CIGAR LOUNGE ETIQUETTE
CIGAR LOUNGE ETIQUETTE
- 1. Buy from the shop where you are smoking. This shouldn’t need to be said, but there is always an element that shows no respect for the establishment. Retailers don’t have big profit margins and when you bring a cigar into a shop from another source you are taking money from the store. IF YOU LIKE HAVING A PLACE TO SMOKE SUPPORT IT!!
- 2. Don’t take over the Television. The tv’s are there for everyone’s enjoyment. It is bad manners to start changing the channels when the lounge has several customers.
- 3. Don’t tell people how to smoke. Cigar smokers have their habits and rituals, right or wrong. You will irritate somebody by telling him he cuts his cigar to low, or isn’t lighting the cigar properly. Some are open to advice, others aren’t. If you decide to be an expert be ready for a chilly reception.
- 4. Don’t be a conversation grabber. If you walk into a lounge where a conversation is taking place, don’t try to change it. You can wait for an appropriate time to weigh in and participate, but there is nothing worse than a newbie who disrupts a discussion about politics or the economy with some unrelated remark about the Yankees chances this year.
- 5. Cigars are subjective. Cigar smoking is a matter of taste, whether you prefer a Davidoff or an infused Acid. Realize that people gravitate to what they like, with cigars or anything else. Leave room for those around you to enjoy what they choose.
- 6. Know your audience. When i asked the guys about cigar etiquette, two said keep it clean. Sitting down and regaling the crowd with the previous night’s sexual conquests in lurid detail may not be appropriate. If you float a controversial topic and it does not resonate, let it go. Trying to force it will never be good.
- 7. Talk on the phone somewhere else. Cell phones are a part of life. Given enough people and time you are bound to hear a few ring. Answering the phone is not a big deal, just have the decency to take your call outside.
- 8. Beware of other customers. A good tobacconist won’t rush you or show impatience, so don’t challenge him to try. If you don’t know what you want, stand aside while you look around, especially if there are other customers in the shop. Nothing is worse than hearing I came in last year and bought a cigar, do you remember what it was? If you see a waiting crowd, let them take care of their purchases while you find your way through the maze.
- 9. Enjoy the lounge. The lounge is there for your enjoyment. In order for everyone to have a good time, manners is the word of the day. Having a good time comes in many forms, enjoying a fine cigar is one of the better ones.