Review: The Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead, Las Vegas, Nevada
- September 11, 2018 |
- By David Clough
There’s a hidden restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip where you can light up a fine cigar, sip on high-end spirits and indulge in a sizzling hot steak all at the same time. It’s called the Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead, and it's a semi-private, wood-paneled dining room sitting inside the 4,000-square-foot Montecristo Cigar Bar at Caesars Palace.
Stroll through Caesars and you might not even realize the Clubhouse is there. There’s no Clubhouse signage on the outside of Montecristo, so it’s a bit of a surprise when you step into the cigar bar, turn the corner, and find yourself in the intimate space for a party of up to 10 people, outfitted with a 55-inch TV and its own dedicated air filtration system—separate from the rest of the cigar bar.
Once you take a seat inside the elegant, dimly lit dining room, you’ll know you’re in the right place: Attentive waitstaff spring into action, ready to light your smoke, take your drink order and tell you more about the dinner menu.
All you need to enter the Clubhouse is a dinner reservation (Montecristo Cigar Bar recommends making a reservation 48 hours in advance, but nabbing a same-day booking is possible, according to management) and your group is expected to spend at least $500 on food and beverages. So with a bit of planning, the Clubhouse can be yours—granting you access to not only the full bar and cigar menu at Montecristo, but the entire wine and food menu from the Old Homestead Steakhouse, which happens to be located right next door to the cigar bar.
If the name wasn’t a dead giveaway, the Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead is a collaborative effort between brothers Marc and Greg Sherry of Old Homestead Steakhouse and Montecristo Cigar Bar, owned by Caesars and Michael Frey, who also oversees two other cigar-themed establishments in the area: Casa Fuente, located within Caesars, and Rhumbar, located at The Mirage. (A third, called Cigarbox, is about a 10-minute drive away from The Strip.)
So what should you smoke when you arrive at the Clubhouse? Well, you’ll have access to Montecristo’s 400-square-foot humidor, packed with brands such as Ashton, My Father, Padrón, H. Upmann, Montecristo, and Romeo y Julieta. You might try an Ashton Symmetry Belicoso, priced at $25, or a Churchill-sized cigar that’ll last you through dinner, such as the Montecristo Classic Churchill, which goes for $23.
And to quench your thirst, there’s an extensive spirits and cocktail menu from the Montecristo Bar—and a fine wine list, too, courtesy of the Old Homestead. The bar makes a great Manhattan ($16), but for something really different, try the Rolling Smoke ($19), made with Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon, Laphroaig Islay whisky, coffee bean-infused Carpano Antica vermouth and vanilla. But before serving, the bartender places the cocktail under a glass jar and uses a handheld smoker to infuse it with a savory, smoky character. It’s very good.
The food menu is extensive, but highlights include the jumbo crab cake ($28), lobster mac and cheese ($26), the 38-ounce lollipop ribeye for two ($125) and the 10-ounce Japanese A5 Wagyu ($280).
So if you’ve always wanted to pair a glass of Pappy Van Winkle with a Padrón 1964 Anniversary and a 24-ounce bone-in ribeye, right on the Vegas Strip—the Clubhouse is the place to be.
The Clubhouse at Montecristo by Old Homestead
Montecristo Cigar Bar
Caesars Palace Las Vegas Hotel And Casino
3570 Las S Vegas Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Montecristo Cigar Bar is open Sunday Through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Friday Through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Clubhouse Hours are Sunday Through Thursday: First Seating 5:00 p.m., Last Seating 9:45 p.m.
Friday Through Saturday: First Seating 5:00 p.m., Last Seating at 10:15 p.m.