Angry Moon Cigars is a dream destination for cigar lovers and spirits enthusiasts of all kinds. As one of only a handful of Zino Platinum Lounges in the United States, it provides a luxurious and beautifully appointed cigar lounge and bar. Discerning customers can enjoy fine cigars, sip rare aged spirits, sample handcrafted cocktails and appreciate the exceptional service of the dedicated staff.
The lounge makes excellent use of the three most important aspects of real estate: Location, location, location. Situated in a fashionable shopping, dining and business plaza, the lounge overlooks the exclusive Soverel Harbour Marina in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, about an hour north of Miami. The address of 2401 PGA Blvd., #188, hints at one of the area’s major offerings: golf. The nearby area boasts nearly 50 golf courses, including the five exquisite courses at the PGA National Resort and Spa, home of the Honda Classic, a PGA Tour tournament event.
Palm Beach County is one of the most important golf destinations in the U.S., and cigars and golf go hand-in-hand almost as well as cigars and spirits. But if golf isn’t your pastime of choice, perhaps you’d prefer to do some boating. With dozens of harbors and marinas nearby, beginners and experienced sailors alike can take boating lessons, hire a charter, rent a boat, or dock their own yacht in the luxurious and comfortable surroundings of South Florida. Or maybe you just enjoy shopping, dining, and nightlife, beautiful beaches and warm coastal breezes, all of which you will find in abundance. The choices are endless, and Palm Beach County has it all.
Fulfilling a Dream
Edmund “Eddie” Prusis co-owns Angry Moon Cigars with his two brothers, Armand and Zigmund. The exquisite bar and lounge is not the first venture into cigar retailing for the trio. Their first effort was a strictly retail cigar shop, but many of their customers expressed the desire to enjoy their cigars in a proper cigar lounge setting. With this in mind, the brothers opened the second iteration of their vision, a full-service cigar shop with a comfortable lounge and beautiful décor, though it was lacking a full bar.
After some time, it became obvious that to truly fulfill their dream of creating the ideal cigar lounge destination, they would have to provide a proper bar with a full selection of spirits. They found the spectacular location adjacent to the marina in Soverel Harbour, and began building Angry Moon.
Opening in 2006, Angry Moon quickly became a hot spot for locals, as well as for many so-called “snow birds” who spend winter in the area. As one of a select group of retailers designated as Davidoff Appointed Merchants, Angry Moon caters to the sophisticated clientele and affluent visitors of Palm Beach County.
Superb Cigar Selection
A short walk through the entry way and past the bar takes customers to the massive walk-in humidor, stocked floor to ceiling with boxes of cigars. As a Davidoff Appointed Merchant, Angry Moon offers the full family of cigars from the Davidoff Group, including Davidoff, Zino, Avo, The Griffins, Camacho, and several others; the Davidoff brand takes up nearly one full wall in the humidor.
Additionally, the lounge offers a large selection of cigars from Padrón, Fuente, Ashton, Diamond Crown, and dozens of other brands at a range of prices. With such a large humidor, and with hundreds of cigars to choose from, there is certainly something for every taste.
A selection of fine cigar accessories is available in glass-lined display cases off the main foyer. Featured items include cutters, lighters, ashtrays, humidors and cigar holders, many from the Davidoff family of brands. The lounge does not offer memberships, but it easily maintains its elite, club-like atmosphere with premium offerings, in an exclusive locality. Private lockers are available inside the humidor, though the waiting list is substantial.
One of the unique offerings at Angry Moon is the custom-blended private-label Zino Platinum Angry Moon Cigar, available only at the lounge. Angry Moon has had a solid history in association with Zino Platinum. In 2012, the lounge hosted the launch party for the Zino Platinum Z-Class line of premium cigars, the first new series from the brand in eight years. They are also the recipients of a prestigious Davidoff Golden Band award for exceptional retailers in 2013.
Taking Spirits Seriously
For the Prusis brothers, premium cigars are nearly inseparable from fine spirits. Leaving the humidor, customers get a full view of the bar, including one of the largest selections of single malts in Palm Beach County. Boasting more than 150 different Scotches and other malts ranging from 10 years to 30 years and beyond, the whisky collection is impressive.
Angry Moon offers more than two dozen bourbons, a range of fine Irish whiskeys, plus multiple Cognacs including Hennessy, Courvoisier, Camus, Martell, and Rémy Martin, including the ultra-exclusive Louis XIII de Rémy Martin. A selection of fine rums, vodkas, tequilas, gins, liqueurs, and mixers round out the bar selection. The highly-skilled bartenders have all the necessary ingredients to create nearly any cocktail you can imagine.
But cocktails aren’t enough for the Prusis brothers. A closer look reveals an impressive selection of wine as well, offering their discriminating patrons hundreds of bottles to choose from, in a number of varietals and notable vintages.
In addition to being a Zino Platinum Lounge and a Davidoff Appointed Merchant, Angry Moon is an officially-designated Ardbeg Embassy bar. As such, it carries the full line of Ardbeg Islay single malt scotches, and is among the first locations to receive any new release from the brand. It regularly hosts tasting events for Ardbeg and other fine whiskeys and spirits, including brands like Dalmore, Auchentoshan, Yamazaki, Highland Park, Camus, and many others.
The Place to Decompress
The lounge itself includes roughly 1,600 square feet of indoor space, with plush leather chairs, beautiful wood paneling, and handsome artwork throughout. There are also a number of high-top cocktail tables near the bar, where guests can enjoy a drink and a cigar.
Numerous ceiling fans and an advanced ventilation system keep the air moving, but the mild winters in Palm Beach County see most of their high-season customers in their comfortable outdoor covered seating area. There are multiple flat-screen TVs for viewing sporting events, but the owners report that the TVs aren’t always the center of attention at Angry Moon. That honor frequently goes to the grand piano.
Live music is an important part of the calendar at Angry Moon, which features local musicians and national touring acts on a regular basis. The weekly jazz night is always a big draw, as is piano man John Allegue, who performs regularly at the lounge. One of the most notable musicians to ever appear at Angry Moon was Palm Beach regular, the “Big Man” himself, Clarence Clemons, saxophonist of the E Street Band. His last appearance at Angry Moon was in April 2011, just two months before his death.
Angry Moon is a dream come true for many lovers of premium cigars and fine spirits. The lounge is open to the public, with no membership fees or admission charges. It caters to a sophisticated clientele, offering premium selections of cigars, spirits and wine, with lush seating and sumptuous décor in a stunning waterside setting.
Getting Better and Giving Back
To the Prusis brothers, there is always room for improvement. In addition to regularly offering new cigars, rare special edition spirits and exclusive tasting events, the lounge will soon offer a full café menu. The food will be prepared and delivered by the restaurant being built by the Prusis brothers in a neighboring property.
The owners of Angry Moon are consummate entrepreneurs, who also believe in giving back to the community. Angry Moon Cigars supports a number of local charities, including Clarence Clemons’ favorite charity Safe Home of South Florida. Additionally, the lounge hosts an annual holiday toy drive benefiting the Kids Cancer Foundation, bringing holiday joy to young cancer patients and their families.
Angry Moon Cigars is a jewel in the crown of Palm Beach County. It’s a lounge that fulfills the fondest wishes of cigar lovers, and offers a spirits selection to rival the finest bars from New York to L.A. The cigar selection is worthy of the great Zino Davidoff himself. And it’s all delivered in a plush, luxurious, and comfortable setting.
The private club atmosphere belies the open-door philosophy, and the gracious owners always welcome locals, regulars, and visitors alike. So the next time you’re anywhere near South Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens, be sure to stop in, pick out a great cigar and kick-back at this first-rate lounge.
Angry Moon Cigars
2401 PGA Blvd., #188
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla 33410