Tabacos y Vinos

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Antigua's fine wine and cigar shop. We have the biggest variety of wine and are the only place to buy certified cuban cigars.
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Allie J
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This cozy wine bar not only offers an extensive variety of tasty wines, but also offers some of the best views that Antigua has to offer. You're situated right beneath the famous yellow arch where you could pass the entire day people watching!

The cheese board selections are delicious, and the staff is incredible. Every time I come in I end up spending 3 or 4 hours just passing the time and chatting with everyone inside.

Easily one of my favorite spots in Antigua!
Written January 29, 2020
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Thank you Allie! Hope to see you soon.
Written January 29, 2020
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Michelle
5 contributions
Solo
Traveling solo, it was so great to find this wee bar right by the arch on Antigua. The staff made me feel like I was hanging out with friends, were very knowledgeable about their products, and affordable prices.
Sitting at the big table meeting other travelers was one of the highlights if my stay. Super cute and cosy!
Written January 19, 2020
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junkshow
Seattle, WA136 contributions
Nice wine bar, good ambience. 35Q for 1st glass then 30Q for second, 25Q for 3rd. Had a merlot and a temperanillo. Nice staff. Have a meat place and cheese, but no other food.
Written April 4, 2021
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Emma
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Couples
Stumbled across this absolute gem while visiting Santa Catalina arch. The nicest variety of wine we have found in Central America on our trip so far. The owner is an extremely knowledgeable and genuine character. This is a must visit for a very enjoyable experience.
Written August 1, 2022
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Wade B
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Solo
This place has a great selection of South American and European wines. It is the type of place you can visit with family, friends, or solo. The staff is very friendly and educated on the wines. I will definitely visit this place again in the future
Written February 3, 2020
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Ron J
2 contributions
Friends
Enjoyed this warm and friendly place so much, I made a special point of going back the next afternoon/evening while still in town. Some choose to unwind and read or people watch. I enjoyed talking with Corrina. Don’t have to be a stranger here.
Written January 21, 2020
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Kimberly B
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Do you yearn to sit with a glass of wine or a beer to people watch? Or maybe you want to feel as if you're recharging with close friends (maybe make new ones!)? Perhaps just sit and read a book while enjoying a beverage and a great cigar. Tabacos y Vinos is exactly that place. Sit open tables, open to the street to enjoy the vibe or pop inside at the community table, to allow coversations to open up with new friends from all over the world (or even from your home town)! Don't forget the staff - accoomodating, friendly and bi-lingual. If you're familiar with the popular 80's show CHEERS - then you partially know what your experience will be. They'll know your name after just one visit!
Written January 21, 2020
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Antigua G
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala130 contributions
Couples
Cigars, Antigua Guatemala, Cuban

When Mrs. Yolkobsen thinks of Guatemala she thinks of warm breezes, colonial architecture, lots of beautiful Maya weaving, etc. etc.  Mr. Y thinks about cigars. There, my friends, is the great gender divide.  Once again, a woman is only a woman but a good cigar is smoke.  

A recent afternoon found us roaming the streets of Antigua Guatemala looking for the goods, that is, the places that offer a sizeable selection of premium cigars, for sale either by box or singles.  And they had to have a bone fide humidor.  We found a few places in town that met our criteria and we'd like to share with you what we found.  All prices are in US dollars.

First, it's helpful to know there are any number of bars in Antigua Guatemala that sell a small selection of cigars (los puros) to their patrons. These are kept in humidor boxes or in the regular cigar boxes with their brands emblazoned on them. That's why at night you often see clusters of men standing in front of bars and restaurants sending shafts of Cubano smoke out to punctuate the local atmosphere.
 
For those of you traveling to Guatemala for the first time, it's important to know it's against the law to smoke inside any establishment in the country.  Even so, there are many restaurants and bars that will turn a blind eye to smoking.  And if you intimate that a better tip would follow the arrival of an ashtray, you can puff away, but only cigarettes.  It's hard for even the most complicit waiter to keep steamboat blasts of cigar smoke subtly contained.

In any case, we found four establishments that had medium to small selections of Central American and Cuban cigars for sale and which corralled the smokes in professional standard humidors. 

HAVANA CIGAR - 4a Calle Oriente #3

Just off the Parque Central, this long-established "puro boutique" has a good sized walk-in humidor.  Like all purveyors of cigar rhapsody, pride of place and volume is given over to the Cubanos.  Though there are some Guatemalan and Honduran tobacco pistols lolling in handsome boxes, the Cubans hold sway in this humidor.  It's worth dropping by just to get a whiff of this phone booth of a cigar case.  There's a musky, slightly caramel fragrance to the small window-lined cabin near the front of the bar.   Here you find Cohibas ranging in price from $67 for a torpedo of a smoke, down to $3 for a dainty panatela.   The Cubans cede a bit of space to the Guatemalans, which weigh in with the likes of the Flora Maya brand, $7 to $9. Don Puncho is also on hand at $9.

TABACOS Y VINOS - 5a Avenida Norte #28B

This cigar and wine house is on Antigua Guatemala's Golden Mile, that is, the 5th Avenida near Antigua Guatemala's iconic yellow arch and just beside the ruins of the 16th century Santa Catalina Church and convent. Their walk-in humidor hints at brown autumn leaf spice along with a classic brooding tobacco aroma.  This establishment boasts a roster of Cubans and Hondurans, offering a modest to price medium price range.  For example, the most expensive in stock is the Pantagas Saloman, a small submarine of a Havana, which can be had for $18. The Cubans also include a Land Rover of cigar, from the Bolivar line, $12, and a range of good old Romeo and Juliettas, in the $8 to $12 range.  You can get a Honduran Indios for $10.

ALMACEN TROCCOLI - 3a Calle Poiniente con Calle de Arco

Also located in the pricey real estate section of town, the Almacen Troccoli has been in business in one form or another since 1903.  Its present incarnation very much honors its history.  Though it's primarily a wine and spirits store, the antique appointments immediately stir up a vivid impression of an old-time apothecary. There's no walk-in humidor here, but there is a beautiful vintage display case humidor that holds a smallish selection of Cubans, ranging in price. About $20 US will get you lit up with a Punch and $12 US will get you a date with a Cohiba Lancero.  

ANTIGUA GUATEMALA TOBACCO COMPAÑIA - 3a Calle Poniente #12

The walk-in humidor at this wine bar has a good dung and earth smell that smacks the senses immediately.  This is a good sign since it means that the humidity is keeping the rolled wonders fragrant and moist as they wait for their intended ones (you cigar lovers) to claim them.  The aromatic inventory includes brands from Guatemala, Brazil, Nicaragua and Cuba, making this outlet the most varied, but not the most expensive cigar store here. The Guatemalans range from 60 cents for a pixie of a cheroot (the real stogie) to $12 for a fatso Guatemalanamerica.  The Nicaraguans show off with medium to gigantic no-name numbers that range in price from $3 to $4.  Brazil is represented by the likes of Doña Flor which rings in at $8.  And $19 will curry favor with a Cuban Montecristo or you could pledge your eternal troth to a 23-dollar Cohiba.  You pipe smokers will be glad to know that you can get a pouch of TP Guatemala tobacco here for about $8.
Written December 1, 2011
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BuenosAiresSailor
Buenos Aires48 contributions
Solo
I live in California and Argentina and have been drinking wine for more than 30 years and i can say that without doubt, this place sold me the worst bottle of wine for more than $20us that i have ever tasted....at ANY price. After getting a sense of their selection, all of which were ridiculously over priced, i chose a bottle from Argentina from a winery I had never heard of and it was absolutely undrinkable. Trader Joe's 3 Buck Chuck is better. The wine selection in other Antigua stores and restaurants is very limited, but everything I have had during four visits to Antigua over eight years has been better than the bottle I bought at Tabacos y Vinos. Any nearby tienda sells better.
Written January 21, 2014
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lucygraham2205
Collingwood, Australia97 contributions
Friends
We visited this spot twice during our time in Antigua.

Good showcase of wine lining their walls with some whiskeys and cigars.

Big share table in the middle with a few spots for smaller groups.
Nice option of a couple of wines on offer, getting cheaper when you buy your next glass.

Situated in a beautiful part of town by the arch.

Worth a visit!
Written April 5, 2018
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