More venues offering premium cigars and whiskeys is a mark of the city’s increasing sophistication. So grab your jacket and settle on to a Chesterfield.
One of the most distinctive places along Lang Suan is undoubtedly the Hotel Muse (55/555 Langsuan Rd; 02-630-4000; hotelmusebangkok. com), an opulent, design-driven place that really made a splash when it arrived in Bangkok. And, among its many highlights is its open-air bar, Speakeasy, which has a builtin cigar lounge, The Blind Pig.
This place doesn’t cater only to afficionados – although they’re decidedly well looked after too. Rather, The Blind Pig offers an education in the enjoyment of cigars. You’ll learn that the origin of the word ‘cigar’ comes from the native language of the ancient Mayans, who called the cigar a “ciq-Sigan”, which the Spaniards adapted into “cigarro”.
Structurally, a cigar is divided into a ‘cap’, a ‘body’ and a ‘foot’. The cap is the loose piece of tobacco attached to the end you put in your mouth with a natural glue to
prevent the whole thing from unravelling. The body is the main trunk of the cigar and the foot is the end that gets lit.
There are three other parts that go into the construction. The ‘filler’ refers to the leaves that go into the cigar – these usually come from the top of the plant and are called
ligero. The way a cigar looks and feels depends on the ‘wrapper’, which is a silky leaf that burns well – it comes from the bottom of a tobacco plant and is called volado.
Finally, the ‘binder’ is a coarse leaf that holds everything together. These come from the middle of the tobacco plant and are called seco. They tend to be lighter in colour and flavour than the ligero.
Now that you know the basics, head out to one of these plush cigar lounges and find yourself a Cuban that suits your tastes.
The ChindAsia Club
3/1 Sukhumvit Soi 28 | 02-661-3220 | chindasiaclub.com
It was previously the Perdomo Club tucked down a quiet Sukhumvit Soi but the ChindAsia Club now advertises itself as Bangkok’s most exlcusive locale. Women may apply, and the club encourages men to bring their wives to the club. But, at the end of the day, this is a private gentlemen’s club.
InterContinental Bangkok, 973 Phloen Chit Rd | 02-656-0444 | Facebook: Balcony Lounge & Humidor Cigar Bar
By day, visitors can enjoy specialty teas. But, by night, Humidor transforms into a live jazz venue with wine flights, cocktails and malt whiskeys, where cigar aficionados can retreat into the Humidor to savor the world’s best cigars. They take their product very seriously here.
The P&L Club
Grand Hyatt Erawan, 494 Ratchadamri Rd | 02-254-1234 | Facebook: PacificCigarThailand
With over 80 selections of finest single malt whiskeys from around the world, the P&L Club ensures a clientele with a taste for the finer things in life. And that’s reinforced by a range of more than 240 Cuban cigars. This place has been importing Habanos for more than 20 years.
16 Sukhumvit Soi 23 | 02-664-4252 | whisgars.com
This premier whisky and cigar bar in the heart of Bangkok has adapated the traditional decor into something more modern. But the selling point remains the same: more than 40 quality cigars, all premium hand-rolled. There are plans to open 50 Whisgars venues throughout Asia.