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Ashton Cigar Bar Opens on Walnut

By Danya Henninger
September 12, 2013
Photo by: Danya Henninger

Although proprietor Robert Levin’s son and daughter have now joined him in the business started by his parents, this is definitely not your grandfather’s cigar bar. The revamp of the second-floor space above Holt’s Cigar Company is complete, and Ashton Cigar Bar opens to the public today. Unlike Mahogany, the previous smokers’ haven in the same spot, Ashton is sleek and bright, and also has a full bar, with food available. Whether or not you fancy tobacco, the new design is impressive and inviting. Click through to take a look.

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    Pass through the glass door to the right of Holt’s at 1522 Walnut and you’re greeted with a preview of what’s to come, as gleaming banisters and chrome accents are offset by exposed brick and light wood.

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    The swooping, curvy marble bar is the centerpiece of the room. Its 18 high-backed stools are surrounded by a few high-tops and flanked by lounge seating areas.

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    To the left of the bar, floor-to-ceiling windows provide a fantastic view of busy Walnut Street. Guests can sip, puff and relax in one of several types of leather chairs, none of which look like anything you’d find in a regular cigar den. These seats are going for sexy, not staid.

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    On the other side of the room is the walk-in humidor. Inside the glass room, you’ll find 200 varieties of cigars, including two signature stogies made just for this location: Ashton Crown (from the Dominican Republic) and La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse (Nicaragua).

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    General manager David Marks stocked the bar with more than 300 spirits, many of them whiskeys, and they line the bar like contestants in a beauty pageant, waiting for a chance to accompany a cigar on your lips.

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    Signature cocktails include the Mi Amor Mojito (Zaya 12-year rum, fresh lemon, honey, mint and a splash of club soda). “We don’t muddle the mint first, since we have big ice cubes,” Marks explains, “Instead the muddling happens during the shake.”

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    Six beers on tap accompany the booze options, and you can choose from 10 wines by the glass and twice as many in bottles. Food will consist of plates designed to go with the drinks, such as cheese and charcuterie.

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    If you want to get fancy about lighting up (or just love burning wood), pick up a branded box of huge, six-inch long cigar matches for $5. Ashton Cigar Bar is open 4 PM-2 AM, Monday-Friday and noon-2 AM, Saturday-Sunday.

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