SMoKe

OK. So, what do you get when you cross a hip Philadelphia neighborhood, with hip restaurants, a youthful vibe, and our countries growing passion for cigars? You get Smoke on Main Street in Manayunk.

This place is huge! Over 3000 square feet of lounge area with ceilings up to 50 feet. You don’t feel like you are smoking in a shoe box. I think you can easily seat over a hundred people in very comfortable soft leather chairs. It’s a BYOB establishment with the finest selection of boutique cigars I believe I have ever seen.

My purchases included a La Musa Melete Lancero, a Jericho Hill 12 Honest Men, and a 1502 XO! These are rare smokes people. For good measure, I also nabbed a La Flor Dominicana TCFKA “M” Oscuro 7” x 54. Other brands include Drew Estate, Raices Cubanas, EH (Edgar Hoill) and Herrera Esteli. They claim over 90 Brands and over 550 cigars. While there is no minimum purchase to smoke a cigar here, they ask that you do not bring your own. That seems more than fair to me especially with such an outstanding selection.

Smoke has a top notched staff. I was escorted around their large walk in humidor like a bride-to- be looking for a wedding dress. He was not pushy either. I only found out about the house blend cigars when I was on my way out the door. That suits me fine. A shop that is willing to pit their own brand against such a fine selection must have confidence that their cigars belong there or they couldn’t sell any.

There are corkage fees for bringing your own wine and beer and they have mixers if you bring other spirits. For a reasonable fee you can get a membership. They also have a VIP room able to accommodate up to 23 people that has its own TV. It has a poker table but you need to make reservations.

I don’t often visit Manayunk. During popular times, parking is crazy, the streets are crowded, and traffic moves at a snail’s pace along Main Street. There are a number of lots around if you are unlucky at finding parking on the street, but you may have to walk a bit to get to your final destination. Parking spaces vanish pretty fast but my timing was perfect. It was before the after-work crowds could descend on this tiny riverfront community on a warm March Thursday night. I think I found a perfect timeslot for future visits.

SMoKe

4453 Main Street

Manayunk, PA 19127

www.smokemanayunk.com