Where is the best place to smoke a cigar?
Sometimes, it can be hard to know where to go to smoke your cigar. Home is an obvious choice, as you can be sure that you won’t be disturbed, or disturb others with your smoke (as long as your relatives don't mind it!). But what happens when you don't want to smoke alone? Where can you go to enjoy a cigar in a social situation?
Traditionally, you could go to a gentleman's club, where you would be able to relax with your cigar and a drink, and socialize with the other members. However, I don't know about you, but I'm not a member of a gentleman's club, and I don't know anyone else who is either! So what happens to people like me?
In most hotels, restaurants and clubs, smoking is restricted to certain areas – smoking sections, the saloon bar, and sometimes even the billiard room. In these areas it is safe to smoke, but that's about it. These days, almost all public places have become non-smoking.
It’s always nice to have a cigar after a meal, but make sure you are always aware of the people around you. Don't light up until everybody has finished eating – tobacco and food do not go together at all, and you don't want to offend your dining companions! When everybody is finished, and provided you are sitting in the smoking section of the restaurant, it is perfectly acceptable to smoke.
The hard and fast rule is smoke wherever you can, as long as by doing so you won’t cause offence to any other people. It can be difficult to find cigar-friendly establishments these days, but if you look around, you can find them.
When is the best time to smoke a cigar?
There isn't necessarily a right or wrong time to smoke a cigar. Largely, this will come down to common sense. Zino Davidoff's directives on cigar etiquette specify that you should never smoke a cigar “while working” or “while walking”, but other than that he leaves it largely up to the discretion of the smoker. I would add that you should take note of the company you are in before you decide to just light up and puff away. Perhaps ask the people you are with if they mind you smoking – cigar smoke is dense and clingy with a strong aroma that can be difficult to remove, and asking is the polite thing to do.
Other than that, there are many times that are especially good for cigar smoking – after meals being a particularly popular choice. There's nothing quite like relaxing in a comfortable chair with a cigar and a nice stiff drink (for suggestions on specific drinks that go well with cigars, please see our article What to Drink with Cigars). A good rule of thumb is to always allow yourself at least an hour to properly appreciate the cigar. Some of the bigger cigars may require more time even than this. If you have a long stretch of free time ahead of you, and nothing else that you need to do, then is a good time to smoke a cigar!