A New Concept:
This is not your grandfather's, gentlemen's only cigar bar. Aroma's Cigars, Wine & Martini Bar, created by cigar-loving entrepreneurs looking to modernize the cigar bar concept, tosses tradition out the window and glams things up by adding an upscale wine and martini bar with live entertainment, an extensive humidor and cigar shop and a private smoking club - all under one roof. Or two, rather. Aroma's pilot project on Jacksonville's Southside proved so popular that the group opened a second in ritzy Ponte Vedra Beach.
Aroma's offers 700 premium cigars and an array of beautiful, handcrafted humidors available to all patrons. For those who want the full cigar club experience, Club Robusto offers membership packages from $850 for individuals to $3,500 for a corporate membership for up to five people. Benefits include access to an exclusive, luxuriously appointed smoking room and private conference room, plus exclusive gatherings and travel experiences; a humidified private Cigar Locker with engraved nameplate; and a one-year subscription to Cigar Aficionado.
Raising the Bar:
Aroma's offers a huge selection of wines, specialty martinis and mohitos. A favorite is the Aromas Anejo mohito made from scratch with premium 10 Cane Trinidadian Rum, Aroma's own mint simple syrup and a splash of fresh lime juice. It's aged in mason jars for five days and finished with a stalk of sugar cane and a fresh mint spring.
Aroma's primarily is known as a sophisticated night spot for cigar, wine and martini lovers (local favorites The Boogie Freaks play every Thursday night). But it's also open for lunch and dinner, serving up casual fare like French dip sandwiches with steak fries, and more and gourmet dishes like blacked or seared sesame and cracked pepper-encrusted sushi grade ahi tuna topped with soy-ginger vinaigrette.
Aroma's has two Northeast Florida locations: 4372 Southside Blvd., Suite 101, on Jacksonville's Southside, across the street from Tinseltown,(904) 928-0515; and 880 A1A North, Suite 18-B in Ponte Vedra Beach, (904) 280-2525.