With the most recent city smoking ban levied in 2011, St. Louisans may have to look a little harder to find venues that allow aficionados to enjoy puffing on the barrel of a great cigar. Fear not; cigar lovers can still find a few top restaurants and bars that will accommodate a cigar smoking individual or party. We’ve ferreted out the golden nuggets that still allow a fine cigar during or after a meal.

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Charles P. Stanley Cigar Lounge
1000 Washington Ave., Ste. C
St. Louis, MO 63101
(314)  436-3500

Hours: Mon to Fri – 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Is there any combination of indulgences better than sports, scotch and fine cigars? Charles P. Stanley Cigar Bar is built on on a family tradition dating back to the late 1800s, when the owners’ great-grandfather opened up the first of what would become several Charles P. Stanley Cigar Company shops. Keeping with the tradition, the present-day lounge has tall ceilings and an old world feel, with a walk-in humidor and great ventilation. Enjoy a nice selection of ports, scotches and wine with a sommelier-like influence while perusing the lounge’s of sizable list of featured cigars, including Partagas, San Cristobal and Siglo. Aficionados can choose to bring in their own food, or the friendly staff will order food from neighborhood restaurants and have it delivered to the cigar bar for you. Be sure to like the lounge’s Facebook page to stay updated on special events.

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Herbie’s Vintage 72
405 North Euclid Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 769-9595

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Fri – 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.,  Sat – 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Brunch), 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sun – 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Brunch), 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Herbie’s Vintage 72 boasts a traditional French menu with classics such as beef wellington, escargot and shrimp dumplings. For cigar lovers, the bar’s sponsored “cigar club” memberships provide the perfect opportunity to meet and mingle with other pipe and cigar enthusiasts. If you want to be a part of this elite group, however, you must come recommended by an existing member. Membership benefits include key and access to the restaurant’s cigar lounge, a personalized humidor with an engraved nameplate, two dinners on the house for the member and his or guest and VIP invites to special events.

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The Famous Bar
5213 Chippewa St.
St. Louis, MO 63109-2355
(888) 894-1789

Hours: Mon to Sat – 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Sun – 3 p.m. to 12 a.m.

In the days of August Busch, Sr., this bar had several names: Frankie and Johnnie’s, The Chippewa Lounge and the 66 Inn. Now dubbed The Famous Bar, this locale has been consistent in its excellence over the years, garnering awards for its drinks, food, attentive staff and classic walk-in humidor. The vintage back bar features swing music piped throughout and drink specials with over 40 vodka and beer selections. The history of this bar alone is worth the trip; even the walk-in mahogany cooler is rumored to have been built by the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

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Ritz Carlton Cigar Club
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105
(314) 863-6300 ext. 524

Hours: Mon to Sat. – 11 a.m. to 12:30a.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Click here for a calendar of events

The Ritz Carlton private cigar club issues day passes to hotel guests that are rooming at the hotel for either business or pleasure. Visitors to the cigar club can have libations of fine Scotch whiskeys and select brands of smooth cigars for the connoisseur or novice smoker. The club is set in a casual and relaxing ambiance complete with complementary internet access and flat-screen televisions for the ultimate experience in sports and event watching.

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4659 Maryland Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63108
(314) 361-9444

Hours: Mon to Sat – 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Brennan’s in the Central West End has received its share of rave reviews from locals. General Manager Kevin Brennan took the St. Louis smoking ban and turned it into an opportunity by opening up the Zino Platinum Lounge on the upper-level of his bar. The lounge serves cigar smokers and hosts live DJs spinning vinyl records. Post a seat at the bar to enjoy a varied selection of whiskey and scotch in an comfortable and classy atmosphere.

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