First off, this isn't just a cigar store. No, it's much more. It has a small, but tasty cooked-on-site menu and a bar. It has live music. It has ambiance and character. It is inviting.
So, a cigar store a block off Beale may not be your cup of tea. I get it. It's not a place to take the kids. But, if you enjoy a cigar, you have to come here on a Friday or Saturday night. This isn't just a guys place. Men and women are both welcome.
Before I get started, let's start with the food. It is good - really good. I had several items and all were tasty. Thanks to the locals for offering up their food, but that's the kind of place this is. The Cuban is a must - REALLY good. The sausage "sandwich" is also way above average. The seasoned chips were great. I just can't say enough and prices are very reasonable.
The bar isn't huge and doesn't have everything, but with everything else going on that's easy to overlook.
The music was excellent. The guitar player in the band they had incredibly talented. It was a mixture of rock and jazz. It was honestly one of the best bands I've heard at a small venue/bar. Really exceptional.
The wait staff was friendly and always eager to help. The owner, Robb, is on site and took time to speak with me about his place, as well as other local sites and place to see. He's a really friendly guy.
The cigar selection is first-rate. Better than many cigar stores with a great selection of new offerings. Prices were very reasonable.
Finally, the atmosphere and clientele. Incredible. There's a sign on the wall that reads, "No Black. No White. Just de Blues." Well said. Whatever your color, creed or station in life, everyone is equal at Havana Mix. Check your ego at the door and come in. You might see local "big wigs" or maybe someone famous from time to time. Everyone is there for a good time. Trouble makers are not welcome. This is the kind of place that every city should have.
For this trip, I was on my own. I immediately made friends, got to know a bunch of people and had great conversations. Don't go just for a cigar. Go to stay for an hour or two. You may just find that you stay all evening. I can't recommend this place enough.
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