Monday, July 6, 2015

Ashton Cigar Bar lights up

Ashton Cigar Bar is new at 1522 Walnut St., upstairs from Holt's Cigar Co.

Ashton Cigar Bar lights up

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Ashton Cigar Bar is new at 1522 Walnut St., upstairs from Holt's Cigar Co.

Owner Robert Levin, his son, Sathya, and daughter, Meera, are offering 200 different cigars in a renovated space that was, until February 2012, a cigar bar known as Mahogany on Walnut. (Ashton is the brand of a signature Holt's Dominican cigar.)

New York designer Bentel & Bentel, which won a 2012 James Beard Award for its renovation of Manhattan’s Le Bernardin, went with leather chairs, second-floor street views, and walk-in humidor.

Light from floor-to-ceiling front windows reaches to the back, along an 18-seat white marble serpentine bar and surrounding high-top tables. There are two flat-screen televisions behind the bar and a 3-D wooden piece of art from local painter Michael P. Rocco depicting rolling tobacco fields.

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 The Levins also want to reach out to nonsmokers with 200 whiskeys, signature cocktails and a state-of-the-art air-purification system.

All told, general manager David Marks (Silk City, N 3rd) has 300 spirits plus six draft beers and 20 more in bottles, a variety of eight to 10 wines by the glass, and charcuterie and cheese plates.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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