|Luxe Club Macanudo|
The speak-easies of old oozed charm, but those pesky Mafia affiliations didn't scream "genteel." Today, men bond over football and beer in sports bars, where male camaraderie is potent -- but so is the Axe body spray and the truck driver next to you.
Weathering the storm of smoking bans sweeping the country, cigar lounges have emerged as the new clubs, offering their discerning clientele a way to mingle with the best society while holding up against tough cigar connoisseurs (no underground crime record required).
Haven Away From HavanaVictoria McKee, spokeswoman for
|The 63rd St. Martini|
Not Yet TabooYou don't want what you can still have. That's why Prague's tycoons and A-listers are not as crazy about cigar-exclusive lounges. Lucky Czechs can still light up almost anywhere, says Martina Pesdova, manager of
Escaping the BanClub Macanudo had a slight spike in business when the 2003 New York smoking ban first went into effect, says McKee. Like other cigar lounges, business wasn't affected dramatically, because Club Macanudo has a solid customer base.
|Czech Out Cigars at Bar and Books|
Enjoy the Good Life? Email us with what you'd like to see in future articles.