The Buckhead Cigar Lounge
3400 Around Lenox Drive
Atlanta, GA 30326
Prices: $16 to $25 per cigar
Hours: Mon to Sat – 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Buckhead Cigar Lounge promises delicious cigars at a great location right next to Lenox Mall. A part of Dantanna’s restaurant, the Buckhead Cigar Lounge is a store and bar/lounge all in one. A 300-square-foot humidor holds the best selection of cigars in Atlanta. Relax with your cigar on one of the many leather sofas and chairs while enjoying a drink and sports on one of the large plasma TVs scattered across the lounge. Hearty comfort food gone gourmet, including delicious braised duck nachos and savory short-rib-stuffed peppers. The smoking lounge and dining room are separated to guarantee everyone has a great time here.
660 Peachtree St.
Atlanta, GA 30308
Prices: Cover charges up to $20 depending on event
Hours: Tues to Fri – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sat – 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., Sun – 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Churchill Grounds’ good life includes amazing jazz. Enjoy the classics, or come listen to the next Louis Armstrong while taking in a smooth, smoky cigar. It’s a favorite of convention attendees and downtown workers, but don’t let them have all the fun. From CD release parties to some of the best live jazz in town, Churchill Grounds’ cigar selection is just the icing on this perfect bar’s cake.
56 East Andrews Drive
Atlanta, GA 30305
Price: Cover charge varies
Hours: Mon to Sat – 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
It may feel like the 1920s with Al Capone waiting around the next corner, but this is Atlanta in 2012 and it’s amazing. After you find the secret entrance, relax in large comfy booths or at intimate tables. Drinks are made by professional mixologists, and the cigars are hand-rolled. This is upscale in Buckhead, so dress classy and experience a good cigar like you never have before.
3115 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
Price: Cover varies
Hours: Mon to Fri – 4 p.m. to 3 a.m., Sat – 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.
For 11 years, Beluga has hosted some of the hottest parties in Atlanta. If you like cigars and people watching, this is your place. The bartenders make mean drinks and the rest of the staff cuts and lights like a pack of pros. Cozy couches dot the interior and these isn’t a bad spot in the joint when the occasional jazz band plays. The deck is open all year, so slip out for some fresh air anytime. Beluga draws an eclectic crowd, so be ready for an interesting night.
3223 Cain’s Hill Place
Atanta, GA 30305
Price: No cover
Hours: Mon to Sat – 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.
A cigar-friendly British pub in the heart of Atlanta, for 37 years, Churchill Arms has made this city smile. It might be the laid back atmosphere, with fresh drinks and pub fare, or the fact that it’s a the perfect place to enjoy a cigar. Pick up a game of pool or darts and soak up some of the best Atlanta has to offer. Churchill Arms also has an event room to host your next party or meeting. Expect a crowd of lively regulars in love with this bar’s fantastic libations.
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