The last remaining Ritz-Carlton Cigar Club, located in St. Louis, Missouri, is getting a swanky renovation and is expected to open back up this month. Exclusive to members and overnight hotel guests, the classy establishment is updating its menu of infused liquors, indulgent libations and classic American fare. This all, of course, alongside a selection of 25 premium handmade cigars.
Put on your Cigar Club-exclusive smoking jacket as you enter the chic parlor. Guests will notice an updated logo fit for a private country club and signage reminiscent of a Roaring 20s establishment. Across the ceiling and around the room you’ll see finely crafted wooden finishes, rich designs and art ranging from antique-looking posters of cigars to montages of original cigar bands and abstract paintings. For seating, you can catch a game on the television at the bar, find a corner to read a good book from the expansive bookcase or have a private conversation with friends around a table.
The cigar menu consists of 25 cigars separated by light, light-medium, medium, medium-full and full. It includes such smokes as the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 90, Davidoff Escurio Gran Perfecto and Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut Toro, amongst an assortment of brands like Arturo Fuente, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton and San Cristobal.
For drinks, there’s no shortage of Tequilas, whiskeys, gins, Scotches, Cognacs, wines and beers. On the menu are also housemade, specialty-infused liquors. Try the Walnut Rum Raisin: Mount Gay rum infused with smoked walnuts, vanilla bean, cinnamon stick, sliced plantain, ripe banana, raisins, sugar cane and honey. Or, spice it up with the Jalapeño Lime Tequila: 1800 Reposado tequila infused with jalapeños and limes. These infused spirits can offer creative alternatives to classic favorites.
If hungry, diners can stick to classic appetizers like the crispy St. Louis chicken wings or a Reuben sandwich. Guests can also complete a meal with pizza, filet mignon or salmon and top it off with a gooey butter sundae or crème brûlée.
How much does this all cost? The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis offers a single membership rate with a standard humidor at $2,700, a single membership rate with a premium humidor at $3,200 and a corporate rate of $7,000 for up to 6 people ($2,000 per additional member). Of course, overnight guests get access to the room as well for no additional fee.
Typically, there is a maximum capacity of 95 members allowed in the club; however, due to COVID-19 there is currently a 50 percent reduction to 48 members. As of now, members must make reservations–otherwise, they may come and go as they please with their personalized proximity keys from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Sunday.
The newly envisioned Cigar Club came together through a partnership involving the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, Atlanta-based architecture and interior design firm The Johnson Studio and Green Olive Media. The Club plans to re-open to its members this month. For the full updated menu, click here.
The RItz-Carlton Cigar Club
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105
Open Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.