I’ve always found it fascinating how Americans love cigars. Your average cigar smoker in America is between the age of 26 and 38 years old. That’s a very affluent market with over 3.8 billion cigars being smoked annually nationwide. Yet back home in South Africa you barely see cigars at stores or clubs and the younger market are often the least likely to be seen smoking them. To help anyone out there looking for advice on all things cigar, I’ve found all the info you need from lounges to online ordering services.
You can’t smoke cigars without buying some first, so I found the best place to get good imported cigars and at the best prices in the whole country, too good to be true? Check out www.cigarclub.co.za. They require you to register as a club member before you can purchase but membership is FREE, so no stress. Tip: take a look at their offerings carefully because they have special packages worked out for weddings, or sample packs of the five top rated cigars etc. These packages are also cool because you save a bit off a regular purchase… and that’s always good.
Katzy’s is a five star experience as far as bars and lounges go. They specialise in live jazz with that wall to wall leather and wood look, expensive whiskeys and of course smoking stoggies. They will sell you a cigar and provide the perfect environment for you to smoke it.
Cubana as the name so implies is a Cuban themed venue where you can buy cigars and relax to one in a faux Cuban type environment. Their claim to fame is that they are singularly the biggest on premises cigar traders in South Africa with all the Cuban and Dominican cigars a connoisseur might want, to the more popular marketable brands not to mention their own branded cigar which is apparently quite pleasing.
Outer Limits Restaurant and Bar
Outer Limits Restaurant and Bar is an amazing venue for a good night out but that’s not why I’m bringing it to your attention. They also host a stylish lounge area where you can buy and smoke cigars. The venue is particularly funky with an outdoor ‘beach’ type bar and bonfires in the evening.
The Polo Bar at the Westcliff Hotel
The Polo Bar is a stylish colonial setting with a polo based design giving you a feel of majesty and wealth. The view from Polo Bar is unbelievable and they are OK with cigar smoke so it makes for the perfect place to light up. Dig into one of their delicious cocktails and kick back to a stoggie with the whole of Joburg beneath you… what could be better?
By Byron Marais
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