Ashton Cigar Bar Coming to Walnut
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.