Portland has never been known as the “Cigar-Friendly Capital of the World”. In the winter, the cigar community is forced indoors by the cold, wet, windy weather we are so famous for in the Pacific Northwest. The major issue being that public smoking in Portland is virtually mythological in nature. Here in Rip City we have a few rare gems where you can come together with fellow aficionados for fellowship in cigars and conversation. One of those gems is the Broadway Cigar Company on Broadway and NE 36th .
For the last 3 years Broadway Cigar has supplied the cigar enthusiasts of Portland with a phenomenal selection of smokes. From the three dollar every-day stick to the rarest Partagas priced at a hefty $150.00 a stick there is literally a cigar for everyone’s budget. Even if there is a particular brand insisted upon, Broadway will most likely be able to rise to the challenge! Notably, Broadway has the single largest selection of Camacho in the Portland area. The walk-in humidor is a veritable “candy store” for any cigar lover.
The vast selection of quality cigars is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Broadway’s offerings to the cigar experience. 50 inch flat screen TVs grace each room in the establishment playing sports just loud enough to hear the action yet not hinder conversation with your fellow smokers. Free Wi-Fi is available for those who insist on staying online even in a moment of relaxation. A very nice touch is the addition of a four-chair shoe shine station. Gregory from Inspire your Attire is on hand to offer professional shoe restoration as well as offer his two cents to the conversation.
Additionally, a wonderful fact about Broadway Cigar is their involvement in the Portland Cigar scene outside of their walls. Events are found on their website and range from Monday night smokes at El Gaucho’s smoking room to Lady’s Night at The Mark on Canyon rd. Both of which will be reviewed soon. Broadway’s willingness and enthusiasm to spread the sense of community in cigar smokers is unsurpassed in Portland.
The single best quality found in the establishment is the notion of equality. “Whether you’re a doctor or you’re flipping burgers for a living, you leave that at the door. Everyone is welcome here. This is a place of enjoyment…” exclaims Broadway’s manager Greg. Present in the room are smokers of every creed and age. Business men from out of town become regulars when passing through Portland. Natives of the city make their way to Broadway several times a week. This is a central hub of the Portland cigar community.
If there was one downside to the store it would its closing time. One could get very comfortable in the luxurious leather chairs of Broadway Cigar, and be quite content to stay planted through the late night. Unfortunately Broadway does close at 9pm so plan your excursions accordingly.