Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. At Montecristo Cigar Bar, it’s an experience.
Located inside Caesars Palace on the iconic Las Vegas Strip, the bar offers a casual, yet classy atmosphere for enjoying a smooth cigar and coordinating cocktail.
“Few things are more satisfying, from a palate-pleasing point of view,” says Caesars Palace Beverage Director Andre Teixeira, “than pairing your favorite cigar with a suitable libation.”
With 1,000 cigars and nine pages of drinks to pick from, pairing possibilities are practically endless. Palates, prepare to be pleased.
Your visit to the 4,000-square-foot lounge begins in the 400 square-foot humidor, a climate-controlled environment with notable cigars including Romeo y Julieta, H. Upmann, and the bar’s namesake Montecristo.
Not sure what to pick, no problem. A cigar sommelier serves as your guide to the bar’s sensational smokes.
As for a drink, well-educated mixologists are at your beck and call. You may even hear tips and tidbits, like these from Teixeira:
Some classic pairings with cigars are Cognac, Single Malt Whiskey, Bourbon, Rum, Rye, and Port.
“With the exception of Tequila, most white spirits—such as Vodka and Gin—do not work as well because the cigar will overpower the drink.”
“Bourbon must be made with at least 51 percent corn.”
Montecristo’s drink menu is extensive, featuring Whiskeys from all around the world including America, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, and Canada.
Among the bar’s oldest and rarest spirits are an 18-year-old Yamazaki ($60, 1.5oz), Bruichladdich Black Art ($140, 1.5oz), or any of the select offerings in the bar’s unique barrel program. Interested guests choose from five individually numbered barrels, each with a distinct flavor profile.
“Some bars have one or two barrels, so for us to feature five is pretty incredible,” says Teixeira.
The drink menu also features several flights for your sampling pleasure. Some—such as Peat’s Dragon (Ardbeg, Laphroaig, and Bruichladdich “Octomore”)—aren’t listed on the menu.
Be sure to ask your server about this exclusive secret.
As for food, Montecristo features a small bites menu, while those with a bigger appetite can order in anything from Caesars’ historic, fine steakhouse Old Homestead.
“We want our guests to come in and be able to fulfill whatever mindset they have,” says Teixeira, “to come in and pursue their fantasy.”
Seating within the intimate lounge is varied with four distinct areas to choose from—The Signature Bar, The Library, The Courtyard, and the private Vault Room (ideal for groups and parties).
A 208″ video wall made up of a dozen 55″ television screens and live music only add to the plentiful guilty pleasures found at this Vegas cigar lounge.
As for those concerned about smoke, Teixeira ensures it’s not necessary.
“We have a state-of-the-art ventilation system,” he explains. “People are often concerned, but … the setting and ambiance are really inviting. By no means do you feel as if you’re walking into a smoke tank.”
Montecristo Cigar Bar is located at Caesars Palace, 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, in Las Vegas. Hours are Monday through Wednesday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Photo credit: Ceasars Palace