Hinton Rowan Harper, an 1800s Gold Rush–era writer, once remarked he’d seen “the purest liquor, the best segars (sic), the finest tobacco, the prettiest courtezans (sic)” and it was his “unbiased opinion that California can and does furnish the best bad things that are available in America.” I haven’t seen any courtesans here, but if you are looking for a fine stogie with a tumbler of rare scotch, and a legal smoking room to enjoy your treasures, step inside. Though the name implies it is a private club, Occidental is open to the public. A varied selection of premium cigars make good souvenirs to remember your time in the Sin City of the West. Open daily noon to 1am.
- Erika Lennert