Cigar culture has enjoyed a revival in the UK over the last few years. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Scotland.
Where cigar pubs re-emerged as a trend in the United States, it has grown rapidly and been adapted by countries like Scotland. Here, the drinking culture and rise in the popularity of cigars has led to a spike in cigar pubs in the country.
This is great news for cigar connoisseurs or cigar smokers travelling abroad. It is particularly good news for those who enjoy seeing cigar culture in different countries too.
In no other city in Scotland is the rise of cigar pubs more apparent than in Edinburgh. This is likely due to the city’s popularity as a tourist hotspot, and its pub culture.
However, if you’re heading there and want to enjoy some cigar pubs, you may find them a little hard to find. Edinburgh’s numerous bars and the lack of mainstream cigar pubs get by comparison means you may struggle to find the best ones.
This is why we put together this article. Below, we detail the best cigar pubs and Edinburgh and where to find them. Be warned though, while you should get a premium experience in these pubs, they will not be cheap. Much like any premium hobby, you get what you pay for.
Cigar Pubs of Edinburgh
Hotel Du Vin Edinburgh
One of the highest rated cigar bars by both tourists and locals is the Hotel Du Vin Hotel Bar in Edinburgh. Not only are the drinks high-quality, but they stock some of the best cigars in the world. Brands like Cohiba, Arturo Fuente, and Upmann are available.
There is also a fantastic selection of beverages on tap too. This includes some of the famous Scottish brandy and whisky which should be worth a visit here alone.
The Cigar Box
The Cigar Box is another great choice for cigar enthusiasts, both tourist and local. It’s hard to separate here from its hotel-based counterpart above. There is also a wider range of accessories you can purchase here, such as cigar cutters, holders, and yes, you can even get your own engraved cigar box as the perfect memento of your visit.
You can then fill that box with such rich brands as those listed above, and others like Davidoff and Diamond Crown.
Jeffrey St. Whisky & Cigars
As the name implies, Cigars are not the only speciality item stocked in this venue. While this is more of a store than a pub, it makes the list because of its incredible selection of both Whisky and Cigar products. Cigars are also only one form of tobacco products this store sells, giving you a wide range of options for catering to your alcohol and tobacco tastes.
Also, while it’s not a bar per se, there is a sitting area where you can sample and enjoy the products you purchase in a costly and relaxed setting. Overall, this hole-in-wall styled venue is ideal for those who want a more personable, direct, and cost-efficient way of getting their speciality tobacco and alcohol. It’s also ideal for traveling connoisseurs who may be in a bit of a rush.
Tiles Bar Café
The Tile Bar is an often overlooked and underrated Cigar pub by travelling enthusiasts. This is likely because of its name and relatively obscure location. But, there is a reason this is a popular choice by the locals. The Cigars and drinks here are top notch, and a little lower in cost than some of the other choices on this list.
It’s also a great overall venue to enjoy multiple times during your visit. This is due to its Jack-of-all trades style. This bar not only provides high-quality cigars, but also good food and highly-rated drinks.
Combining this with the fact that it’s also close to a few hotels and you have a convenient and homey place to grab a drink and enjoy a smoke. The bar also runs pretty late, meaning there will be no need to rush your experience.
Overall, this is one of the most comfortable and diverse options on the list and would suit those who are a little less picky with their cigar brands and more interested in a comfortable environment.