Best Cigar Bars in Washington, D.C.

February 27, 2014 8:00 AM

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Relaxing with a cigar is a favorite pastime for many, but one’s own home is not always the ideal place to enjoy a cigar. These fantastic cigar bars are great for sitting back and enjoying a smoke with friends. Each one offers tasty beverages to enjoy with a cigar, and some even have food, music and cigar lockers for rental in which patrons can store cigars in a controlled temperature so that the flavor is preserved.

Civil Cigar Lounge
5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 364-0800

The Civil Cigar Lounge is the ideal place for real cigar aficionados. One of the perks is an extensive cigar menu, where even the pickiest cigar smoker is sure to find something he or she likes. Additionally, the venue offers humidified cigar lockers where you can store your cigars in a safe place. Finally, the Civil Cigar Lounge has a great drink menu with everything from whiskey and bourbon to wine and beer, so you can enjoy a beverage with your smoke.

Ozio Restaurant and Lounge
1813 M St. NW
Washington, DC 22036
(202) 822-6000

Ozio’s has long since been one of D.C.’s favorite cigar bars. The venue has a great cigar menu and a fun, casual atmosphere in which to enjoy your cigar. Guests can also sip on beverages from the extensive cocktail menu or nosh on tapas, entrees or desserts from the extensive food menu. Choose from a variety of small plates like chicken taquitos, soups, salads and sandwiches.

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Shelly’s Back Room
1331 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202)  737-3003

Shelly’s Back Room features a great cigar menu that is divided into mild, medium and full-bodied cigars. The rustic, comfortable spot is also well-known for its lengthy single-malt scotch menu. Other beverages, as well as food, are also available. Patrons can order from a plethora of snacks and appetizers, as well as sandwiches and entrees like pasta jambalaya and angus beef tenderloin. See Shelly’s website for information on special events such as whiskey tastings.

Basin Street Lounge
219 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1141

Famous for live jazz and blues performances, this bar will supply you with cigars, drinks, food and music for your enjoyment. The lounge offers a wide variety of whiskies, wines and cocktails as well as appetizers and New Orleans-style dishes like Big Easy BBQ shrimp, blackened crispy skin salmon and fried chicken and waffles. Cigar lockers are also available for a reasonable price. Head over with a group of friends and snag one of the comfy couches where you can indulge in an a relaxing evening of smooth jazz.

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TJ Cigars
1118 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 289-8684

This downtown cigar lounge is as popular for its relaxing atmosphere as it is for its cigar blog, cigar reviews and cigar club. The cigar club is a great way to meet other people who enjoy smoking cigars in the DC area. The lounge has an adjoining shop with cigars and accessories, such as ashtrays and lights. The bar is open seven days a week, and the lounge can be reserved for private events.

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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