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Name of Shop: Cigar Masters, Providence
Date Visited: 2/16/09
Street Address: 1 West Exchange Street
Phone Number: 401-383-9002
Hours of Operation: 12-1:00 a.m.
Location: Above average
This is located right at the Westin Hotel/Residence in Providence. I love the city and there is a great flow of traffic in and out which makes it an interesting place to be. The one downer is that there is very limited parking!
The staff at Cigar Masters makes this one of the best places to smoke, drink and relax in the area. Bartenders are very pleasant – eager to strike up conversation. The humidor staff is equally as accommodating – each staff member seems to have a lot of knowledge about every blend they carry. Most I have met are extremely enthusiastic and eager to help. I like to visit this store in the late afternoons, before it gets too crowded – part of the reason I do this is to chat with the staff about what’s new in the cigar world.
Stock: Above average
Excellent walk in humidor – this location was new in 2008. The selection is fantastic. Plenty of boutiques along with the standards. High end as well as budget smokes are plentiful and the pricing is very reasonable!
This is what makes Cigar Masters so great. There are several comfortable seating areas with chairs and couches. The bar area is very nicely appointed with a great selection of beer, wine, port and scotch. Plenty of Tvs . Music can be a bit loud at times and it does get crowded at night, but it is a first class lounge and bar.
Overall Opinion: Exceptional
This is just a GREAT place to relax and unwind on a rainy Saturday afternoon. The staff, selection of cigars, pricing, ambiance – it has it all. The only drawback is the crowds on weekend nights. I love this place and try and get there a couple of times a month.