With import restrictions and widespread smoking bans, it's tough to nab a good cigar without finding a hook-up for smuggled Cubans, or tracking down the those Three Kings from the Orient, assuming you'll settle for a rigged-up rubber one. Delivering fine puffables and comfy confines, Ashes Cigar Lounge.
ACC's an open-to-all, BYOB cee-gar lounge situated along Manayunk's main drag, boasting blended hardwood floors and warm stucco walls, and hosting smokers at a dark wooden bar with chrome/black stools and on black chairs/sofas, while the stogies sit behind a black baby grand piano in a garage-sized humidor, which can easily accommodate an Ash-ton Martins. For those starting out, the staff'll walk you through the selection process, getting you started on something short and easy on the palate, including sub-$10 options like CAO's Gold Double Corona (buttery flavor laced with vanilla, cream, and nutmeg), Alec Bradley's Prensado Corona Gorda (medium- to full-bodied with sweet and spicy smoke), and an entire line from La Aroma de Cuba, adding "rich, flavorful tobacco" to the list of traditional Cuban aromas that includes "rum", "smoked ham", and "dilapidated Studebaker". For seasoned pros/overconfident rich people, bigger, longer-lasting selections include Padron's 1926 Family Reserve #45 (made with leaves aged for a decade), Ashton's Cabinet No. 7 (seven-years-in-the-making, aged in French oak barrels), and Cohiba's Pure Dominicano Toro, which's long and fat and tastes of chocolate and leather, which'll tide you over until you're welcome back at the bondage club...with chocolate!
Future plans include humidor lockers and a private lounge in the back, but for now you've got to mingle with the public, sipping comped wine if you show up empty-handed, and they'll also let you team up on a hookah -- something those three kings must've done with their cigars, thus explaining the explosion.