New DC Cigar Lounge Opening Next Week: Civil Cigar Lounge

by Sophie Pyle · January 9, 2013

    Civil Cigar Lounge, adjacent to Bryan Voltaggio's new restaurant RANGE in Chevy Chase, officially opens on Monday. We got to preview the space last night, and what we found was more than just a super chic man cave.

    Guests are invited to smoke cigars indoors, which are bought in the retail area or bought off a cart that moves around the space. Civil is technically in DC, but keeping the kitchen next door at Range means Civil can function semi-separately as a cigar lounge.

    "The sheer quality and craftsmanship behind [Bryan's] food elevates the overall Civil experience and we look forward to a long partnership with RANGE," said Civil owner Matt Grimm in a press release.

    Civil boasts a state-of-the-art ventilation system that quietly delivers a clean stream of air every two minutes, so the room is not filled with smoke, but still has lingering aromas from nearby cigars.

    The venue was brought about by the oldest full-service tobacconist in DC, W. Curtis Draper. Hundreds of cigars are available to smoke, curated from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Guests may wash it all down with drinks from their full-service bar. Real cigar buffs may lease one of Civil's 125 cedar lockers, which comes with other perks like 10% discounts, invites to exclusive Civil Lounge events, priority reservations and no room rental fees.

    Decor boasts plush seating and leather club chairs against modern and sleek wallpaper and paneling.

    DC's most famous cigar lounge, Shelly's Back Room at F&13th, still serves food and alcohol with their cigars because it was a special exemption from DC's smoking ban.