When Quebec’s anti-smoking law came into effect in 2006, the only folks heaving a smoky sigh of relief were cigar aficionados. Thanks to a grandfather clause, the law spared cigar lounges (unlike Toronto, where only an array of now-smokeless shops remains; for the finest of these, click here). Presenting Montreal’s best places to light up.
The city’s best pure cigar lounge offers a wide selection of Cuban and Dominican cigars and cigarillos, 101 different martinis and more than 20 brands of single-malt scotch. Knowledgeable staff members don’t impose a cutting fee if you bring your own. 2015 Crescent St., 514-848-0069 .
Montreal’s best place to enjoy a single-malt has a separate cigar lounge, which carries between 30 and 50 brands of cigars and cigarillos, ranging from $1 to $100. (There’s a $10 cutting fee for BYO.) The Café specializes in pairing cigars with its 150-odd brands of scotch. 5800 St. Laurent Blvd., 514-278-2646 .
Queue de Cheval
This steakhouse, known for dry-aged beef and well-preserved cougars, turned its bar into a cigar lounge, featuring leather sofas, giant plasma screens and live jazz. The Queue primarily sells Cubans (up to $120), and offers expert cocktails. For dedicated regulars, it provides private, locked humidors. 1221 René Lévesque W. 514-390-0090 .
Rib ’n Reef
The lounge was once a members-only section of this steakhouse; now, anyone can choose from 40 brands of cigars. Prices range from $3 to $80 and a cigar butler is on hand to assist with selections. The interior is all leather and dark wood and warmer months offer an outdoor patio. 8105 Decarie Blvd., 514-735-1601
Did we miss any great spots? Where do you like to purchase and smoke your cigars? Let us know by commenting below.
Photo courtesy of Georgio.