Puffing in the 2011 Playoffs—Where to Smoke A Cigar in Baseball’s Postseason

Cigar Aficionado's guide to where you can smoke in MLB’s playoff cities.

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Milwaukee has surprisingly good pitching this year, with Yovani Gallardo, Zack Greinke, Shaun Marcum and Randy Wolf. Milwaukee has John Axford closing games, being set up by Frankie “K-Rod” Rodriguez, who seems to find ways to say or do the wrong thing at the worst time every year.  Milwaukee, whose hitting has been inconsistent beyond Braun and Fielder most of the year, will score enough against a Snakes pitching staff with a combined 3.78 ERA. That’s not much worse than Milwaukee’s at 3.64, but it’s enough of a difference.
I think the Crew win this round easily over Arizona, then falls to Philadelphia in the NLDS.
In a Texas-Philadelphia matchup, I’m picking the Rangers. The much-improved bullpen guides me to that selection. Also, the Rangers hit. I mean, they really hit. Philly can hit, but doesn’t always do so. Of course, the Phillies have the best pitching in baseball and that was the same challenge the Rangers faced last year. Still, Texas crushes the ball. Did I mention that?

Where to Smoke a Cigar in the Playoff Cities

While I will be watching the games at home and enjoying fine cigars and beverages, here’s where to catch a puff if you go to the games.
New York City still ranks number one in places to enjoy a cigar. If you’re going to Texas, check out other possibilities in Dallas and Fort Worth. In Detroit, the stadium has a cigar bar in it, a few good places in the city, and Windsor, Ontario, where you can go buy and smoke (outdoors) a Cuban cigar, is just across the river. Tropicana Field, where the Rays play, is the worst stadium in baseball, but has a cigar bar in it.
Without further delay, here’s the list of my recommended places.

American League Cities

Arlington, Texas
Perfecto Cigar Shop & Lounge (extended hours on game days)
306 Lincoln Square (close to the stadium)
Detroit, Michigan / Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Camacho Cigar Bar (in the stadium)
Comerica Park
2100 Woodward Avenue
La Casa del Habano (has a patio on which you can smoke)
358 Ouellette Ave.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada

New York, New York
The Carnegie Club
156 West 56th St

Cigar Aficionado Lounge/Cigar Inn
1314 1st Avenue (between 70 and 71)

Salon de Ning
The Peninsula New York
700 Fifth Avenue at 55th Street, roof deck

Club Macanudo
26 E. 63rd Street

230 Fifth
New York Market Center Building
230 Fifth Avenue, 20th Floor, PH

Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL

Cuesta-Rey Cigar Bar (in Tropicana Field)
One Tropicana Drive

Kuba Cigars
243 E. Davis Blvd

615 Channelside Drive

Stogie Castillos Cigar Lounge & Factory
1600 East 8th Avenue

National League Cities

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Shaker’s (the only cigar bar in downtown)
422 South 2nd Street

Uhle Tobacco Co. (east of the stadium)
114 West Wisconsin Avenue

Havana Lounge and Cigar (west of the stadium)
9505 West Greenfield Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mahogany on Walnut, the only cigar bar in town
1524 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor

Phoenix, Arizona
Magnum’s Cigars, Wine, Spirits
731 E. Union Hills Drive, Suite B10

St. Louis, Missouri
Ritz-Carlton Cigar Bar & Lounge (private club with day passes available)
100 Carondelet Plaza

Charles P. Stanley Cigar Co. & Lounge
(closer to the stadium)
1000 Washington Avenue
David Savona September 29, 2011 4:53pm ET
I like your story, but not your picks. Yanks in five.
Arthur Pappas MA, September 29, 2011 5:03pm ET
May I also make a shamless plug for Cigar Masters in Worcester MA as a great place to watch a game (even though the Red Sox broke our hearts)?
Chris Homan Coldwater, OH, USA, September 30, 2011 7:49am ET
I'll be watching playoff baseball from the comfort of my own home, with good cigars and scotch on hand, being that my team didn't make it. I really don't care who wins, as long as it's not the Yankees. The only team in professional sports that I loathe more is the Green Bay Packers.
David Savona September 30, 2011 9:43am ET
Funny Arthur, all my friends who are Red Sox fans have shown zero interest in watching the playoffs this year. And Chris, why all the Yankee hatred?
Alex Benes Newbury Park, CA, USA, September 30, 2011 2:21pm ET
Watching from home is the best, really. I turn my screen towards the porch and look through the glass door. I light a big cigar and pour a huge glass of rum and sit back. It's always good weather here!
Chris Homan Coldwater, OH, USA, September 30, 2011 5:58pm ET

I've just never liked the Yankees, and them winninng everything under the sun, going out an dspending money on big-name guys, and having the sports media ramming them down my throat every day gets really old. I know there's a lot of history there, and i can appreciate that, but I just can't stand the Yankees.
David Wisniewski Pennsauken, NJ, USA, October 1, 2011 8:19pm ET
Total agreement with your view on the Yankees, but I want to see them represent the AL, so, the Phils can put those cry babys and their bandwagon fans in their place, once and for all.
Chris Homan Coldwater, OH, USA, October 7, 2011 9:10am ET
Ding dong, the Yanks are GONE!!!! :)

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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