“Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.”
- George Burns
Despite the shift towards “healthier living,” Montréal has retained its affection for smoking. It is not uncommon for a local to have a brisk afternoon jog on Mount Royal, and then, come evening, light up a cigarette on a breezy summer terrace. It’s all part of our joie de vivre.
A cigar can make you feel like a million bucks – a fella can quickly appear to be a stoic political hero, while a woman takes on the essence of a gold medal champ. So it’s only natural to kick up your heels when you are on a getaway, and savor the sweet taste of leisure and success.
Here are four options where you can light up a stogie in Montréal…
- Stogies Cigar Lounge – Located in the heart of Montréal’s party block, Stogies offers a fine selection of scotches, wines, beers and martinis (101 choices!) – your hands will be inevitably kept occupied. You can bring your own cigar, or choose from a vast selection of Cuba’s finest (at retail prices). Consult website for various special events. 2015 Crescent Street.
- Whiskey Café – With over 150 scotch whiskeys to choose from, this Mile End lounge has secured itself as hands down one of the top lounges in the city. Ask one of the servers to help pair your cigar with an appropriate whiskey. A $10 cutting fee for BYO. 5800 St. Laurent Boulevard.
- Rib’n Reef Steakhouse – Located above the restaurant section, the cigar lounge is devoted to those who enjoy a good stogie. They feature an extensive selection of Cuban and Dominican cigars from Cohiba to Montecristo to satisfy any craving. Just minutes from the airport. 8105 Decarie Boulevard.
- Queue de Cheval – “Go big or stay home!” – that’s how “The Q” rolls. This resto/lounge is a meat-lovers wet dream, featuring Charlevoix veal, a prime selection of “dry aged” steak cuts and homemade sausage. Match your meat with an extensive selection of fine smokes. 1221 Boulevard René-Lévesque West.
INSIDER INFO: Smoking has been banded from bars and restaurants since 2006. So if you detest the smell of cigarettes (and still are miraculously reading this article), there’s no need for concern!
Now, if you are not familiar to the sophisticated world of cigar smoking, here’s a helpful clip to give you a brief introduction on how you can become a cigar aficionado!
Thanks Nazareth, you’re a champ!