This past Wednesday, I attended the monthly Ash Wednesday networking event at the Mancave Cigar Lounge & Barbershop. The shop has been open since April of this year and I have not had an opportunity to visit until last week.
The shop, run by Darren Alvarez and his fiancé, Catrinna Dick, is located on S. Dale Mabry, south of I-275. There is ample parking available and the shop is easy to find.
As I opened the front door and walked through, I found myself in the front lounge. It is appointed with several padded, two seat benches and low tables on one side and a pair of TV’s and several stools on the opposite wall. The back room is where the humidor, member lockers, domino table and barber chairs are located.
The shop’s humidor has a cross section of some local favorites and big name brand cigars. On either side of the humidor are two sets of lockers for members that look well maintained. Off the back wall are the two barber chairs where Darren can cut your hair while you relax and enjoy a cigar. Beer, wine and soft drinks are available for sale if you care for a drink with your smoke.
During the course of the evening, I had an opportunity to speak with Darren and Catrinna. I learned that Darren also rolls cigars under the company name West Tampa Cigars. He rolls for private events, corporate parties or any other function you could imagine. Darren can also design a custom cigar band for you to put on his fresh rolled cigars or even as a secondary band on a cigar of your choosing.
Darren and Catrinna host a monthly event at the shop where they set up a tent in the back lot with food, live entertainment and cigar and drink specials, of course.
I enjoyed my evening at the Mancave. The shop has a very relaxing atmosphere, Darren and Catrinna are great hosts and as always, it was great to get together with the Ash Wednesday crew.
The Mancave Cigar Lounge and Barbershop - 3408 S Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, FL 33629