Party Earth Review Serving as a safe-haven for both the Cuban connoisseur and the American Spirit-sporting hipster, Cigar Bar & Grill is where San Franciscans go to smoke, snack, and groove to sultry jazz. Once past the unassuming façade... ... read full review
850 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
MUNI F Line: The Embarcadero & Broadway
M–F 4pm–2am, Sa 6pm–2am
Downtown / Financial District, San Francisco –
Serving as a safe-haven for both the Cuban connoisseur and the American Spirit-sporting hipster, Cigar Bar & Grill is where San Franciscans go to smoke, snack, and groove to sultry jazz.
Once past the unassuming façade and down into this subterranean den, guests first pass the onsite humidor, packed with ever-changing options from the modestly priced “Romeo y Julieta” to the extravagant “Arturo Fuente.”
Those in need of a specialty cocktail or a belt of whiskey from the sizeable drinks list clamor around the intimately lit bar, while hungrier groups ready for steak and chorizo take to the tables that line the adobe-colored walls and extend into a series of Spanish-style dining rooms.
A crimson-felted pool table awaits in back, while the open air atrium – centered on a Renaissance-style fountain – might be the biggest draw, where the standard posture for clientele is a cigar in one hand, scotch in the other, and eyes darting for the next available seat or cute guest.
Across the atrium, yet another room plays host to regular Latin jazz and salsa acts Thursdays through Saturdays, when a young crowd gets funky in the dark space with its Picasso-inspired paintings on the walls and a second bar serving up lots of sangria between sets.
It may seem small and subtle on the outside, but once visitors descend into The Cigar Bar & Grill, they discover it lacks in neither size nor substance.
Diverse crowd of young financial types, cigar lovers, sophisticated whiskey hounds, Latin jazz aficionados, preppy post grads, and a few errant bourgeois hipsters, mid-20s to 40s.
Live Latin jazz Thursdays through Saturdays. Pool table.
Small but varied seasonal menu of California and Latin cuisine like ribs, quesadillas, and steak. Happy Hour M–F 4–7pm. Cover charge starts around 9:30 F–Sa.
Cover charge F ($7) and Sa ($10). Bar snacks $6–$10, entrées $12–$22, party platters $18–$35.
Beer $3–$11, wine $6–$14/glass or $25–$300/bottles, cocktails $6–$11, whiskey/bourbon $6–$22.
Casual to preppy to dressy: suits, sports jackets, blazers, short dresses, designer skirts, a smattering of hipster garb like flannel and vintage cardigans.
Weekday afternoons for a relaxing drink or smoke and Thursday through Saturday nights for live Latin jazz music, with Saturday nights usually attracting the hottest dance-happy crowd and Thursdays offering live music without any cover charge.
The Bubble Lounge (714 Montgomery Street) is an elegant lounge that takes Cigar Bar’s dedication to smoking and jazz and puts it into the bubbly, serving over 300 champagnes and sparkling wines.