Iwan Ries & Co.

Located on the 2nd floor at 19 S Wabash Ave in Chicago is one of the best Cigar Lounges that I have ever been to in my life. The reason why I say this is because of the three smoke lounges that they have and a butler that helps make your stay pleasant. These three rooms consist of a Sports bar, an Office environment and a typical Lounge area. Giving each visitor a place where they best feel at home. The office worker can sit down, smoke a cigar and work at the same time, while others can enjoy the game or sit and relax in conversation. All the time there is an employee, that I call the Butler, that helps you with ordering food, paying the deliverer and bring it to you, so you don’t have to bother with that.

During the day, you can buy your cigars in the shop, which also has a very small lounge area where you can smoke the cigar. And when the shop is closed there is a small selection of cigars that you can chose from. Most regulars have their own humidor in the lounge area and it is more of a club than a public place. This also means that you must become a member for a day when you visit. The price if this was in 2015 $10 but has been raised to $15 for a full day.

The reason why this is one of the best lounges in the World is based upon the three smoking rooms and the service that you get in those rooms. What I am not a fan of, is the membership (which is mandated by law). And I have no clear understanding of the knowledge of the people that work there, which is because I had much less knowledge myself back then.

My appreciation of the place:

  • Humidor: 9/10
  • The cigars: 9/10
  • Lounge: 10/10
  • Terras: not available
  • Drank: Beer, whisky, coffee and soft drinks and whatever bring
  • Eten: not available, but you can order in and a Butler helps you with that
  • WiFi: available
  • Eigenaar: 8/10
  • Price: above average
  • Membership fee per day: $ 15.00

Website: https://www.iwanries.com (very ugly site)

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