Few activities are better associated with notions of relaxation and vacation than the enjoyment of a fine cigar. And while the uninitiated may not consider Myrtle Beach a cigar lover’s paradise, there are certainly enough tobacco shops and cigar smoker-friendly establishments to keep one so inclined happy for the balance of a vacation.
One advantage is that it is largely unnecessary to bring cigars from home to Myrtle Beach, by plane or by car. Those who drive here from points north may stop at any of three J-R Cigar outlets in North Carolina, which are renowned for their extensive selections of all things tobacco. But again, this is by no means necessary, as Myrtle Beach has a nucleus of conveniently located shops to fill a spur-of-the-moment need and lounges in which to relax
with a great smoke.
The king of these outposts of refinement is Nick’s Cigar and Wine Bar. Located at the corner of U.S. 17 and 27th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach, it is a haven for tobacco connoisseurs. An extensive list of bottled beers as well as wines by the glass and bottle complement the largest privately-owned cigar showroom in the South. In addition to a veritable Candyland of selections, Nick’s has three distinct rooms to enjoy them: the Main Social Bar, the Living Room and the Golf Room.
The Social Bar sports 11 leather-and-wood swiveling barstools as well as three wooden high-top tables and 50-inch LCD television. With comfort and conversation being paramount, the Living Room exudes a more casual aura, with leather armchairs, another 50-inch LCD television, chess and checkers tables as well. And finally, as a nod to the spirit of Myrtle Beach, the Golf Room features a state-of-the-art OptiShot golf simulator with eight pre-programmed golf courses and more leather-wrapped chairs, where guests can encourage or heckle (probably the latter) their companions. For more information, visit www.NicksCigarLounge.com.
Nick’s Cigar World outposts are also located at both Martin’s PGA Tour Superstore locations in Myrtle Beach for those looking for the perfect smoke for after dinner, on the golf course or for a stroll on the beach. Their product list can be found at www.NicksCigarWorld.net.
The Tinder Box has been a leader in tobacco sales since 1928 and has operated multiple locations in the Carolinas since 1973. Purveyors Jim and Martha Cass run Tinder Box’s outposts at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach and at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, sporting an extensive selection of their own. In addition, they offer consulting services to customers, several annual cigar dinners and tastings and worldwide shipping for guests who want some memorable cigars waiting for them when they arrive home from the beach. Visit www.TinderBoxInternational.com for more information.