La Palina Lounge Opens Inside New York’s Carnegie Club

La Palina Lounge Opens Inside New York’s Carnegie Club
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La Palina owner Bill Paley greets a guest at the grand opening of the La Palina Lounge.

A new cigar lounge in a familiar setting is now open in New York City.

La Palina Cigars celebrated the launch of its first-ever branded lounge inside midtown Manhattan's Carnegie Club last night, introducing several additions to the classic New York cigar bar, including new lockers, vintage decor and cigar offerings.

"It feels great. I now have my foothold in New York, back where it all started," said La Palina owner Bill Paley, sitting alongside company co-presidents Sam Phillips and Clay Roberts. Paley spent much of his youth in New York, where his father, media mogul William S. Paley, owned several homes.

The La Palina lounge occupies the second floor of the Carnegie Club. The upstairs section overlooks the bar and comfortably seats about twenty patrons. Twenty-two humidified lockers have been installed, which can be rented for an annual fee ranging from $1,000 to $1,500, depending on the size of the locker. (A box of La Palina Family Series comes with the rental.)

La Palina and Angel's Envy offered cigars and cocktails to guests.
La Palina and Angel's Envy offered cigars and cocktails to guests.

To make sure you know that you've stepped into the La Palina lounge, the humidified lockers at the top of the stairs bear the La Palina name. Paley has also put his stamp on the space with branded ashtrays, pillows and vintage artwork. A large neon sign has yet to be hung, but Paley plans on installing one to illuminate the far corner of the lounge. Carnegie Club will also feature several higher-end La Palina brands inside its humidor.

The Washington D.C.-based cigar company plans on utilizing this space for future cigar launches and events. The grand opening of the lounge marked the first official event, where guests sampled the company's Mr. Sam and El Diario cigars, sipped Angel's Envy whiskey and enjoyed a live jazz band.

A group of guests enjoying the cigars and libations.
A group of guests enjoying the cigars and libations.

Earlier in the day, Paley celebrated the 50th anniversary of his namesake Paley Park on 53rd Street. Situated between two buildings, the privately owned pocket-park is a well-kept secret among the city's cigar smokers, known as one of the few areas open to the public where cigar smoking is still permitted.

At Carnegie, Paley sat with his legs crossed in a tan suit, puffing on a cigar while reminiscing about the days of old New York.

"This is a great space," said Paley. "We're thrilled to have our cigars associated with a classic cigar bar like this."