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Light a Smoke and Stay Warm in Boston
Cigar Masters makes it possible
Thomas Johansmeyer (tomj)     Print Article 
Published 2008-03-23 06:53 (KST)   
Smoking bans have left those who enjoy the vice out in the cold. Boston, in particular, interprets this fact literally. As the wind whips up Boylston Street, smokers are left to freeze as they puff. Fortunately, Cigar Masters offers an alternative. One of the few smoking lounges in the country that is open to the public, it is indeed possible to enjoy a cigar and a glass of wine without harassment from the frigid air.

In May 2003, the city of Boston prohibited smoking in bars and restaurants, signaling the end of the hosts' first question: "Smoking or non?" This decision followed a similar law in New York; many other cities have come to adopt this restriction. Nearly five years later, Boston's Cigar Masters continues to thrive in what can only be considered a hostile environment.

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Many cities offer cigar shops. Consumers can purchase their preferred sticks and possibly even smoke them on the premises. Boston itself offers nearly 40 within city limits, according to CitySearch.com, with more in the adjacent suburbs. In all fairness, though, the bulk of these smoke shops are mere newsstands that offer a few brands that are poorly maintained. Further, the Web site still includes restaurants, such as the Oak Room, that once offered cigars to patrons but stopped after the smoking ban was passed.

"Real" cigar shops are much fewer, with L. J. Peretti across from Boston Common setting the standard. But, Peretti is small, offering little space for smoking. Typically, cigars are purchased and consumed elsewhere. Gloucester Street Cigar is marginally better, offering plenty of seating, but no beverages (or bathroom). Sources in the industry say that Gloucester Street could be on its last legs, narrowing the field of major players to just Peretti and Cigar Masters.

Cigar Masters offers a unique experience, in Boston or anywhere else. The large store on Boylston Street offers a walk-in humidor with an ample selection, though it does favor lower-end premium cigars and the ultra-expensive without addressing the middle. But the inventory does address the basics, with cigars from Ashton, La Gloria Cubana and Pepin Garcia. At the other end of the spectrum, connoisseurs will find premium Davidoff Millennium and Winston Churchill brands.

The lounge itself, though, is a remarkable sight. Seating is abundant. Guests can occupy one of the many leather chairs or couches, watch a big-screen television in the back room or sit at the bar. Yes, there is a bar, and it serves an impressive selection of beer and wine along with coffee and espresso drinks.

Any male-dominated atmosphere, of course, features an attractive female staff, and the bartenders appear to have been hired for their looks, but don't be surprised when they serve you efficiently and politely. They are competent before beautiful and master both with ease. The sex appeal does not come across as gratuitous, and the lounge is female-friendly. On any afternoon or evening, one will find a number of women present simply enjoying a drink, a cigar or both.

Inveterate cigar smokers and one-time celebrants will find Cigar Masters welcoming and experience the height of cigar pleasure. The music can be a bit loud, and be aware that the lounge can become crowded at peak times. For a change, smoke without having the Back Bay wind blow out your match.
©2008 OhmyNews
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