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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Philip Dane's Cigar Lounge
9669 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills
Just up the street from Hamilton's, this redwood-paneled, retro-themed lounge attracts a crowd of young, unpretentious folk who like to select their cigars from the walk-in humidor and to place their drink orders with one of Philip Dane's comely cigar girls. Dane, 29, explains, "I wanted a place where I felt comfortable at any hour of the day or night, whether I was wearing ripped jeans or an Armani suit." Dane has a beer and wine license and has applied for a full liquor license; a catered buffet is offered nightly. VIP memberships are available for $800 annually, which includes a $50 monthly merchandise credit.
CIGAR FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS AND BARS
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
Bambu permits smoking at tables on its spacious patio. Owner Jeanette Farr holds frequent cigar nights on the patio; call for the schedule.
624 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Last year, Campanile installed a glassed-in humidor just past the maitre d' stand, and the restaurant's bar is now a favored evening spot for cigar loving devotees of great Italian food and wine. You've enjoyed cigars with single malt Scotch and Cognac; now, try a fine smoke with one of Campanile's 70 grappas.
144 Pine Avenue, Long Beach
Upstairs from Mum's restaurant, this nightclub is open, with a cover charge, on Friday and Saturday evenings for dancing and live music. There's a full bar and, in the billiard room, a spacious humidor with a wide selection of smokes.
8800 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
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