Broad Ripple denizens have several options to guzzle pints of brews, down Jägerbombs, and hookah with high schoolers on the crowded strip, but starting May 23, those with more sophisticated palates have a more grown up option. Head to the Village Cigar (6513 N. College Ave., 317-253-0450) for crafted cocktails, tumblers of brown liquor, and stogies. This new cigar and cocktail bar was the brainchild of the owners of Northside Social (Nicole Harlan-Oprisu, Tim Oprisu, Bill and Nancy Ficca, and Jamie Browning). This cigar-only spot will sell notable blunts like the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series, Cameroon by CAO, and La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor (prices ranging from $6-24). Its well-curated menu of distinguished cigars will be encased in a humidor created by Bob Staebell in Texas, who has also built custom humidors for Tom Cruise and George W. Bush. For drinks, expect a list of brown liquors, wines, and classic cocktails made with small batch spirits (Small American Gin, Cherry Heering, St. Germain, and Chartreuse). And for fare, the owners will offer a small menu of sandwiches and wings from the Northside Social.
The cozy ventilated smoking lounge will be part classic comfort (Venetian plaster walls, black leather chairs, wicker bar stools) and part industrial chic (exposed beams, reclaimed bar top wood, and raw original floors). And if you look at the mirror behind the bar, you might see a much younger version of yourself. The antique mirror is from the former Parthenon restaurant in Broad Ripple.