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There are some beautiful places to smoke in Minneapolis. However, the powers that be decided they wanted to tax the “ash” off cigars here, so they imposed a tax equal to 95 percent of the wholesale price of the cigar or tobacco. Minnesota has some of the highest tobacco taxes in the country, but that shouldn’t deter you from checking out these classy and cool lounges.

Perfect Ash

Established in 1973 as The Smoke Shop, the now renamed Perfect Ash prides itself on being one of the finest tobacco shops in the Midwest and the only cigar shop in Minnesota currently owned by a Mexican woman. Diana Anaya bought the shop in 2014, and even though she is relatively new to the industry, she has staff members who have worked in the tobacco industry for decades.

It is indeed a fine shop. They have pipes and accessories as well as an expansive humidor stocked with premium and boutique cigars. And their customer service is top-notch, as they welcome each customer with gusto and assist you with whatever you need, whether you are experienced or a newbie. Did we mention the Lilydale Social Club next door is the only lounge in Minnesota where you can legally smoke and drink indoors? You’ll have a wonderful time here and instantly feel at home, as if you’re catching up with old friends.

Perfect Ash
809 Sibley Memorial Highway
Lilydale, MN 55118
(651) 457-4953
perfectash.com

Anthony’s Cigar and Pipe Lounge

This lounge has everything you need for a quality afternoon smoking a cigar with new friends in the establishment’s comfortable chairs. It boasts a well-stocked humidor and more than 40 unique pipe tobacco blends, as well as pipes and humidors from Don Salvatore and countless accessories. Another big plus is that they offer samples, and the employees are always willing to offer advice and help.

Anthony’s Cigar and Pipe Lounge
907 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 345-4388
cigarshopminneapolis.com

 

Honorable Mentions

Stogies on Grand
961 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 222-8700
stogiesongrand.com

Burn Premium Cigar Specialists
409 W. Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
burncigars.com

Want to explore the great Minnesotan outdoors while enjoying a smoke? Try these beautiful spots.

Gooseberry Falls State Park in Two Harbors
Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis
Lake Harriet in Minneapolis

 

 

Perfect Ash photos by Robert Wagner

Want to learn more about tabacco taxes and the FDA? Click here and here

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