I love the name Decent Cigar Emporium and it is a whole lot more than decent. After climbing the stairs to the second floor it is a very nice cigar shop and very welcoming. The guys that work here are very friendly and fairly knowledgable about their inventory. The selection is pretty good with some aged and limited Habanos mixed in.
As soon as I walked in I was offered a very good cafe Cubano which was a nice touch. The prices were very fair compared to their Dublin competitiion(Fox on Grafton and Peterson's on Nassau). The selections of the day were a couple of the excellent little El Rey del Mundo Choix de L'Epoque UK RE's and their recommended custom, pigtailed dalias sized cigar. The only thing that could have made the visit better would be if you were still allowed to smoke cigars in their small but comfortable lounge area.
This along with JJ Fox on Grafton are both highly recommended if you are a cigar smoker and in the great city of Dublin!
The owner was really nice to recommend the "cigar of the week." For 7.50 eur the Nicaraguan was dried out, tasting like hay. Definitely not good value and definitely not worth a recommendation. The rest of the stock consists of about 8 humidor boxes, not that great of selection for a store that claims to have the largest "hand rolled cigar" stock in all of Ireland.
I didn't make it to the gym today = snow.
Trudging through white matter involved labour intensive effort that I pay for with my PT. So with that ridiculous rationale in mind I ventured to cigar premium - my fecked up rebellion.
Great cigar taste = Mississippi & New Orleans.
Only folks close to me and now you know that I love cigars - for real.
Stepped up here dressed in snow weather as in my baggie tracksuit bottoms = hot.
-Did someone just talk to me in the royalty sense?
"Would you like an espresso? Madame - no charge."
I abstained and got Partagas....The choice of cigars and service in there is impressive.
So much so I went home pulled out a cool can of Guinness and poured it like there was there no recession and smoked several Partagas'.... The cigars made me put on Cold Sweat from James Brown on the record player.
I looked out at the bursts of feathers from that over head pillow that is the driving snow from above and embraced my inner desire.
Thank you Decent Cigar Emporium for reminding me that what I love about a cigar is to enjoy the moment... & that I am... Wanna smoke one with me?
My first time buying cigars (for a special occasion) and I see no reason to ever go anywhere else. Good, knowledgeable, helpful staff, free coffee and the cigars were excellent (Grafton Reserva Robusto - Cuban seed, grown in Panama) - even to my uneducated palate. Needless to say they went down a treat with the lads too :)
They made sure I was aware of the sepcial offer that knocked an extra 10% off the price if I bought enough too,
Well, I suppose calling it the Bloody great Cigar Emporium would be a bit brash but make no mistake, the Decent Cigar Emporium is really underselling itself when it comes to the naming of the place!
In the old days (pre smoking ban) you could wander in here, choose a suitable cigar (Partagás Serie D No. 4 in my case, you know, on the off chance anyone is putting together Qs Christmas list while they read) and relax in the back of the shop puffing away. Sadly those days are gone.
They offer a small but nice selection of humidors and cater to pretty much every budget. The dude who runs the shop is hugely knowledgeable and gives everyone time to choose the right cigar(s).
My only gripe these days is that more often than not I'm pushing a buggy around the streets of Dublin so cant really make it up the stairs to get to the shop! plus... I probably wouldn't get parent of the year awards if I was seen smoking a big Cuban cigar while pushing my wee son around!
This is my favourite cigar shop in Dublin, possibly all of Ireland. They have a brilliant selection and the staff is very knowledgeable. The prices are not bad, I have found some things to be a bit steeper than I have found elsewhere but due to the central location, great stock selection, and of course the lovely staff I still return and am happy to pay that little bit more for the experience you get when shopping here.
LE cubans are hard to sample when you live in the states, but DCE fit the bill nicely..
1. Super friendly staff and great location on Grafton
2. Coffee was better than the local cafes
3. Prices were solid compared to my other sources
4. They had Behike
5. They had Opus
5. A bit warm in the summer time
If you ever want to feel like you are doing something slightly illegal, but want to avoid committing an actual crime, head to the Cigar Emporium on Grafton Street. It is done out like Sherlock Holmes' private smoking room - all leather and dark wood and ambience - and the staff members talk in the soothing, lowered tones of people coaxing you through a difficult decision.
They were very good at helping me choose a couple of cigars to give as a gift - I had gone in with no clue other than the vague notion that Cubans were good. Apparently, this is a relative judgement. If you are not used to them, "they will blow your head off". Good to know.
So the Decent Cigar Emporium, is the emporium decent or is it the cigars that are decent? well, i suppose its both! decent name for a shop too! :-)
anyway, whatever you are looking for in the way of cigars you are bound to find in here this shop offers sixty types of cigar that are all individually hand rolled in one of the famous cigar making countries such as Honduras, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Nicaragua and of course Cuba.
As Quentin pointed out you used to be able to sit in the shop and sample the fine tastes of any of these cigars but nowadays the smoking ban has put an end to it so you can only go as far as sipping a Cuban coffee while sniffing your cigar.
Its worth going into this shop just to see which famous people have visited, celebrities from around the world have signed cigar boxes in the shop and they are displayed for all to see.
Along with a good selection of cigars, which range in price, and very helpful, knowledgeable staff, the coffee here is delicious. Their espressos are the best and I have asked for seconds while (deliberately) taking my time to choose the perfect cigar but I have also come in here just to get a latte to take away. The emporium also does cigar accessories and I love the atmosphere in here. It's very calm, classy and a touch old-world.
This place is perfectly situated for an American tourist looking to get something he/she can't get back at home in the US: Cuban cigars. The place feels classy as soon as you walk in, and while the prices of the cigars are a little outrageous they are worth it. I bought a few to bring back home to some friends. They'll even offer you a cup of espresso on the house; and it's good stuff, not a cheap tasting imitation. Always nice for a stop-in.
My old roommate was a big fan of pipe smoking and I hopped into the Decent Cigar Emporium with him a while back to pick up a bit of pipe tobacco as he was running low. Seeing as neither of us really new anything about tobacco the guy who worked here gave us the run down on all the different types and his own personal favourites. He gave us a whiff of each and my roommate got some amazing stuff that quite literally smelled like rum & raisin ice cream. It was absolutely gorgeous, and if I'm ever pretentious enough to start smoking a pipe, I will definitely get my stuff here.
Ive been coming here for over 10 yrs every year we come to ireland. You cant sit down here anymore and smoke but if your looking for those cubans you cant find at home at all, this is your place. wants some rare cigar gifts you wont see any place elae, this is your place. The owner Guy is a super dude that knowssssss his cigars. He travels to cuba on an annual basis. bastard... while your there make sure to ask for cuban expresso shot. That will keep you going for some time. Its hard to find places to smoke in public in ireland only downside. so yu might have to settle for getting you cuban here and having them after dinner some place private. For me this a must stop every year. You really like Guys cubans, make sure you tell him.... Hint , hint hint....
Beware if your a tourist!!!
Visited this joint last week as I was in Dublin for a Wedding. I was best man so I decided to purchase some cigars for the wedding party. After seeing an array of cigars I picked out some Cohiba Silgo N°1 and paid €99. A little while up the road my GF asked what excatly had bought and it dawned on us that I had been overcharged and should have paid €68 and my reciept had no details of what I had bought just €99 on it.
Couldnt return back to the shop as I was due to go to a rehersal, but knew that the next day the reception was in a hotel on St Stephens Green 2 minutes away.
Returned next day spoke to a different shop assistant who called the manager. The manager asked who sold them to me and when I described him the manager shouted to the shop assistan across the shop. He and the shop assistant in question made a joke of it. My money was refunded but without an apology.
Sadly for the 'Decent' Cigar Emporium I may not sound local but am not totally foreign.
PS. Cigars were covered in bloom, so to boot there storage looks impressive but isnt very good.
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