Established in 1996, Merchants Cigar Bar is a sleek midcentury styled lounge that transports guests to another place and time. True to the age of the decadent Havana High Life – legal indoor smoking, fresh sourced cocktail ingredients, and music playing till the early morning hours. Merchants architecture and decor is alluring and authentic. Every element is a modern adaptation of classic design. Guests descend a striking mahogany paneled staircase brought to life with brass accents, floor to ceiling bronze mirrors, and diffused lights. Upon entering the lounge, a luxurious custom brass bar greets guests to the right, as intimate tables and bespoke leather booths welcome couples and larger groups to the left. The space is adorned with handmade Calico Wallpaper, and lighting fixtures by Triple Seven and Soho House. Featuring playful branding and artwork by noted Berlin-based agency Maison C.C. and illustrator Benedikt Rugar, Merchants Cigar Bar offers guests an environment fueled by intrigue with hints of glamour in every detail.
Merchants offers a well-curated cigar selection from Davidoff- including but not limited to the Grand Cru Toro, WSC Churchill, Aniversario Short Perfecto, and Royal Release Robusto. The selection includes cigars from the Montecristo Classic Series in addition to the Double Chateau Natural & Maduro from Arturo Fuente. Padron brings more options to the table, such as the 1964 and 1926 Anniversaries Series. This cigar selection was curated to exemplify some of the finest cigars the world has to offer. With tobaccos from almost every corner of the globe, you’re bound to find a cigar that suits your profile and excites your palate. All cigars on Merchants list come with rich history and high accolades.
Classics elevated with a modern approach highlight the cocktail menu created by Jared Kelly. Kelly honed his skills at USHG’s Porchlight under Nick Bennett. At Merchants Cigar Bar, Kelly has curated his cocktail creations to offer balanced flavors to complement the unique flavors of each cigar, from the spicy Macua de Isle to the vanilla notes in Corleone’s Choice.
Macua de Isle - Playing to the ideal of Nicaragua, this enhanced version of the traditional cocktail from the country blends a touch of island energy with flavors of rum, guava, pineapple and spices to bring a tropical blend of flavor to the glass.
Honeybee Inn - Crisp honey, chamomile and wheat notes blend into a refreshing, light but flavor forward cocktail that accents the lighter blends of cigars to provide a delicious side car to the light apple and smoked woody notes they play to.
Crystal Paradiso - The highest quality cigars need the highest quality martini. The Crystal Paradiso can lend itself to any cigar choice, as its depth of flavors covers a gambit of tones that change with each sip. A blend of two botanical forward gins, oloroso sherry, fortified wine and absinthe gives you a ride from sharp and delicate note to a warming mild wood and fruit tone toward the back of the palate, rounded out with grapefruit oils to give a truly beautiful complexity.
Evening Brew - Any fan of the traditional Manhattan cocktail should try their hand with the Evening Brew, playing to the traditional love of ending a night of drinks with an espresso and cigar. The keys to this is blending in Cynar, a traditional Italian amaro with deep chocolate nodes and a bittersweet profile, as well as an espresso cognac that add a dry roast tone (and a little caffeine) making it not only a great pick me up but perfect with your darker cigar blends to pull out optimal flavor.
Seafoam Garden - Keeping fresh flavors with wintery tones, the Seafoam Garden leans into light tones of orange, deep botanicals and cucumber to give a refreshing sip form start to finish. Butterfly Pea and Suze round out the crisper notes to add texture to an easy going cocktail and pairs fantastically with lighter to medium bodied cigars.
Complementing the cocktails & cigars is a menu by Executive Chef Antelmo Ambrosio. Chef Ambrosio has crafted a menu of time-honored plates including Steak Tartare prepared tableside, a Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras with brandied cherries, Caviar with all its accoutrements, Lobster Tail, Ribeye Steak, Shrimp Cocktail, Spicy Tuna Tarata, Prosciutto Di Parma & Deviled Eggs and for a sweet tooth, Merchants offers lava Chocolate Cake.
We take our guests’ safety very seriously; we have installed state of the art air purification technology by AtmosAir that continuously monitors, disinfects and purifies the air you breathe. Merchants is taking a proactive step and providing measured, healthy air quality, and ensuring that the air you breathe has a positive impact on our health and wellness. By Implementing Atmosair Solutions’ purification and monitoring technology, Merchants contributes to better health by restoring air to its natural state where no pollution or contaminants exist with 99.9 % effectiveness at eliminating the coronavirus.
Merchants Hospitality Inc. (MHI) is a full-service company with expertise in real estate and hospitality. The principals have owned, operated and developed some of the most luxurious destinations in the United States. Properties have included Cachet Boutique Hotel, and the Z Hotel in Long Island City. Restaurants include Philippe Chow, Merchants NY, Merchants River House, Ophelia, Industry Kitchen, Watermark on the East River Esplanade and renowned craft beer hall Treadwell Park.