Imagine a great, comfortable well-appointed cigar lounge. Now imagine it bigger, more plush and even loungier — if that's a word. Fat Stogies Cigar Lounge in Encino is a colossal emporium of good smokes, casual chatter and decadent seating, a civilized clubhouse for (mostly) men who value an upscale, home-away-from-home vibe as much as high-quality cigars. Brothers Amo and Jack definitely carry a fantastic assortment of fine stogies in their spacious, well-stocked walk-in humidor, including such rare specimens as the La Gloria Serie R No. 6, as well as the best from Rocky Patel, Oliva, Padrón and other top brands. The place has several denlike sitting areas, some separated by glass walls, with TVs and artwork to enjoy. The ventilation system is outstanding, but what pulls it all together is the owners' gregarious, solicitous attitude toward service — they make you feel like a member of the club.
Credit: Adam Gropman