Thursday, January 25, 2007
Style File: Havana Club
For those of you who can't seem to find a place to smoke a good stogie, don't let your cigar dreams go up in smoke. In tonight's Style File, Belkys Nerey takes us to a club where you can light one up, like the old days in Havana.
WSVN -- Thank you for not smoking.
In South Florida, indoor dining and cigars don't mix -- that is until now.
Robert Katz: "This is one of the few places, maybe the only place, in South Florida where people can dine and smoke cigars at the same time."
Cigar aficionados can puff away at the new Havana Club at the Miami City Club, located 55 floors up in the Wachovia Financial Center.
It's like walking through old Havana, but the view is definitely Miami.
Andrew Menachem: "There is nothing like this in South Florida, there is nothing of this magnitude."
The private club is for member's only, and the member list is as impressive as blowing a smoke ring.
Rudy Guiliani, Kevin Costner and Shaq are just some of the VIPs who enjoy the perks, like their very own private humidor.
Robert Katz: "This humidor room we are standing in is the largest private humidor room in the United States. It houses well over 900 humidors."
And if lifting your stogie isn't your idea of a workout, Havana Club members also enjoy exclusive membership to the Downtown Athletic Club.
Here, they can pump some iron before heading upstairs for dinner and drinks.
Gene Meehan: "If you are going to the club for a great dinner, why not start out here to workout or play some basketball?"
Did someone say basketball?
Havana Club has 24-hour concierge service where members can ride to Heat games in a limo, just like the players.
And don't be surprised to see a few of them on any given night.
Dwayne Wade just celebrated his 25th birthday here.
Dwayne Wade: "It's just about having fun and enjoying the moment and celebrating the 25th."
But you don't have to be a celebrity to be treated like one.
Anyone can join as long as you pay up -- so smoke 'em if you've got 'em.
Gavin Macphail: "I'm just here, and it's wonderful that I can enjoy this environment and I don't have to be a celebrity to do so."
Belkys Nerey: "The Havana Club's initiation fee is $5,000. The monthly dues are $300."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Miami City Club
Miami, Florida 33131