I stopped in on a Sunday, and even though the Broncos weren't playing, there were other football games on as well as The Waterboy, that Adam Sandler football flick from the ’90s. Our female bartender was rocking a Looney Tunes ensemble and keeping the strong drinks coming while helping those who wanted to smoke cigars or hookahs.
We joined a few guys drinking and smoking hookahs in the small but nicely appointed bar filled with plush lounge chairs, leather booths, small tables and a long high-top bar. Behind us, a walk-in cigar humidor enclosed in glass displayed a wide selection of cigars.
Customers sipped bottled beers and mixed drinks in cocktail glasses and red solo cups. Some preppy-looking guys in the lounge seats smoked cigars, and a few guys in jerseys and hoodies sat next to us at the bar. The room was dark, but with a hint of black light that made my light-colored nail polish glow a bit, but that didn't make it feel too clubby — just more like a house party trying to be a little fancy. But unlike some hookah bars that allow customers between the ages of 18 and 21, Flavor of Havana is definitely an adult hangout.
Jay McKnight has owned the bar for eight years; he and manager Evelyn Garcia keep the humidor well stocked and provide a wide variety of spirits at the bar for all tastes. Even before McKnight took over, smoking was a draw, as the previous establishment was called Smoker's Paradise.
Indoor smoking may be a rarity these days, but in every other way, Flavor of Havana is a typical neighborhood bar — friendly, welcoming and inexpensive. The hours are noon to 2 a.m. every day but Sunday, when the doors open at 10 a.m. during football games and 2 p.m. the rest of the year. Visit the bar's website for a list of hookah and cigar brands.