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Where to Smoke: Super Bowl Edition

Feb 2, 2012 | By Andrew Nagy
Where to Smoke: Super Bowl Edition

When the New York Giants and New England Patriots meet on Sunday for their second Super Bowl battle in four years, cigar enthusiasts across the country will be watching together, eating, drinking and, of course, smoking.

And while many cigar-heads will puff and party within the confines of the living room, plenty of men and women will also be venturing to their local cigar bar for Super Bowl blow outs that include big-screen televisions, cigar specials, cigar accessory raffles, food, drinks and most importantly, camaraderie.

We checked in with some of the cigar bars in and around New York and Boston to see what they had planned as their local teams duke it out in Super Bowl XLVI.

New York

Cigar Inn (Two locations)
1016 2nd Ave between East 53rd & 54th Streets
and 1314 1st Ave. between East 70th & 71st Streets, Manhattan
Phone: 877-724-4277

The Fakih brothers of Cigar Inn are hosting parties at both of their Manhattan stores, including the location on 2nd Avenue that houses the world’s only Cigar Aficionado smoking lounge and humidor. The parties are set to start at 6 p.m. and cost $20 to get in. This gets you food, drinks and two fine cigars: a 6 inch long by 54 ring gauge limited-edition La Aurora Toro maduro and a Guillermo León Corona Gorda.

Five screens situated around the store coupled with a surround sound system means you won’t miss any of the sights and sounds of Sunday’s game. Add in American food, served buffet-style, libations such as wine and beer (plus you can B.Y.O.B.) and an excellent selection of smokes, and you have yourself a great deal.

Club Macanudo
26 East 63rd Street, Manhattan
Phone: 212-752-8200

Club Macanudo entrance

General Cigar Co.’s upscale cigar bar will be hosting its version of a Super Bowl party complete with cigar specials, raffles, an open bar and fine food.

Mauricio Cordoba, general manager of the club, says the Club Mac the party begins at 6. Inside will be two big-screen plasma televisions and a buffet stocked with American cuisine. The open bar will be well-stocked with premium spirits and wine, and each guest will receive three sticks when they arrive: a Macanudo Crü Royale, a C.A.O. OSA Sol and a Dominican Cohiba.

The price of admission may seem a bit steep ($135 a head), but Cordoba plans to raffle off cigar accessories such as lighters, cigars and portable humidors (in addition to fedoras), which means the ticket could very well end up paying for itself in the end. And remember these two words: open bar.

Fair warning: Club Macanudo requires gentlemen to wear collared shirts. In other words, you’ll have to check in your lucky Giants t-shirt at the door.

Tobacco Plaza
218 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, Long Island

While Long Islanders typically associate themselves with the New York Jets, rest assured Tobacco Plaza is a Giants cigar bar through and through. Owned by Danny Ditkowich, this Great Neck smoke shop offers three lounge areas with comfy chairs and five televisions for viewing the game.

The all-day party is free and will feature catered barbecue chicken wings, lamb and adult beverages. The shop will also offer a cigar special of some kind, which could go a long way considering the large, inviting humidor is stocked with some great sticks.


Cigar Masters (Two locations)
745 Boylston Street, Boston
Phone: 617-266-4400
and One West Exchange Street, Providence
Phone: 401-383-9002

Located in the fashionable and trendy Back Bay neighborhood, Cigar Masters’ Super Bowl shindig starts at 5 p.m. While the general public will be able to enjoy the game in the front of the lounge, a $50 ticket will grant you access to a private seating area in the back.

Both areas offer plush seating and large televisions where the game will be played as well as food, but ticket holders will get a few perks for ponying up the extra dough.

Interior of Cigar Masters in Boston.

Included in the price will be six drink tickets that are good for beers on draft (Sam Adams Lager, Bass, Ommegang Belgium Style Pale Ale, Urquell Pilsner, and Guinness.) These six tickets will also be used for post-game raffles, including a Rocky Patel lighter with a five-cigar gift pack, Savoy Humidor with humidification accessories and a box of El Tiante Cigars Signed by Red Sox legend Luis Tiante.

Ticket holders also will get three cigars: two Rocky Patel Edges and a house-blend smoke.

There will also be an on-site cigar roller selling fresh cigars, and the chance to purchase a cigar-rolling lesson.
The Providence location, just steps away from the city’s train station, will also be participating in the Super Bowl fun.

All weekend the shop will be running a cigar special on the Rocky Patel Edge and will offer a fully stocked bar with beer and premium spirits, including the ultra-rare Louis XIII Cognac.

Shop manager Jessica Levine says a lot of private parties have been booked and that there is also space for the public to gather and watch the game.

The bar isn’t catering the event, but Levine said Fleming’s Steak House is located right next door and ordering food into the shop is highly encouraged (i.e., it’s a great steak.)

Castro’s Back Room (three locations)
119 Main Street, Nashua
Phone: 603-881-7703
972 Elm Street, Manchester
Phone: 603-606-7854
5 Depot Street, Concord

Tucked into the White Mountain state are a trio of cigar shops hosting Super Bowl parties called Castro’s Back Room. Owned by Eric Kilbane (a dedicated Boston sports fan with a wicked accent to prove it), the stores are located in Concord, Nashua and Manchester.

Each of the three locations offers a great selection of smokes as well as large-screen televisions that will be tuned into the game. The Concord location also has a pool table and a poker table in case you are the leisure sport type.

The shops’ regulars plan to supply the food pot-luck style, so if you plan to attend expect some hearty New England cuisine.

“It’s going to be a big chowdown like last year,” said Kilbane.

Kilbane said people will probably begin gathering around noon at each of the stores.

Check in tomorrow to read about the best cigar-smoking events happening this weekend in Indianapolis.

"Tabacco Haus, New Braunfels Texas. Huge selection of great handmades in an awesome walk-in humidor. Pot luck meal and drink specials all day today. Plenty of tv's for today's big game." —February 5, 2012 15:57 PM
"Fellow Texans, even though our teams are not playing, its always worth watching the commercials. Pot luck, and drink specials all day at The Tabacco Haus, New Braunfels,Tx. Great atmosphere." —February 5, 2012 02:01 AM
"Nagy, Nashua is NOT Boston. FYI. AB" —February 4, 2012 00:12 AM
"any montrealers looking for a spot, Stogies Cigar bar is hosting their own superbowl party" —February 3, 2012 23:20 PM
"looking forward to being at the cigar inn on first ave......there will be food....drinks.....cigars......good friends......giant fans......great company... a very comfortable ambiance.....giant tv ......what more can you ask for??????? And when you do take your smoke will truly become an experience......ah the aromas..... Go giants!!!!!!!" —February 3, 2012 14:20 PM

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