Ashton Cigar Bar Coming to WalnutBy Danya Henninger
August 6, 2013
Cigar smokers in Philly haven’t had much to cheer lately. Not only was the cigar room at Old City’s short-lived Reserve steakhouse a permitting flop, longtime Walnut Street smokeroom Mahogany shuttered more than a year ago. Here's some good news for tobacconists: this September, Ashton Cigar Bar will open in the former Mahogany location at 1522 Walnut Street.
The second-floor space, which is directly above Holt’s Cigar Company (and across the street from the former Le Bec-Fin; Georges Perrier was a regular customer), has been completely remodeled. The design by NYC’s Bentel & Bentel features an 18-seat marble bar, a lounge with plush club chairs and leather sofas and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer a grand view of Walnut Street.
Proprietor Robert Levin (who also runs Holt’s) has brought in Silk City veteran David Marks as general manager. To sip with your smoke, look for a series of signature cocktails, a 300-count spirits list, 10 wines by the glass and beer - six on draft and 20 more in bottles. Snacks like charcuterie and cheese will be served.
Cigar-wise, guests can select from 200 varieties housed in an all-glass, walk-in humidor. Offerings include two signature cigars, Ashton Crown (from the Dominican Republic) and La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse (Nicaragua). Hours for Ashton will be 4 PM-2 AM, Monday-Friday and noon-2 AM, Saturday-Sunday.
In other cigar news, Benjamin Franklin Beer & Cigars is now open on Second Street in Old City, offering another 200 varieties of cigars (to go) in four floor-to-ceiling humidors. Back on Walnut Street, The Insider has the news that Alberto Delbello has set up a cigar lounge on the second and third floors above Jewish-Italian Tiramisu. Located at 1519 Walnut, directly across from Ashton, this could roll into a rivalry of sorts. Either way, it’s a change of tide for cigar lovers.