Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of gourmet cigars and drinks at Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge in Nicholasville.
Jake’s Cigar Bar & Lounge envelops guests in smoky bliss amid warm earth tones and sumptuous leather seating. Select a stogie from the display room, which cradles thousands of finely crafted puffables arranged along shelves for perusal by eyes and nostrils. An Ashton 8-9-8 ($11.50) wraps olfactory organs in warm, peppery spice, and the J. Fuego 777’s ($6.75) blend of Nicaraguan corojo and criollo tobaccos justifies its moniker by making mouths feel lucky. Bathe in smoky satisfaction in one of the indoor lounge’s chocolatey leather armchairs, or complement your smoke with a libation at the bar. More than a dozen bourbons, including 15-year-old Pappy Van Winkle ($16.50/glass), dazzle taste buds with patient flavors, and tongues eager for contrast cut through smoky blankets with a Tanqueray and tonic ($6). Open until 11 p.m. Monday–Thursday and midnight on Friday and Saturday, Jake’s easily accommodates late-night ruminations on everything from an upcoming marriage to what’s behind door No. 2.