Perhaps back in the day places like the Occidental Cigar Club were a dime a dozen, but in today's smoke-free times, it's an anomaly. The purpose of this bar is clear - to offer downtown folk a place to puff away while sipping a single malt and watching SportsCenter. This smoker's heaven comes complete with an array of cigars for purchase in addition to its stellar whiskey and bourbon list (pours range from $9-$25). Wines by the glass are available, too, as well as a few draught beer choices. Ladies are definitely the minority here, as the sign in the bathroom correctly reflects ("Ladies, please leave the toilet seat in the proper position when finished").
When you want to embrace your inner Don or Betty Draper and ingest a little nicotine with your martini, Manhattan, or old-fashioned, head for the Occidental, one of the few bars in the city where a guy or a doll can light up a Lucky with impunity. The setting is classic green-lampshade-and-dark-mahogany with pressed-tin ceilings, vintage photos, enormous ashtrays, affable barkeeps, and only a faint aroma of smoldering tobacco (the establishment's ventilation system is first-rate). There's a... More »