Lounge is popular among whisky drinkers and those who like port—of which the establishment has eight varieties. This unique lounge attracts a younger generation that likes to book the space for bachelor parties or to watch the hockey game. The most loyal customers even have their own cigar locker.
2. La Casa del Habano
The Habanos cigar company opened La Casa del Habano, a go-to destination for fans of Cohiba, Montecristo, and other Romeo y Julieta cigar varieties, more than 20 years ago. La Casa only sells Cuban cigars. With the largest cigar humidor in North America, you are sure to find something to your liking. A certified Habanos cigar sommelier is also on hand to help the less familiar make their choice.
The establishment’s smoking room can host around 20 people at a time, and with the carefully arranged Cuban décor, you almost forget that you’re still in Montreal. Along with your cigars, you can choose from a vast selection of single malt whiskies, rums, cognacs, and house cocktails, or even have a drink from the espresso bar.
3. Stogies Cigar Lounge
Crescent Street would not be the same without Stogies Cigar Lounge, an establishment that opened its doors back in 1996. Located on the second floor, the main lounge is spacious and bright, providing cigar smokers with a more laid-back atmosphere. Although 80% of the cigars sold at Stogies are Cuban, you can also try some from Nicaragua or Honduras. The bar offers a plethora of single malt whiskies and scotches, as well as vodka, draught beer, and Italian coffee.
Stogies takes reservations—a plus for businessmen who want to network—and offers another bar lounge on the second floor, which can be booked for events. On weekends, the music is louder, for a more festive atmosphere. You can also go sit out on the terrace for some fresh air. Open from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily.
Cover picture: David Nathan