Capital Cigar Lounge – Where Friends Enjoy Friends
The road to Capital Cigar Lounge was paved by two main ideas: Creating a place where friends can enjoy friends, and a space that allows for innovative ideas to be shared and new relationships to be formed. Executives and young professionals alike flock to Capital Cigar, where a true sense of community can be found. The lounge is considerably upscale; it even offers exclusivity to members, but the majority of Capital Cigar is made up of the public lounge, which is open for all friends in the community. The public lounge mixes luxury with that familiar Midwest hospitality, allowing anyone in the area to stop in and see how good it feels when friends, ideas, and, most importantly, fine cigars come together.
For co-founders Anthony (Tony) L. Goins and Austin M. Hillis, turning Capital Cigar into what it is today was truly a labor of love. Austin’s appreciation for cigars led him to purchase Capital Cigar in June of 2017. At the time, the business was in a hole-in-the-wall location off of 56th and O St. Unless a person knew they were going to Capital Cigar, they’d never find it. Fortunately, Tony Goins knew exactly where he was going, but he didn’t know his encounter with Austin would lead to a partnership—one that would later facilitate the launch of an unparalleled cigar lounge in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Tony, with his enthusiasm for the cigar culture, joined Austin as co-owner of Capital Cigar. The two shared the vision of growing Capital Cigar, so in August of 2017 they moved operations into a more accessible location at 15th and Pine Lake. The hope was to create a lounge area there, but Tony and Austin realized the space didn’t allow them to craft the layout and atmosphere they were envisioning. This realization, fueled by their passion to take Capital Cigar to the next level, resulted in the ground breaking at the location Capital Cigar Lounge currently resides today off of 16th and Old Cheney.
In this digital age, there is so much noise. Having face-to-face conversation with a friend over cigars and cocktails has become a lost art. It’s Capital Cigar’s mission to reintroduce this way of life to the community. The lounge is a place to come and relax; unplug and just get away from it all. At Capital Cigar, each visit should feel like a mini-vacation.
Capital Cigar Lounge boasts a selection of 15,000 cigars, each brand holding up the Capital Cigar brand. All the recommended brands at the lounge come from Tony and Austin’s extensive knowledge into the practices, products, and people behind the production of each cigar. Of these top brands, Tony and Austin are proud to say that they earned the trust of the owners of the esteemed Alec Bradley brand. Alec Bradley cigars are coveted in the world of tobacco enthusiasts, as the necessary precision required to construct their blends limits the amount the produce and distribute through the world. In fact, only select locations carry Alec Bradley cigars, and Capital Cigar Lounge just so happens to be Alec Bradley’s first partnered lounge in North America.
With community and innovation in mind, Capital Cigar features an upscale and comfortable public lounge area for customers who want to smoke cigars or pipes while enjoying fine spirits, wine, and local beer. The building is 3,500 square feet with a state-of-the-art customized ventilation system for comfort, complete with ample seating, a full-service bar, and a pool table. There is also a Cohiba-branded members-only lounge. Membership allows access from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. with a key fob entry or technology from GeoKey, along with private access to the outdoor patio and a personal locker. Capital Cigar Lounge is designed for business, at any time of the day. Their conference room, with built-in video/audio call and presentation technology, is available to private members (no charge included) and the public to be rented by the hour during business hours.
Truly though, the ambiance at the lounge is better experienced than explained. Swing by Capital Cigar Lounge today to see for yourself, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for details on their weekly events, like poker night, girls night, chess lessons, and many other professional networking opportunities.
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