Derby week is a time to get out and meet new people in the Louisville area. Master Distillers make the rounds at liquor stores and bars, and representatives for liquor distributors and cigar manufacturers are out doing the same. So when Clint Aaron, founder of 262 Cigars, tweeted at me to let me know he would be at Match Cigar Bar in Jeffersonville, I knew I would have a great night ahead of me.
Match Cigar Bar and Riverside Cigars are side-by-side businesses right across the bridge in Jeffersonville. You can walk into the smoke shop, buy a cigar from the humidor, then walk next door to take your pick of any of the many excellent bourbons and ryes on the bar.
On Oaks Eve I ventured across the river to meet my Twitter friend Clint and learn more about his cigar brand. I talked to both him and his brand’s rep before I picked out a Maduro 262 Revere box pressed cigar from the humidor.
After checking out at the smoke shop, I walked through the open door into Match Cigar Bar. I surveyed the bourbon and rye selection for a bit before deciding I needed a cocktail to go with my stogie. Jinx, the charming bartender, is a great mixologist. He made me a tasty and beautiful rye Manhattan, my current cocktail of choice. I also tried their house blend of Angel’s Envy bourbon, which I wasn’t even aware they made.
I retreated to a leather club chair in the corner to enjoy my cocktail and my cigar. I talked to several people throughout the evening, mostly about bourbon. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and conversations with strangers came easily.
Bourbon and cigars are always a winning combination, and it’s nice to have a place so close to Louisville where you can have both. I’m looking forward to getting over there again.
Photos Courtesy of Maggie Kimberl