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Stogie News: Premier Cigar Lounge to Open in Alexandria

21 Jan 2010

As a cigar enthusiast and resident of Northern Virginia, I would be remiss not to write about a luxurious new cigar lounge opening in my backyard this spring. Called CXIII Rex, it will be an expansion of the Landini Brothers restaurant in Alexandria. And, from what I saw on a recent behind-the-scenes tour, it promises to be one of the best cigar venues in the country.

Son and Father -- Noe and Franco Landini

CXIII Rex is the brainchild of Noe and Franco Landini (pictured above), hosts of Landini Brothers and avid cigar fans. Their restaurant—which, I can attest from more than a few visits, offers outstanding Italian cuisine—has been a haven for Washington-area cigar smokers for 30 years. But when it became clear that Virginia lawmakers would pass a statewide ban, they started to lay plans for a benchmark cigar club with unique benefits and members-only offerings.

Noe Shows Off the Plans for CXIII Rex

Sure, CXIII Rex will have all the amenities of traditional cigar lounges, including a well-stocked walk-in humidor, a selection of top libations and small-batch wines, ample seating, wireless internet, private humidor lockers, and the like. But this club, slated to open in late March, will also feature more luxurious accommodations. Included will be a state-of-the-art air ventilation system, an access-only elevator, an all-female wait staff, and a private cigar blend crafted by none other than Rocky Patel.

While all these amenities are fantastic, the club’s finest asset will be the 19th century building in which it resides. Franco and Noe gave me a first-hand look at the future site of CXIII Rex on Monday. Currently under construction in a building adjacent to Landini Brothers, it is an impressive space with ample character and charm. It was only on this behind-the-scenes tour that I got a sense of the size and scope of the future multi-level club, which is complete with a dramatic staircase and a layout built for privacy, comfort, and flow.

Individual memberships, as you might expect from a club of this caliber, are not inexpensive. The cost is $5,000 to join CXIII Rex and $100 each month thereafter. Franco and Noe tell me that 200 slots are available, 160 of which are already claimed for. If, like me, this is above your price range, or if you reside outside the Washington metro area, you still have to appreciate the high attention to detail and passion that’s going in to creating a premier cigar lounge. I haven’t seen anything like it before.

And for those of you who plan to invest in a CXIII Rex membership, please feel free to invite me as your occasional guest. I’ll even throw in a few cigars.

Patrick A

photo credit: Stogie Guys

Drew Estate

20 Responses to “Stogie News: Premier Cigar Lounge to Open in Alexandria”

  1. TatuajeFan2010 Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    Sounds FANTASTIC. I will look into this.

    And you're right, by the way, about the food at Landini Brothers. Love it.

  2. Steve Ashby Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    I hope you get a free membership so your old man can go and enjoy this establishment

  3. Cantankerous Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9:45 am #

    Sounds awesome, to say the least. I know what I’ll do if I find an extra $5,000 in my pocket.

  4. NetworkCacher Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    I wonder if a few of thos Rocky Patel private blends will leak out? Even for Old Town this will be a pretty swanky place to light up.

  5. Aromadoo Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Sounds like they’re taking the idea of a cigar lounge to a new level…

  6. cj Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm #

    wow, $1,000,000 bucks! wow!

  7. Dave in Ashburn Friday, January 22, 2010 at 10:20 am #

    “all-female wait staff?” Stay classy Hoot…er, I mean CXIII Rex 😀

  8. BubbaGene Friday, January 22, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Sounds like a great place. I wonder what else the membership fee and additional $100/month gets you besides entrance and a great place to relax, light up, and enjoy the wait staff.

  9. keith Friday, January 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Or maybe even more than $1m – depending on whether it’s 200 slots or 360 slots (hard to tell from the way it’s written, frankly). And you also have to pay $100 a month on top of that. That’s at least another quarter of a mil in annual cash flow. Plus drinks, etc.
    Not a bad little gold mine if it works.

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  12. chaim Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm #

    please add me to the email list chaimlm@gmail.com

    Thanks

  13. Frank The Bodyguard Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 1:57 am #

    I'm a cigar broker in Columbus Ohio, I grew up in Arlington,VA I would like to discuss your member ship and possibly using my contacts for your clients to obtain fine cigars that I rep. thank you

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  14. Jim Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    It is my understanding that the $100 per month is actually a “minimum” which is quite different than an additional fee per month. Spending $100 for food, drink and cigars in a really great cigar club will neither be a hardship nor be unexpected.

  15. Ryan Friday, October 22, 2010 at 10:49 am #

    Hello,

    Please add me to the email distribution. Thanks.

    Ryan

  16. Jim Hooley Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    The favorable and quite accurate review above fails to explain, as all descriptions of the club I have read also fail to do, that the $100 monthly is a MINIMUM — it counts against your monthly spending. This was confirmed to me by Franco Landini personally. So, who would not spend $100 in a month on food, drinks, and maybe cigars in such a beautiful club?

  17. Robert Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Please add me to distribution.

    Thanks

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