Cigar Shop Review: Boston MA (Faneuil Hall) – Churchill’s Lounge (and DP Ehrlich Co.)

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Cigar Shop Review: Boston MA (Faneuil Hall) – Churchill’s Lounge (and DP Ehrlich Co.)

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Name of Shop: Churchill’s Lounge
Date Visited: 06/30/09
Street Address: 40 North Street
City: Boston
State: MA
Zip: 02109
Phone Number: 617-227-0750
Hours of Operation: M, T: 9 a.m. – Midnight; W, Th, F: 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sa: 10 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Su: Noon – Midnight

Location: Exceptional
Located in the Millenium Hotel, directly across from Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market: easy access, no parking. Accessible via MBTA’s Green and Orange Lines (Gov’t Center and/or Haymarket stations). Near enough to Boston’s night life to make it a good “last call” stop before heading home (Boston rolls up the sidewalks fairly early). A point of interest: the lounge shares space with the remnants of David P. Ehrlich, Tobacconist. Ehrlich, founded in 1868, is the second-oldest tobacco store in the US and has been owned by only two families, the Ehrlichs and, now, the Macdonalds.

Staff: Average
Nice enough. It’s a bar; the bartender is your cigar guy. If you like bartenders, you’ll like Churchill’s. I like bartenders.

Stock: Average
The claim to fame here is not the selection (which is average for a cigar store; awesome for a bar), but rather the fact that you can “smoke ’em if you got ’em!” Is this the last bar in Boston where one can light up? I think it’s down to Churchill’s and Cigar Masters*… So, I’ll take what they are offering! (You are free to bring your own but, really, that might be a bit… impolite, no? Buy at least one, you cheap buggers!). Walk-in humi; major brands. Also pipe-friendly with a more-or-less self-serve pipe tobacco area (Mmmm… “Judge’s Blend”) with, of course, complimentary test bowls. Plus: did I mention the bar (beer & wine)? Guinness, anyone?

Lounge: Above Average
Really, the rating should be “exceptional” in that, in the strictest sense, a smoking bar is now exceptional. Were one allowed to puff freely, the lounge would rate about average. It’s clean, it’s serviceable, it’s got a great view of Faneuil Hall (good for people watching). It’s a bit dim inside, but that makes for cozy, conspiratorial business dealings (if you can find a business partner willing to admit a penchant for Old Toby).

Overall Opinion: Exceptional
In another lifetime, Churchill’s would likely not rate so highly; but in today’s over-regulated nanny state, they are the rare survivor of a dying (and term-limited) industry (even Churchill’s personnel admit that their pipe tobacco business is on life support). I forget the exact date of extinction, but it is within the next few years that legislation will outright ban such establishments in Massachusetts. Get yours while you can! Bring friends! Don’t forget Wednesday is Board Game Night!

Gentlemen: good luck and Godspeed, for you are a dying breed.

enjoying cigars since 2005

7 thoughts on “Cigar Shop Review: Boston MA (Faneuil Hall) – Churchill’s Lounge (and DP Ehrlich Co.)

  1. I agree with Lee; Stanza dei Sigari is also available. They have lockers available for rental, and a pretty decent liquor selection.

    The ban on smoking establishments does not take effect until 2018; plenty of time to overturn it.

  2. When I visited Boston a couple summers ago my wife and I stopped at every cigar bar in Boston (which was only 3 at that point so not that difficult of a task) and this was my favorite. Stanza was good, but super busy and obviously touristy. The other one I forget the name of but it was more of a store that allowed smoking. Churchill’s was the one that I would frequent if I lived in Boston. Laid back atmosphere, decent beer selection, my wife appreciated the wine selection. The bartender was great. I felt quite at home here and will definitely stop in if we go to Boston again.

  3. Interested in purchasing a tin of DPE. Is it still available? What about other traditional Ehrlich pipe tobacco blends. Please advise asap.

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