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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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Philip Dane's Cigar Lounge
9669 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills
(310) 285-9945

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

Bambu
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu
(310) 456-5464

Bambu permits smoking at tables on its spacious patio. Owner Jeanette Farr holds frequent cigar nights on the patio; call for the schedule.

Campanile
624 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
(213) 938-1447

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.

Club Cohiba
144 Pine Avenue, Long Beach
(310) 437-7700

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.

Eclipse
8800 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood
(310) 724-5959


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