Bar and cigar room a classy throwback in time
By Matt Bayman
To truly enjoy a cigar, it takes patrons at the Leaf & Vine in Troy about an hour.
“Smoking a cigar is all about taking time to sit back and relax for a while,” said Patty Rose, co-owner of the pub, adding that her cigar clients consist of men and women.
Located at 108 W. Main St. in the heart of the historic district, the Leaf & Vine is known as a “bar and cigar room,” but it’s also a hotspot for live music and other entertainment.
The romantic pub contains decorative tin ceilings that are more than a century old. On one side of the narrow room is a collection of nude artwork on the wall, including amazing oil paintings that glisten in the natural light that shines through the two bay windows that surround the bar’s entrance.
In one bay window, a grand piano awaits the fingers of an entertainer. In the other, a microphone and acoustic guitar wait for open mic night, which takes place every Wednesday and live music every Saturday night. A full bar sits perfectly in the center of the room, and other than two flat screen TVs tuned into an exclusive music station, the bar looks like it could be from any era of the past century in Troy.
In the back corner of the pub, just below an indoor balcony that contains its own seating area, is the largest walk-in humidor in the area. More than 200 cigar faces line the humidor’s walls, including some of the top premium lines, as well as a handcrafted Leaf & Vine house cigar.
“We have clients who have their favorite cigar brands and others who like to try something new. We also have a lot of new patrons and enjoy introducing them to the art of cigar smoking,” Rose said.
One way the pub introduces patrons to new experiences is during its monthly Cigar Night, which takes place on the third Thursday of each month. During this event, representatives from cigar companies showcase featured cigars and answer questions about the art of cigar smoking. There are cigar specials, door prizes for cigar customers and, best of all, there’s always a fun theme for the evening.
Last week’s Cigar Night was very festive as the theme was “sexy elves.” During the event, barmaids dressed as elves served customers at the bar, as well as atop the open air balcony and on the enclosed patio at the back of the bar.
During Cigar Nights of the past, Rose has hosted a bikini night, a lingerie auction and other well-received events. Some events were held to raise money for charity (a common mission for Rose and the pub), while others were just about having fun.
“We don’t always have fund raisers, we also raise a lot of fun,” she said.
Along with fine cigars, Rose said she also enjoys sharing her coveted collection of scotch and bourbons with clients, not to mention nearly 70 different beer selections, “or simply a great glass of wine!” she said.
“We always showcase our scotch and bourbon with our cigars because the two often go hand-in-hand. You can have a cigar in one hand and be swirling a nice glass of scotch in the other,” Rose said.
During Cigar Night, the Leaf & Vine offers flights of bourbon and scotch, which often allows patrons to try brands they might have never had before.
“People have actually changed what their favorite bourbon is,” Rose said.
Rose said Cigar Night is a great way for new patrons to introduce themselves to the classy, part saloon, part midtown bar, and its vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
“It’s a big night that people can treat themselves to the finer things in life and just kick back and have fun,” she said. However, Cigar Night is but one of the many fun events scheduled at the pub each month.
On Mondays, patrons enjoy $1 hot dogs and $1 domestic beers. Tuesday is $4 martini night. Every Wednesday, open mic night invites musicians and music fans to perform and listen. Free food is served to everyone in attendance and performers get discounted drinks all night long. Sound equipment and a few instruments are provided, but musicians are welcome to bring their own. Thursday is $3 well drink night, followed by Jukebox Fridays, when the bar puts in all the quarters and patrons get to pick all of the music. At 9 p.m. on Saturdays (unless otherwise noted) the Leaf & Vine hosts a variety of musical talent, some of which are discovered during Wednesday’s open mic nights. Expect to hear great classic rock, blues, jazz and funk and many talented solo artists. There is never a cover charge for live music or any other event at the Leaf & Vine.
The Leaf & Vine is open 4:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday-Thursday and noon to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call (937) 332-0773. To keep up to date on current happenings at the pub, including what bands are performing, visit its Facebook page.
Reach DCP freelance writer Matt Bayman at MattBayman@DaytonCityPaper.com.