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Best Place to Play Dominoes Miami 2007 - Habana Cuba Cigar Lounge

Habana Cuba Cigar Lounge

Habana Cuba Cigar Lounge

5348 Northwest 79th Court

Hialeah, FL 33015


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Cigar smoke clings to the air inside the Habana Cuba Cigar Lounge like two teenagers on senior prom night. The baseball game on the giant plasma screen TV set is drowned out by the din of men decked out in guayaberas and dress slacks playing bones on the two tournament tables. They munch on pastelitos and drink Cuba libres. Armando Lopez, a plump Miami Lakes retiree who cautiously nursed his rum and coke on a recent night, avoided the taunts from his pal, Marcelo Llavore, to drink more. "You just want to throw me off my game," Lopez hissed. At another table a bald Cubanazo with a bushy mustache slammed down a nine. "DOMINO!" he bellowed. His opponent gritted his teeth and clenched his right fist. The lounge's owner, Rafael Nodal — who bears a striking resemblance to actor Joe Mantegna — slyly stepped in before the fisticuffs flew. "Gentlemen, por favor, we're not in Little Havana," Nodal chastised, holding a smoldering stogie in his right hand. Last year the gregarious Cuban opened the lounge as a way to promote his line of Cuban-American cigars. Now the lounge has morphed into one of the few places men can release their testosterone-fueled competitiveness seven days a week. "We're all about creating a nice ambiance," Nodal says, "where you can enjoy a good, stiff drink and a fine cigar."
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Bob Basso
Bob Basso

I am a native Floridian; but after snoking a cigar at the Habana Cuba Cigar Lounge, I feel like a real cuban, playing (and winning) dominos. Thank you to Maria, Talia and the Owners Rafael, Julio and Hank for the hospitality and congrats for been the best place in Miami to play Dominos

Jose Alvarez
Jose Alvarez

Habana Cuba Cigar Lounge is not only the best place in Miami to play dominos; but also the best place to smoke cigars. The lounge is beatifull and the staff really knows about cigars. I was borned in Miami; but after spending time at the cigar lounge, I feel like I was in Havana smoking a great Oliveros cigar and having a mojito. Congratulations to the staff and the owner Rafael Nodal (and thank you for the experience)