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Mon May 6, 2013, 09:23 PM

Anyone have good or bad experiences with smoking lounges?

One of the local pipe and cigar shops has a smoking lounge. I've never used it before as I'm not really a customer of theirs as I buy almost all my pipe stuff online. The other day I bought a corncob pipe from them, so I decided to check it out. It looked to be kind of a neat place with nice amenities. As I suspected it had all cigar guys besides myself. I didn't really associate with anyone because I'm not a cigar guy. It did kind of look like a neat place to hang out.

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Reply Anyone have good or bad experiences with smoking lounges? (Original post)
Major Nikon May 2013 OP
opiate69 May 2013 #1
Major Nikon May 2013 #2
opiate69 May 2013 #8
Major Nikon May 2013 #9
opiate69 May 2013 #13
Major Nikon May 2013 #15
opiate69 May 2013 #19
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #3
Warren Stupidity May 2013 #4
westerebus May 2013 #5
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #7
Major Nikon May 2013 #14
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #16
Major Nikon May 2013 #17
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #18
Major Nikon May 2013 #10
Warren DeMontague May 2013 #11
ProudToBeBlueInRhody May 2013 #6
Major Nikon May 2013 #12

Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Mon May 6, 2013, 11:02 PM

1. My wife works in a cigar lounge....

 

Now, the manager and many of the "regulars" are dyed-in-the-wool Republicans/Conservative. Lots of Viet-Nam vets, who have a deep seated hatred of the government and tend towards teabaggerism. At least, the "morning crew" anyway. In spite of this, two of my best friends (as well as a couple clam digging buddies) are regulars there.. they`re not quite as political as the deadbeat morning guys (who sit in there all day drinking free coffee and tip like the cheap-asses they are), and we kind of have an understanding that we just don`t talk politics... hang out playing cards, smoking our sticks and/or pipes watching hockey and planning our next beach foraging trips. So basically, you`ll probably find some good people in your local shop though you`ll likely have to "kiss a few frogs" as it were.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #1)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:02 AM

2. I don't tolerate baggers well

There's no shortage of them around here in North Texas and they don't seem to know how to keep their mouths shut when it comes to politics.

I don't smoke in the house, so this place just seems like a good place to hang out and watch a Rangers game later on in the summer when it gets hot as hell outside, but if it's a bagger retreat I'd just as soon not.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #2)

Tue May 7, 2013, 12:16 PM

8. I'm guessing it'd be tough to find many liberal enclaves in No. Texas...

 

Ultimately, what was your impression of the place and the clientele? Usually, since cigar and pipe smoking is something of a luxury, most of these places put an emphasis on higher-end drinks as well.. (nothing goes so well with a good Opus X as a nice dram of Balvenie Double Wood).. if it seems like the kind of place you'd be comfortable watching your Rangers beat the snot out of my pathetic Mariners, if you go back a few times, I imagine you'll find some decent company amongst the knuckledraggers.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #8)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:18 PM

9. I'm not looking to discuss politics around here

The clientele looked to be upper middle class, but it's kind of hard to tell with cigar guys from what I've known of them. The pipe guys I have known tend to be foreigners and long beard types (although I am neither). These were definitely not those types, but I didn't want to judge too much because I've only been once and even then it was in the afternoon on a weekday.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #9)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:33 PM

13. if you haven't already, you might get some good info from Yelp too...

 

My wife's lounge only has a couple reviews there but your local spot might have more.

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Response to opiate69 (Reply #13)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:37 PM

15. It's my understanding that there are a few in the area

The bigger tobacco shops seem to have them. I just need to check around.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #15)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:58 PM

19. Yeah..I just had a look at cigar lounges near Dallas.. saw at least 4 or 5..

 

Was kind of guessing that was the area you meant by North Texas.. saw some decent reviews.. Up in Smoke in the Uptown (?) area sounded like a little bit of a local celebrity spot.

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 02:29 AM

3. At this point, if I was going to smoke anything it would be a joint.

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But I left all that stuff behind a long time ago. Always very glad I didn't, really, pick up tobacco, because I know I would have had a hell of a time quitting.

But I can see the appeal if it's something you like, especially since there are few indoor public places left where smokers can smoke, in many states.

Edited to add: When I was a kid, everything was a smoking lounge. It was inescapable.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #3)

Tue May 7, 2013, 07:02 AM

4. "Everything was a smoking lounge" - see for example Mad Men.

 

I have fond memories of my smoking youth and the NY Central Hudson line smoking/bar cars. Where else could a 15 year old get drunk in public in a thick cloud of smoke?

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #4)

Tue May 7, 2013, 09:53 AM

5. Almost any bar on Staten Island back in the day.

Or was that a rhetorical question?

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Response to Warren Stupidity (Reply #4)

Tue May 7, 2013, 12:12 PM

7. I pretty much *remember* Mad Men.

Especially the era they're in now.

Extra fun was being stuck in the car in the wintertime with the parents who were puff-puff-puffing and refused to roll the windows down because "it's cold out there!"

Gaaaack.

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #7)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:35 PM

14. Sadly there was only one or two real pipe guys that were on the show

Kinsey found a cult and Lane hanged himself. It's a shame because pipe smoking was popular back then. Kinsey is a real life pipe smoker also.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #14)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:39 PM

16. Roger is my favorite.

He's this great mix of brilliant and hapless.



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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #16)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:42 PM

17. He's an interesting character

He seems to be coming to grips with the fact that he's been handed everything his whole life and that he's a complete psychopath.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #17)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:44 PM

18. Psychedelics have that effect on some people

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Response to Warren DeMontague (Reply #3)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:25 PM

10. Pipe smoking is a bit different than cigarettes

I suppose addiction is a possibility for some, but this seems to just happen with ex cigarette smokers who inhale. I generally only smoke when the weather is nice so there are long periods throughout the year when I put it down for months. If you don't inhale, the risk of cancer drops to pretty much that of second hand smoke. That's why pipe tobacco is not traditionally taxed like cigs.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #10)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:29 PM

11. I have nothing against the pipe

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Response to Major Nikon (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 11:53 AM

6. Like opiate said, most are havens for baggers

I've found most cigar stores (when I used to dabble in that) are too. A lot of bemoaning the fact you can't light up a giant stogie in front of pregnant women and children in an elevator or plane type stuff. I never understood the want to sit an enclosed space with multiple people inhaling smoke. Going out on the back porch was always better.

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #6)

Tue May 7, 2013, 05:29 PM

12. That's the way I've been doing it for years

I have a few friends that are pipe and cigar guys, and some of us have been tossing around the idea of meeting up somewhere to smoke and I don't really care to hang out in a bar.

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