Cigar Aficionado

Where to Smoke: Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana, is the center of the football universe as the clock ticks down to 6:30 tomorrow evening when the New York Giants and the New England Patriots will take to the field to fight it out for Super Bowl XLVI. Stars of the football field, film and television have been enjoying the city, and in many cases lighting up cigars during the celebratory week at some of the area’s cigar bars.

On Thursday night, former NFL great and current ESPN personality Ron “Jaws” Jaworski hosted his third annual Super Bowl party, a fundraiser benefiting the Jaws Youth Playbook and Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. The event, which was held at Nicky Blaines Cocktail Lounge, featured cigars from General Cigar Co., Miami Cigar & Co., Rocky Patel Premium Cigars Inc., S.A.G. Imports Inc., and even the Mike Ditka cigar brand, represented by Coach Iron Mike himself. Jaworski, a cigar lover who has attended Cigar Aficionado’s Night to Remember dinner, was joined by his Monday Night Football booth mates, Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.   

Jaws Youth Playbook was formed to help impoverished youths, especially those living in the Philadelphia area. For more information, or to donate, visit

General Cigar is giving out cigars at several other parties this week, including a party tonight celebrating iconic rum brand Bacardi’s 150th anniversary.

Today at Indy Cigar Bar, NFL stars will mingle with cigar smokers puffing Diamond Crown Gridiron Great cigars today beginning at 1 in the afternoon. As with the Jaworski event, this one will benefit a charity, as $1 from the sale of each cigar will go to the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund, supporting former NFL players in need. For more information, or to help, visit

Indianapolis Cigar Bars

Nicky Blaines Cocktail Lounge   
20 North Meridian Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3007
(317) 638-5588

Indy Cigar Bar
3357 East 86th Street,
Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 202-0720