Cigar Aficionado

Fletcher’s Cigar Bar & Social, Ormond Beach, Florida

Volusia County in Florida is known for beaches, bikers, and, of course, NASCAR’s Daytona 500, but owner Bill Fletcher saw a hole in the landscape: an inviting cigar spot. “I was tired of smoking cigars on my back porch as well as going to clubs, [so] I opened Fletcher’s.”

His cigar bar’s layout, longer than it is wide, offers an intimate conversation area with the requisite leather couches poised a few feet in front of sitting chairs. Hanging flat-screen TVs give this bar a slightly sporty vibe during televised events or Thursday poker nights. Live jazz and blues fill the space on Fridays and Saturdays with the help of a baby grand piano near the entrance. Fletcher’s also features a private conference room and personalized, brass-plate lockers for loyal patrons.

Half of the lounge serves as the walk-in humidor stocked with Honduran, Dominican and Nicaraguan cigars. “Hard to say what my most popular sell is, but I consistently sell more Rocky Patel,” Fletcher says. The inventory is influenced by the buying patterns of his loyal customers—“I make sure to carry what they like to smoke—” promising that you’ll run into a few regulars when you visit. Fletcher describes the crowd as “everyone from 18-92 years old. Musicians, lawyers, doctors, students, or CEOs. Cigars are the common denominator.”

This laid-back attitude makes Fletcher’s a welcome spot for the cigar buff or newbie, and the bar offerings make this a great place to go even if a cigar isn’t on the agenda. More than a half-dozen craft beer taps, often featuring a Florida-brewed Cigar City draft, plus a good bottle selection equals plenty of quality beers powerful enough to stand up to any cigar’s flavor. A selection of optimal pairing wines is also available.

Fletcher's Cigar Bar and Social beer tap.
Fletcher's offers six beers on tap, plus a good bottle selection.

An Ormond Beach native, Fletcher wanted to give back to the community and local economy which he does two-fold with his other business, Fletcher’s Seaside Automotive, a full service car and motorcycle shop.

Weekday happy hours from 3-6 p.m. round out the specials, but that’s not all that makes Fletcher’s a cigar haven. “Fletcher’s is special because the people are special. We take the time to get to know everyone. From what they drink, smoke, to their hobbies and passions. We are a comfortable atmosphere to get away from it all…to hang with the guys or have a ladies’ night out,” Fletcher says.

Locals and visitors alike will find Fletcher’s a surprising cigar tavern and dose of classy tucked away in an area strewn with strip malls and tacky souvenir shops.

Fletcher’s Cigar Bar & Social
1220 Hand Avenue
Ormond Beach, Florida 32174
(386) 677-2700
Tuesday – Saturday: 3 p.m.-12 a.m.

Shawndra writes about craft beer as much as she can to justify her obsession with tasty, potent brews and has smoked a cigar or two with her favorite pints.

"Visited twice during my trips to Florida for a cruise. Friendly staff and great atmosphere. During both visits, I had an interesting conversation with locals and picked up a few good sticks. Easy on-easy off location right off I-95 made it easily accessible. Any one traveling through should stop by. Well worth the rest period." —April 26, 2012 21:54 PM
"I try to go there when i have a long day to unwind and have a nice relaxing smoke. Its always very relaxed, except when there are events (superbowl, playoffs, st. patty's day), and even then its with regulars that you get to know. Definitely a high class place for anyone wanting to feel like a high roller where you feel important. The bar tenders know who you are and what you tend to like, so they help steer you in a direction of something new that you might like. I highly recommend this place to anyone in town, or passing through." —April 22, 2012 17:33 PM
"This place is great, comfortable, and there'snothing else like it in the area. Bill (the owner) is friendly. The girl working the bar is one of the most gorgeous girls in the city, and very friendly." —April 14, 2012 22:49 PM
"They have great entertainment! (note: I'm often the entertainment)" —April 12, 2012 16:19 PM
"I'm fortunate to live near the cigar bar & have had our ladies club, Cigar Sofisticada host socials there. The variety of cigars & swanky environment is always a perfect combination whether I'm visiting alone or with the girls! " —April 6, 2012 10:47 AM
"I went there in December a few months ago, really nice looking place and a great location. The bartender was unfortunately rather rude, but I'm willing to attribute this to an off day. I'll have to check it out again when I'm in town." —April 6, 2012 08:34 AM