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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One of the hottest see-and-be-seen places in town is also cigar friendly. Owner Bernard Erpicum has placed the 60-seat patio dining area under a tent and, rain or shine, the outdoor tables are now politely fought over by Eclipse's cigar loving patrons. Eclipse holds regular cigar dinners; call for the schedule.
2930 Bristol Boulevard, Costa Mesa
"Pre-Castro Cuba" is the theme of this new restaurant--need we say more? Opened last year in the Lab, an Orange County shopping mall, Habana has quickly become a favorite for its authentic Cuban cuisine and retro decor. The restaurant maintains a humidor, and after 10 p.m. cigar smoking is permitted at the bar and at tables on the patio.
McCormick & Schmick's
206 North Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
633 West Fifth Street, 4th Floor, Los Angeles
111 North Los Robles, Pasadena
The Beverly Hills branch of this upscale Portland, Oregon-based seafood chain boasts outdoor tables in a sheltered courtyard in the Via Rodeo development, where cigar smoking is permitted. The outdoor dining area is just steps away from the Davidoff store, but the restaurant also offers a selection of cigars from its own humidor. The downtown L.A. location permits cigar smoking in the main bar after 8 p.m. and on the patio. The Pasadena branch permits cigar smoking in the bar.
1147 Third Street, Santa Monica
Michael's offers a well-stocked humidor and permits cigar smoking in the bar and, late in the evening, at tables in the garden.
Arnie Morton's of Chicago
435 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles
This popular steakhouse permits cigar smoking in the bar and runs cigar events throughout the year.
1451 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica
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