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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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Remi's owner, Jivan Tabibian, is a cigar buff; this popular Italian restaurant has outdoor tables where cigar smoking is permitted. A private room can also be reserved.

Röckenwagner
2435 Main Street, Santa Monica
(310) 399-6504

Röckenwagner has a few outdoor tables where cigar smoking is permitted; tables may be reserved on warm evenings.

Schatzi on Main
3110 Main Street, Santa Monica
(310) 399-4800

Feel free to light up in the bar or at a table in the well-sheltered, and heated, courtyard. The Schatzi humidor offers about 10 selections. A four-course cigar dinner is held on the first Monday of each month ($75 per person, reservations required).

The Viper Room
8852 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood
(310) 358-1880

Thursday nights, this nightspot (Johnny Depp is a co-owner) becomes Mr. Phat's Royal Martini Club under the stewardship of host/promoter Dean R. Miller, who by day is a mild-mannered sales associate at Davidoff of Geneva. Stop by after 10 p.m. to jive to live swing music, sip an icy Martini and enjoy a fine cigar.

CIGAR FRIENDLY HOTEL BARS

Hotel Bel-Air
701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles
(310) 472-1211

After picking your way through the circuitous, hilly streets that snake through this exclusive residential neighborhood, the bar at the Hotel Bel-Air seems particularly welcoming. This intimate lounge draws lots of cigar lovers who appreciate the cozy atmosphere, expert bartending and the recently installed and very powerful air filtration system. On nice evenings, the Bel-Air Restaurant's sheltered outdoor terrace is a great place for dining and a fine cigar.


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