Minnesota’s smoking ban was enacted in 2005, forever changing the landscape, and smell, of local bars and lounges. But cigars are different; a more charming activity that doesn’t require you to shiver out in the cold trying to light your last Marlboro. A good cigar bar is a relaxing place, a lounge in which to enjoy the distinct, subtle flavors of the world’s best tobacco. People all over the world enjoy cigars, but in Minnesota, the blue smoke at these bars is better than all the rest. Enjoy a good puff, take a box home or find the perfect gift at these world-class emporiums.
809 Sibley Memorial Highway
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Just outside of St. Paul, this one-of-a-kind tobacco shop and cigar lounge has a gorgeous location tucked into the beautiful bluffs around the Mississippi River Valley. But while the scenery is nice, the place that tags itself “That Tobacco Place” is more importantly the place you want to go for some of the best cigars in the state. The store caters to rookie cigar smokers, those just looking for a gift and experts alike. And if you’re one that appreciates a good view, Perfect Ash does have outdoor benches on which to enjoy your surroundings.
Little Havana Tobacco Inc.
201 Jackson St #101
Anoka, MN 55303
With a name like Little Havana, the bar is set pretty high for cigars. In a beautiful, historic building in downtown Anoka, you’ll find not only high-quality cigars, but a clean, comfortable place to enjoy them. Relax on one of the plush couches, or strike up a conversation with the tobacco enthusiast in the common area. The family-owned business will make you feel right at home, and will happily answer any questions you might have. With cigars available in all price ranges, from casual smoker to top of the line, and a classy place to kick back and smoke, Little Havana certainly does its name justice.
Stogies On Grand
961 Grand Ave.
St Paul, MN 55105
This renovated former home makes for one of the best places to enjoy a cigar. Stogies on Grand evokes old school elegance in a busy shopping district; a place to step away from the Grand Avenue shoppers and relax with a world-class cigar and good company. Known nationally as one of the very best cigar bars, Stogies is the only Minnesota cigar bar to be awarded the “Diamond Crown Lounge” from the J.C. Newman Company, the nation’s oldest premium cigar maker. Three separate lounges in which to relax and a fantastic patio with overhanging trees and brick underfoot will further enhance your cigar smoking experience in the middle of the city.
Golden Leaf Tobacco
277 7th St. W.
St Paul, MN 55102
In the heart of the West 7th Street nightlife district in St. Paul, Golden Leaf is a beautiful, comfortable place to relax with a tasty cigar. Just a hint of delicious tobacco hangs in the air of the turn of the century building, and there are private smoking rooms for you to try out the extensive selection of cigars and pipe tobacco. On warm summer nights, there’s nothing better than sitting outside of Golden Leaf with a cigar in hand and watching the bustle of West 7th go by. Especially popular on nights when the Wild play at the nearby Xcel Energy Center, this is the lively alternative to the often stuffy cigar bar model.
17643 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55391
The friendliest staff in town will help you find the perfect cigar, and this clean, well-ventilated store calls for you to enjoy it there. A larger lounge is available for smoking parties, which are especially nice during cold Minnesota winters. Serving the western suburbs, Cigar Jones is the cigar bar you want in your neighborhood. Not only does it feature an incredible selection of cigars and comfortable surroundings in which to smoke them, but the staff will always remember you and make this spot your own tobacco-based “Cheers.”
Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.