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Upstairs, Downstairs Smoking, Charleston

A trio of cigar-friendly places in Charleston, South Carolina
Alejandro Benes
Posted: October 4, 2007

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The tables and chairs on the roof are outdoor in nature as during the day they sit beside the hotel pool. You can't use the pool unless you're a hotel guest, but I'm told reliably that some patrons have ended up taking an involuntary swim on occasion. Tonight, only the "dancing waters" from a small set of hoses are disturbing the calm in the pool.

The view here is great and the breeze on a warm summer night is refreshing. My Ashton Heritage Puro Sol is a fine complement to the setting as my wife and I agree to meet back at our hotel. I order a glass of wine, a Shiraz, and bogart a lounge chair, which provides a discreet but great position to view all the socializing. I finish my robusto and walk back on Market Street to my hotel. When I get there, my wife tells me she really enjoyed the view of the Pavilion Bar from street level as she looked up and saw the lights on the bottom of the table's umbrellas.

Yes, I say, that was a nice sight. I don't bother to mention that it was pretty nice sitting up there too.

Alejandro Benes lives and smokes cigars in Southern California.

Pavilion Bar (Upstairs) & Grill 225 (Downstairs)
At the Market Pavilion Hotel
225 E. Bay Street
Charleston, SC
Bar is open from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 a.m. daily; light menu available
Grill is open from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. daily

Also cigar-friendly in Charleston:

Vendue Inn, The Rooftop
19 Vendue Range
Charleston, SC
Open from 11:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. or later
Live music until 10:00 p.m.
Note: They don't sell cigars either, but the Smoking Lamp is right across the street. Sweeping harbor views and breezes and fireplaces. Dinner served.

Club Habana
177 Meeting Street (above the Tinder Box tobacco store)
Charleston, SC
Open 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Friday & Saturday; 5 p.m. until 12 a.m. on Sunday; 5 p.m. until 1a.m. Monday through Thursday
Note: You can buy cigars here. Mel Gibson reportedly spent most of his down time here while shooting The Patriot (2000) nearby. Review of the club on in 1999.

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