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Civil Cigar Lounge Opens Monday

by Prince Of Petworth January 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm 7 Comments

5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

Located next door to Bryan Voltaggio’s recently opened RANGE comes – Civil Cigar Lounge in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

Their website says:

CIVIL CIGAR LOUNGE — brought to you by John Anderson and Matt Krimm of W. Curtis Draper Tobacconist — is a premium cigar lounge and small plate eatery concept located in the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW in Washington, DC. A carefully curated selection of premium cigars from Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic will be paired with premium and small batch spirits, wines, beers and specialty cocktails.

The small plates menu will be developed exclusively by Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s RANGE, located adjacent to CIVIL in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

CIVIL features a 500 square foot retail section and 5,000 square foot lounge. Our state of the art air handling system replaces 100% of the air in the facility every two minutes. In addition, 125 humidified cigar lockers are available for lease.

You can see their menus here. More photos after the jump.

  • I wonder if Range has fixed its problems since we were there after Christmas. Disaster doesn’t begin to cover the experience we had.

    • anon

      Could you please elaborate? I’ve been curious about this place, but would prefer not to waste money on a disappointment. Thanks.

      • Where do I begin? With the sommelier who came to take our wine order before we got food menus? The fact that we had to beg for food menus? The disgusting cocktail that I sent back? Or the lettuce, blue cheese and bacon salad with bits of gristle and bone that also got sent back? Then there were the waiters who kept filling our glasses with sparkling water rather than the still we were drinking, the serving portions about which we were essentially lied to (no, a loaf of broad is not actually sized for one person, thanks), the waiter we never saw. All that would have been things we could have dealt with had the food been more than merely mediocre. It wasn’t. I wasn’t kidding when I told the maitre’d that it was the worst restaurant at which we ate in 2012 save a Burger King in the Istanbul airport. The best thing I can say about Range is that they ended up not charging us for that half-assed dining experience.

        • JB

          I went a couple weeks ago and it was a really great experience. Everything we had was tasty and there is an interesting range of options to eat (particularly if you are in to meat – probably not a good place for vegetarians).

  • Cigarillo

    Those seats look like quite a step up from Shellie’s!

  • I can’t wait to check this out. The reviews have been great and I’ve been trying to get reservations for weeks, but they’re booked solid. It looks like the cigar bar is the closest I’m going to get for awhile.

  • novatron

    Looks like just the place for the Little Misters of the Universe.


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