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February 2016 SMOKESHOP 31 cigar store, unlike anything else in the city. Our ambition is for Montecristo to be the best place in Las Vegas to smoke a cigar with a drink while watching a stirring sporting event or, by special ar- rangement, as part of a gourmet meal from Old Homestead, Nobu, or Restau- rant Guy Savoy. We think this unique new offering is the perfect marriage of two world-famous brands, Caesars Pal- ace and Montecristo." Much like Frey's Casa Fuente, Mon- tecristo Cigar Bar will offer a range of top premium cigar brands beyond the establishment's moniker, including oth- er Altadis U.S.A. brands as well as Pa- drón, La Flor Dominicana, Arturo Fuen- te, Ashton, San Cristobal, La Aroma de Cuba, Mi Amor, Las Antilles and My Father, among a variety of others. The retail shop and humidor are com- prised of two intersecting circles with custom curved glass walls and shelving. In the retail shop, floating wood and glass jewel cases create an elegant display for the cigars. Top-of-the-line accessories will also be available for purchase, including S.T. Dupont. The spacious 400 sq. ft. hu- midor will be able to store up to 1,000 cigars—one of the largest climate-con- trolled environments in the city. Trans- parent walls visually connect the shop and humidor with the bar and lounge, tying all three areas together. To complement its selection of fine cigars, the bar will offer guests "sensible and classic" beverages, as well as rare, highly-coveted spirits on its Captain's List, aimed at connoisseurs. Highlights include Pappy Van Winkle vintage bour- bons, 18-year-old Elijah Craig Single Bar- rel, Thomas H. Handy Sazerac "Antique Collection," and more. A Louis XII Perfect Pour will be offered table-side, served in crystal Riedel glassware. Cigar pairings and suggestions will also be a feature, tak- ing the guesswork out of ordering match- ups that work well together. The 100-seat bar, lounge, gaming area, and private vault will offer guests four distinct "experiences" to choose from to enjoy a cigar and a drink, all served by a state-of-the-art ventilation system. The centerpiece of the signature bar and lounge is a round bar featuring bar- top gaming and plush seating uphol- stered in light and dark neutral hues. Wood paneling on the walls and ceiling adds warmth to the space. The library's neutral material pal- ette is both industrial and luxurious and lends the space a residential atmosphere. An oversized video wall made up of nine television screens will bring sporting events to life, designed to make it a pre- mier spot to watch big games. The courtyard space spans the back portion of Montecristo Cigar Bar. Lush green design elements, a variety of seat- ing groupings, and a key skylight feature all combine to create an environment that "blurs the line between indoors and out- doors," explained Caesars Entertainment. Finally, the 10-seat vault is the most intimate area in Montecristo, targeting groups looking for their own space to en- joy the view. Shawn Sullivan, a partner at Rockwell Group, said, "We conceived Montecristo Cigar Bar as a modern and luxurious loft space with outdoor elements influenced by tobacco farms," regarding the latest Caesars-Rockwell collaboration. Montecristo Cigar Bar is situated adjacent to the Old Homestead Steak- house—the latest outpost of the legend- ary 148-year-old New York City icon— and across from the Nobu Restaurant and Lounge. Both restaurants are recent additions to Caesars Palace. Guests of Montecristo can, by prior special ar- rangements, order from their full menus, although reported that at least one item—the Old Homestead Burger—will be available during certain hours on the cigar bar's own menu. Fo- cusing on a selection of light plate fair, the regular menu will include "domestic and imported cheeses, charcuterie, spicy pork rinds, and house-made vegetable chips. Lavazza coffee will also be avail- able, including table-side French pressed coffee," said Caesars Palace. Montecristo Cigar Bar is the latest branding partnership that Altadis U.S.A. has undertaken, which includes partner- ships with several dozen independent- ly-owned U.S. cigar retailers and JR Cigar locations hosting Montecristo Lounges within, as well as the Casa de Montecristo store in Countryside, Ill. > Opposite page: The courtyard area features skylights and a casual vibe. Top: The signature bar and lounge area, with the walk-in humidor visible at the rear. Above: The entrance.

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