1 Cigar Lounge at Chamberlain's
It doesn't get more traditional than Chamberlain's smoking lounge. You can almost imagine Churchill in one of the lavish high-back chairs, puffing steadily on an Avo Tesoro (one of the hard-to-find cigars available at Chamberlain's). The smoking den is full of distressed leather couches, a faux baby grand piano with bar stools, and dining tables for those looking to enjoy a 10 ounce ribeye with their Johnny Walker and stogy. The filtration in the room is top of the line, an upgraded A/C system with three corner-mounted exhaust vents so that you only taste your choice of their 16 available cigars (or, bring one from home for a cutting fee.) Add to that the extensive wine list and live piano entertainment, and you've got yourself a night in a bygone era, where the mere concept of a smoking ban would be met with an eruption of clamourous scoffing.
5330 Belt Line RoadSuite B972.934.2467www.chamberlainsrestaurant.com
2 Javier's Cigar Room
Javier's Gourmet Mexican restaurant in uptown is very much a see-and-be-seen kind of scene, and this goes double for its cigar lounge. Have a delicious meal and then head to the back room for a seat in front of the fire, an aromatic Cuban between your fingers, having a laugh and a margarita with your closest friends.
4912 Cole Avenue214.521.4211www.javiers.net
3 Absinthe Lounge
A modern take on an old concept, Absinthe Lounge inside Southside on Lamar echoes a dark, Parisian club scene coupled with a seductive 1920s Speakeasy, with a humidor to boot. Grab a martini and one of their cigars, tap your toe to a live jazz band and muster up the courage to try one of their imported Absinthe liquors, now legal to sell in the US (minus the mind-altering ingredients that conjure up the illusive green fairy.)
1409 S. Lamar St.214.941.9338www.absinthelounge.net
4 Havana Social Club
While other cigar lounges may be all about a throwback to another time, Havana Social Club in Victory Park is about going to another place. Not only does the Cuban club offer a wide array of fine cigars, from Arturo Fuente to Zino Davidoff, but the joint is filled with classic rum cocktails, from one of the best mojitos in town to authentic Cuban sangria. For those cigar connesieurs who like to keep their stogies in perfect form, the club offers private humidor lockers, sort of like safes to keep your smokes in peak condition.
3030 Olive StreetSuite 103214.303.0544www.havanasocialclub.net
5 Sabor Cigar and Wine Lounge
On the north side of town, there's Sabor Cigar and Wine, where you can enjoy the finest in cigars, an inventory which fluctuates but carries all the usual suspects, as well as a healthy list of tantalizing vino and imported beer. Feeling peckish? There's the typical light fare to accompany your tobacco of choice.
1101 Bear Creek ParkwaySuite 3101817.741.4813www.saborcigarlounge.com