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Smokin' in L.A.

Despite Stringent Antismoking Laws, L.A. Residents and Visitors Still Have Plenty of Places To Enjoy a Fine Cigar
Jean T. Barrett
From the Print Edition:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Summer 96

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The Big Easy
12604 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City
(818) 762-EASY (3279)

A large neon sign above this Ventura Boulevard storefront proclaims CIGARS; in the window, a smaller neon display spells out "Fine Cigars--Smoking Room--Private Humidors--Sanctuary." The latter is indeed found at the Big Easy, a comfortable, low-key lounge decorated with funky vintage furnishings. Technically, this is a cigar store; there's no liquor license or food service, but patrons hang out here for hours chewing the fat and enjoying their smokes.

Century City Tobacco Shoppe
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard (Century City Shopping Center), Los Angeles
(310) 277-0760

Century City Tobacco Shoppe offers a full line of cigars and accessories, including humidors, cutters, lighters and cigar books.

Davidoff of Geneva
232 Via Rodeo/North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
(310) 278-8884

This sleek boutique offers an array of luxury merchandise, from sterling cigar ashtrays to Montecristi Fino Panama hats. Davidoff is renovating an upstairs smoking club, the Keep, set to reopen in late spring.

Alfred Dunhill of London
201B North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
(310) 274-5351

Take a break from having your Dunhill suit tailored and settle into an armchair in the upper level humidor of this London-based establishment. Dunhill offers a full line of cigars, humidors and accessories and also maintains private lockers in the humidor.

Gus's Smoke Shop
13420 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
(818) 789-1401

A Valley institution since 1927, this shop has an adjacent 800-square-foot private smoking club with overstuffed chairs, a pool table and poker tables; the membership fee is $500 a year and members receive a 20 percent store discount.

Thomas Hinds Tobacconist
9632 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills
(310) 275-9702

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