Beverly Hills is a playground for true aficionados of fine cigars and rare whiskies, with a plethora of experts on hand to guide visitors through the some of the best the city has to offer. Here is a selection of cigar lounges, where enthusiasts can relax and enjoy the finest sticks available, and exclusive whisky bars, home to some of the rarest tipples in town.
£10 at Montage Beverly Hills
Tucked away discreetly above the recently launched Georgie restaurant, inside Montage Beverly Hills hotel, £10 is a dark and intimate luxurious bar that welcomes true connoisseurs from all corners of the globe for the world’s most precious whisky, The Macallan Single Malt.
Guests come to sample and savour The Macallan’s rarest and most prized expressions – some aged as long as 62 years – served by Head Barman, Cash Black. £10 delivers an unforgettable experience as bartenders present The Macallan authentically, hand pouring the whisky over a choice of four different types of ice, but the most notable being a single ice sphere of water, imported from the Scottish Highlands.
By reservation only, this lounge is one of the most exclusive in the world. Only the finest handcrafted finishings have been used to create the luxury interiors, including Lalique crystal barware, light fixtures, exotic wood details and an intricately carved Lalique crystal doorknob.
The Buena Vista Cigar Club
This cigar lounge has become a favourite of locals and visitors to the city, with its distinctive environment offering an extraordinary variety of carefully-selected tobacco products.
Owner Rigo Fernandez has a true passion for cigars and has created this gentleman’s club style lounge, with a rustic aesthetic that has true character and charm. Allow the team to handpick a cigar from their carefully chosen selection, suited to the visitor’s preferred taste. For added privacy, a more exclusive area upstairs has comfortable seating to sit back and enjoy.
Grand Havana Room
The members only club has their flagship location in Beverly Hills which, since its inception in April 1995, has set the standard that high-end cigar clubs are measured by. Located on the corner of Dayton Way and Canon Drive in the heart of Beverly Hills, every element of the Grand Havana Room has been designed for the explicit purpose of maximising the enjoyment of the cigar smoker.
The centerpiece of the club is the humidor, a glassed-in room that contains 350 blonde-wood lockers, packed from floor to ceiling. The etched brass nameplates on the private cigar lockers read like a who’s who of the entertainment world. Actors, producers, directors, and agents all store their cigars in a wrap-around wall of cedar keeps, some of which can be reached only by a ladder.
These drawers contain bundles of cigars, lovingly collected and carefully maintained, of brands both elusive and exclusive. Some of the rarest cigars are available from the Grand Havana humidor, including Fuente’s Opus X, La Gloria Cubana, and the Indian brand cigar.
Kramers Pipe & Tobacco Shop
Founded in 1949, Kramers Pipe & Tobacco Shop continues the tradition of blending tobacco by hand and by the pound (not by the barrel) to the individual taste.
Hollywood “royalty” and loyal regulars have helped Kramers to develop their most popular specialty blends, but the mission to provide a unique product as well as individual service remains a proven commitment.
The Club Bar at The Peninsula Beverly Hills
Dark wood panels made of California birch and the deep leather chairs that circle the wide fireplace create a traditional yet timeless ambience, reminiscent of an elegant gentleman’s club with a drinks list of rare single malt whiskies.
Sit at the bar or take a table for a signature Peninsula cocktail and observe how this dignified enclave blossoms into a lively nightspot.
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