Smoker-Friendly Bars in New York City

Despite Bloomberg's Efforts, There Are Still Bars Where You Can Smoke in Nyc

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Through various loopholes in the current smoking legislation, these bars will continue to offer solace to those who want to enjoy a Marlboro with their martini -- and not just on the patio. Most are cigar bars, which by definition, must have opened prior to December 31, 2001, 10% of revenue must come from the sale of tobacco products, and 60% of revenue alcohol sales. Establishments must apply for certification from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who will be enforcing the new law.

  • 01 of 08

    The only cigarette bar in Manhattan will continue to be a smoker-friendly destination. With their state-of-the-art ventilation system, you can continue to light-up your Camels, or even try one of their more exotic smokes:

    32 Watts St. (Thompson St. and Sixth Ave.)
    Subway: A, C, E to Canal St.; 1 to Canal St.

  • 02 of 08

    Karma offers a variety of flavored tobaccos for smoking out of their many hookahs, and also allows cigarette smoking.

    51 First Ave (3rd/4th St.)
    Subway: F/V to 2nd Avenue

  • 03 of 08

    Merchants East has a Brandy Bar and Cigar Lounge that permits smoking, but the rest of the bar/restaurant is smoke-free.

    1125 First Ave. (@ 62nd St.)
    Subway: 4/5/6, N/R/W to 59th St.

  • 04 of 08

    Located in the heart of midtown (just steps from the New York Public Library), the Nat Sherman store sells an extensive array of cigarettes, cigars, and accessories, and also has a room for smokers.

    500 5th Ave at 42nd St.
    Subway: B, D, F, Q to 42nd St.; 7 to Fifth Ave.

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  • 05 of 08

    This Upper East Side cigar bar features a state-of-the-art ventilation system and lots of leather and mahogany furniture.

    26 E. 63rd St. (Park & Madison Aves.)
    Subway: F, 4/5/6, N/R/W to 59th St./Lexington

  • 06 of 08

    This Upper East Side Bar and Lounge strictly enforces their dress code and caters primarily to neighborhood residents.

    1020 Lexington Ave. (72nd & 73rd Sts.)
    Subway: 6 to 68th or 77nd Street

  • 07 of 08

    This West Village cigar bar claims to be the first dedicated cigar bar in New York City. They sell a variety of cigars and charge a cover if you don't make a tobacco purchase.

    636 Hudson Street
    Subway: A/C/E to 14th St.; L to Eighth Ave.

  • 08 of 08

    This Lower East Side hookah lounge serves up a menu of Moroccan-style small plates.

    191 Chrystie Street (Stanton/Rivington)
    Subway: F to 2nd Avenue