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Best Upscale Cigar Bars in Tampa & Pinellas

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Three men enjoy an afternoon glass of wine and a cigar (Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Three men enjoy an afternoon glass of wine and a cigar (Photo credit PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

If you love a good cigar and a drink in an upscale environment you have come to the right city! Even our ballpark – Tropicana Field – has a trendy and swank cigar bar in it. Most cigar shops on both sides of the bay have comfy chairs to sit in while you smoke, but very few are in a trendy bar setting and sell alcohol.  Here is our list of the best upscale cigar bars in Tampa Bay.
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LIT Premium Cigar Lounge – Channelside
615 Channelside Dr. Suite 114b / Tampa 33602
(813) 221-LIT8 (5548)

Website: www.litcigarlounge.com

LIT Premium Cigar Lounge offers a upscale atmosphere perfect for savoring a hand rolled cigar while enjoying your favorite cocktail. Lit has a full service bar specializing in rare single malt scotches, signature martinis, homemade white and red sangria, and mojitos. Walk in Humidor, valet, smoking accessories, HD TV’s and WiFi.

Hours: Mon – Fri 4pm – 1am / Sat 4pm – 3am /
Sun 4pm – mid

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King Corona Cigars – Ybor City
1523 E. 7th Ave. / Tampa 33605
(813 241-9109

Website: www.kingcoronacigars.com

When you walk in, you can feel the history in the building. You’re in the same place the rollers of a century ago helped make Tampa’s Ybor City the cigar capital of the world. Their shop is well stocked with original and other hand rolled products and smoking accessories. Their bar settling is perfect for sipping port, wine or imported beers while smoking a fine cigar. They also serve food including Cuban breads, coffee, sandwiches and other food made fresh to order. They have indoor and outdoor seating.

Hours: Sun 12pm – 12am / Mon – Wed 8am – 12am /
Thur 8am – 1am / Fri 8am – 2am / Sat 10am – 2am /
closed Sun

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Central Cigars – St. Petersburg
273 Central Avenue / St. Petersburg 33701
(727) 898-2442

Website: www.centralcigars.ning.com

This trendy and popular downtown St. Petersburg cigar bar sells hand rolled cigars which they roll on site for you. They have a full bar and big comfortable leather chairs and couches to sit in while you enjoy your smoke. They have a walk in humidor and they rent lockers in it to store your collection.

Hours: Mon – Wed 10am – mid / Thu – Sat 10am – 2am /
Sun noon – 8pm
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Fusion Cigar Lounge – Clearwater Beach
483 Mandalay Avenue, Suite 112 / Clearwater Beach, FL 33767-2034
(866) 744-8030

Website: www.fusioncigarlounge.com

Fusion is a relaxing upscale cigar bar and lounge on Clearwater beach with indoor and outdoor smoking areas. You can sit outside to smoke a cigar with friends and family. They have a cedar-lined walk-in humidor wit house blends to fine cigars. They serve Imported & domestic beers, fine wines, coffee, lattes and cappuccinos.

Hours: Mon – Wed 11am – 11pm / Thur 11am – 12am /
Fri – Sat 11am – Close / Sun 11am – 12am

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Cuesta-Rey Bar – Tropicana Field
1 Tropicana Dr. / St. Petersburg 33705

Website: www. tampabay.rays.mlb.com

Cuesta-Rey Bar one of only 2 cigar bars at a Major League ballpark, the other is in Detriot. This little know has a splendid array of Newman and Fuente product. They have comfortable leather chairs, a pool table, and a full service bar. Cuesta-Rey Bar is located on upper level of Center Field Street across from The Batter’s Eye Restaurant.

Open before during and after all Rays home games. To view the Rays schedule click here.

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The Cigar Republic – Pinellas Beaches
155 107th Avenue / Treasure Island 33706
(727) 388-1410

Website: www.cigarrepublic.biz

This small but upscale Cigar Lounge is in the Heart of Pinellas County’s Treasure Island . Hand rolled Nicaraguan and Dominican cigars, wines, a large selection of Craft and Import Beers, and Espresso. Free WiFi. They outside seating is perfect for people watching.

Hours: Mon – Thur 11am – Mid / Fri – Sat 11am – 1am /
Sun 3pm – 11pm

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