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Best Cigar Bars In OC

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Cigars may be seen as a vice by some people. Others see them as an integral part of a delicious meal or just a relaxing evening. However, with California's restrictions on smoking indoors, it can be difficult to find a place to enjoy a cigar. Here are some of the best places in the county where you can enjoy a cigar as well as a cocktail and a meal.

8Eightyeight Cigar Merchants

8EightyEight Lounge
118 W. Wilshire Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-0888

If you can remain in business for nearly two decades, you must be doing something right. At this lounge, you can buy your cigar in the front of the shop and then head to the Diamond Crown lounge to enjoy some beverages while you sit in a recliner and smoke your cigar. This is also a great place to watch sports while you enjoy the cigar and beverage of your choice. If you're not allowed to smoke cigars at home, this place is about as close to home as you can get.

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Hopscotch Tavern
136 E. Commonwealth Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 871-2222

If you think that nothing goes with a cigar like a good whiskey, then Hopscotch is the place for you. Not every restaurant sells cigars. Here you can buy a cigar and enjoy it on the cigar patio with any one of the libations from the wall of whiskey and the great selection of craft beers behind the bar. However, if you only indulge in a cigar and a drink here, you're missing out on the amazing food like fried pig ears and shrimp and grits. Indulge all of your tastes in one place with a visit to Hopscotch.

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Club Aficionado
23825 El Toro Road
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 829-8474

Club Aficionado has a tremendous selection of cigars in its walk-in humidor. Here you'll find Davidoff cigars and cigars from five different countries. Once you've chosen your cigar, you can get a drink from the full bar and enjoy both while you watch sports in the lounge. Individual and corporate memberships are available. Check the bar's website for membership information.

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The Winery Restaurant
2647 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 258-7600

The Winery is a place where the staff knows that a meal should be an experience from the appetizer to the cigar afterward. The Havana patio at The Winery is a place where you can enjoy a cigar after a fine meal. The humidor holds a wide range of cigars from mellow to robust and you can enjoy your cigar on a leather sofa while watching the plasma TVs. The Winery also offers occasional prix fixe dinners that incorporate wine and cigars. Sign up for the restaurant newsletter if you want to be notified about these dinners.

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Cigar Oasis Lounge
26841 Aliso Creek Road, Suite B
Aliso Viejo, CA 92650
(949) 831-3038

Like a lot of cigar lounges, Cigar Oasis has not only a walk-in humidor with an impressive selection, but also a couple of TVs that you can watch while you enjoy the cigar of your choice. It also has lockers where you can keep your cigars between visits. One thing that sets Cigar Oasis apart from other cigar lounges is the fact that no membership is required. Anyone can enjoy this lounge that is open until 11 p.m. Cigar Oasis can also host your event. Call the lounge for details.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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