Cigar Aficionado

First Cigar Bar Opens in Nicaragua

Nicaragua, a country known for producing some of the world's finest handmade cigars, now has a fitting spot in which to enjoy them. The country's first cigar bar is up and operational.

CigarsZone opened in early 2009 in Nicaragua's capital city of Managua, adjacent to the highly popular Galerias Santo Domingo Mall. The narrow lounge features white couches, a full bar with Nicaraguan rums, Cognacs, whiskeys, vodkas and other beverages. On the second floor is a very well stocked walk-in humidor and a humidified coffee table featuring cigars from Nicaragua's big name producers. There are Padróns, CAOs, Carlos Toraños, Joya de Nicaraguas and Plasencias. A few Honduran-made CAOs and Toraños are on display as well. The people behind the bar include the Oliva family, who run the Scandinavian Tobacco factories in Nicaragua and Honduras that make C.A.O. and Carlos Toraño cigars.

The selection includes true rarities from the cigar world, such as Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years and Padrón Family Reserve No. 45s, Cigar Aficionado's Cigar of the Year.

Smoking is permitted throughout the CigarsZone bar. Seating is also available directly outside in the bustling courtyard, which is surrounded by restaurants and bars. The CigarsZone waitstaff can supply menus from the neighboring restaurants and bring you a full dinner, if you'd like to smoke while you dine.

The owners intend to open a second CigarsZone in Estelí, a very quiet town in Nicaragua where most of the nation's cigars are made.