About Bill and the St Pete, FL, La Habana Cigar Club
We aren’t a St Petersburg tobacco shop, but if you want to buy or smoke great cigars you have found the right local spot!
A St Petersburg, South Pasadena, FL cigar lounge where you can buy your cigars and smoke your cigars with no pressure. Come on in, we look forward to seeing you here locally. St Petersburg, FL is the place to be and if you were in town and wanted to smoke a great cigar you might want to know where to go.
Bill’s La Habana Cigar Club is open for business and is excited to help you enjoy a great cigar at a great price. Customers can purchase beers and fine wines along with their cigars in a comfortable atmosphere. You know you are ready for a cigar!
It’s no longer just a man’s game. Women are smoking cigars just like men. Are you a woman that wants to try a cigar or have questions about flavors? La Habana Cigar Club can help you. Come on in and we will get you set up!
“I’m here for the customer, says Owner Bill Elsasser. ‘That’s what I offer: customer service.”His goal is to provide the world’s best cigars at an affordable price and a place where lovers of the ‘cigar life’ can meet like-minded patrons and relax with a cigar in hand. Local cigar aficionados and anyone else seeking cigars to smoke will be delighted by the wide selection and welcoming atmosphere at Bill’s La Habana Cigar Club.
Owner Bill Elsasser has been busy expanding the offerings and enhancing the atmosphere at the cigar lounge on Pasadena Ave. His goal is to provide the world’s best cigars and a place where lovers of the ‘cigar life’ can meet like-minded patrons and relax. Customers can purchase beers and fine wines along with their cigars in a comfortable atmosphere.
To that end, he’s been researching a new look and theme to the vintage establishment, along with new products to compliment the cigars, pipe tobacco, lighters, humidors, cutters and other accoutrements now in the store. ‘Any accessory for the cigar world, we can get,’ he says, ‘and we can compete with online vendors for box purchases.’
Elsasser, 66, is deeply passionate about cigars and the culture associated with them. Since he discovered them about ten years ago, he’s been learning everything there is to know about cigars, their manufacture, history and the lifestyle associated with them.
People from all walks of life enjoy cigars, he says, adding that he’s met everyone from plumbers and cattle ranchers to chief executive officers pursuing his interest. ‘It’s a very social business,’ he says. Ask him a question about his beloved cigars and he can wax poetic.
He’ll talk about fillers, binders and wrappers; flavor profiles (creamy, tart, earthy, sweet, spicy, nutty, chocolaty, peppery); and strengths (mild, medium and full). He’ll expound about a cigar culture that revolves around relaxing and enjoying the company of good friends, about the sensory experiences of smoking a good cigar, and the aromas that invoke childhood memories of celebrations and family. He’ll discuss his national network of cigar-loving friends and the hundreds of cigar lounges he’s visited around the country.
And he’ll describe the far-flung places where cigar tobacco is grown and the long tradition of cigar making that involves tens of thousands of people in a manufacturing process that’s measured in months and years instead of days. ‘Because cigars are a hand-rolled product, about 350 people have handled the cigar from start to finish before it comes to the shop.’
He says. ‘It’s a very labor-intensive business. It’s fascinating.’ ‘I love the South Pasadena, St Pete, Gulfport area,’ Elsasser says. ‘It’s fantastic because it’s so laid back the weather is warm and the people are great talkers.
• Esteban Carreras Hellcat Robusto • Fat Bottom Betty • Gran Habano Corojo #5 • Gurkha Ninja • Havana Classico • Jaime Garcia Robusto • La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor • Liga Privada #9 Bellicoso
• AFuente 858 Maduro • AFuente Curly Head • AFuente Short Story • AJ Fernandez Sampler • Blanco #9 Torpedo • Blanco Liga Exclusiva Maduro Toro • Boveda Pak • Camacho Diploma
• Montecristo Classic #2 Toro • Oliva Serie O Corona • Padron 7000 Maduro • Perdomo Factory Blend Maduro • Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon • Sobremesa Cervantes Fino • Tabak Especial Negra Robusto • Undercrown Shade Churchill