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Cigar Bars Thrive in China

You can include upscale cigar bars as a luxury the Chinese have come to expect. Perhaps this started as a way to satisfy foreigners, but now the taste for top-notch cigars has given rise to cigar bars in some of the country’s best hotels. These upscale spots offer “premium stogies, cocktails and a seductive vibe” according to Forbes, and working with Startle.com the magazine has put together a list of some of the better cigar bars. Here’s one example:

The Compass Bar, The Peninsula Shanghai
Located inside a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel, this Shanghai bar has an upscale maritime feel (with marine memorabilia and a model of a historic Huangpu River boat) mixed with moody decor in purple and navy. Enjoy a drink by the fireplace, and when it’s time for a smoke, head outside to the garden terrace and pick one of the bar’s premium cigars, including Cohiba Esplendidos and Cohiba Siglo VI Tubos. You can pair it with the bar’s newest signature cocktail, the Shanghai Mist, made with Shanghai White Vodka, green tea, lemon juice and soda water topped with lime and lychees.

Read the rest of the article for information on the Cigar Lounge at The St. Regis Beijing, the Long Bar at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund and the Sunset Bar at the Mandarin Oriental in Sanya.