Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes it is a tiny cigar-shaped UFO. Exhale extraterrestrial smoke with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of spirits, cigars, and pub fare at Jernigan's Tobacco Village Scotch and Cigar Bar, located on the first level of The Galleria of Mount Lebanon on Washington Road.
The puff pros at Jernigan's, voted one of 2010's top 20 bars in Pittsburgh Magazine, open their walk-in humidor to smokers of all stripes, serving fine spirits and classy cuisine in an intimate atmosphere reminiscent of the collegial camaraderie of an Irish pub. Stogie devotees can chew on a classic Padron Anniversario, aged four years, or parse words with a Hemingway Series cigar filled with earthy flavors, a spicy finish, and terse stories of its youth spent hunting squirrels in rural Illinois.
Jernigan's elegant pub fare muffles bellowing bellies with a sharable antipasto platter ($12) or a panini-style muffaletta that tops salami, spicy ham, pepperoni, mozzarella, and provolone with olive salad ($9). Irrigate arid gullets with single-malt scotches such as a 12-year old Glenfiddich ($9), Balvenie Doublewood ($12), or an 18-year old Glenlivet ($16), or soak in the exotic suds of Jernigan's imported beers, each well versed in the international language of hops.
Five 40-inch flat-screen televisions hover over a classic walnut bar and drinking rail that overlooks Jernigan's walk-in humidor, and free WiFi ensures sauced singers can learn the proper lyrics to their favorite drinking songs. Jernigan's often hosts special events, such as whiskey tastings, and aspiring cigar connoisseurs can tune into the bar's sober-musings series for tips on smoking etiquette, humidor mixing, and Groucho-style cigar wagging.