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Mickey Blake’s Cigars and Golf, Southington, Connecticut

David Savona
Posted: August 15, 2013

A short drive from the tobacco fields of the Connecticut River Valley stands Mickey Blake's Cigars and Golf in Southington, Connecticut. The cigar shop and lounge, tucked just off a main road less than 1,000 yards from Interstate 84, looks small and unassuming from the outside, but beyond the doors lies a playground for lovers of the leaf.

Mickey Blake's looks like a typical cigar store at first, with a good selection of smokes, many of them boutique, in a clean and well-lit, walk-in humidor. To the left of the humidor is the public smoking lounge, with 1,600 square feet of smoking space. The lounge has several couches and tables and something quite unusual for a cigar shop: two golf simulators, each capable of putting you on one of 13 different courses. Management says the simulators are very popular during the winter, which can be particularly cold and snowy in central Connecticut. They also double as large-screen televisions.

As fine as the public lounge is, an even bigger section awaits, hidden from view. It's the 2,200-square foot members' lounge. This section has yet another golf simulator (reserved for members), private humidified lockers, poker tables, high-definition TVs and a wine cooler for members to store drinks. (Mickey Blake's is BYOB, and there's a well-stocked liquor store next door.) Membership is $50 a month, which includes discounts on cigars, the simulators and access to events.

Mickey Blake's opened in July 2011. Owned by partners Luis Rodriguez, Joe Colaninno and Marco Longo, the original idea was for a more modest creation.

"We never were in the cigar industry," said Rodriguez, who worked in construction before forming Mickey Blake's. "Originally, we wanted to open up a small store, but we said we needed something to set us apart."

 

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The public lounge at Mickey's offers 1,600 square feet of smoking space.

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A good selection of smokes, many of them boutique, are for sale in a clean and well-lit, walk-in humidor.

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In total there are three golf simulators at Mickey Blake's capable of putting you on one of 13 different courses.

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The poker table inside the members' lounge.

The shop has understandably built a following. Not only are there 175 members, according to Rodriguez, but several cigar industry notables have made appearances at the store, and management claims that anchors from ESPN (headquartered in nearby Bristol) are frequent visitors, along with many of the sports stars they interview on-screen.

The inside is comfortable and inviting, considerably spacious and tremendously appealing. After all, what better way to spend a rainy or snowy day than by hitting a few golf balls while puffing away in comfort on a fine cigar?

Mickey Blake's Cigars and Golf
50 Spring St.
Southington, CT 06489
(860) 426-9760
Monday to Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Comments   5 comment(s)

Luis Rodriguez — Southington, Connecticut, U.S.A.,  —  August 15, 2013 5:09pm ET

Incredibly flattered to be featured. Thanks to all our amazing friends who've gotten us here, and thank you Cigar Aficionado.
Luis Rodriguez


opaque/63e303ae-0365-11e3-9cec-000bcdca4d7a August 19, 2013 3:19pm ET

I'm in central CT several times a year, I never miss going to Mickey Blake's. There are no flaws in the enterprise; a true cigar lovers dream shop/lounge. Thanks, guys!


Andre Pacelli — Wethersfield, Ct, USA ,  —  August 26, 2013 8:57am ET

Wow I was excited to see a local place featured!! Im new to the cigar scene and live a few towns over! I will def be stopping in.


Jerry Albino — Bristol, Ct, Usa,  —  September 12, 2013 4:50pm ET

As a two year member I am excited to see that Mickey Blake's is mentioned in Cigar Aficionado. Well deserved. Lou, Joe and Marco are always welcoming and the humidor &member lounge are top notch!


Vinod Tonangi November 14, 2014 1:55pm ET

Not impressed. Their humidor selection is "meh", but if all I wanted to do is to buy a cigar I could buy them online. I go to cigar lounges for the experience. The place is uninviting and their customer service is non-existent. Try asking a question and you might just feel like an idiot. The place is big, I'll admit that - but that's all it has going for it. The people here are rude, crude, and annoying. I won't be going back. There are much nicer places, with people that actually care about their customers, and actually can answer questions when you want to try something new.

I recently heard that they might be closing this location down - and I can understand exactly why.


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