Last week, WCVB reported that the city licensing board approved for the new Trader Joe’s in Back Bay to sell alcohol. The new location is slated for 500 Boylston street, and will be over 16,000 square feet. So, Two-Buck Chuck could be sold at this new Boston Trader Joe’s.

Charles Shaw is the winemaker behind the infamous Two-Buck Chuck wine. The wine is made from organic California grapes in the Napa area. Their red blends started hitting shelves at Trader Joe’s back in 2002.

The wine became widely popular in the select stores where their bottles were available due to its attractive price point: $1.99 per bottle. In turn, the “Two-Buck Chuck” nickname was created and often displayed on the in-store chalkboards this grocery chain is known for. Shoppers still seek out Trader Joe’s locations that still carry this wine. In fact, oftentimes people buy multiple bottles per trip. The incredibly low cost is part of the reason, but the wine is also popular based on its taste and the fact that it pairs well with different types of food.

What Exactly Is Two Buck Chuck?

Trader Joe’s does have it featured on their website and describes this classic as, “Officially the big wine on campus, Shaw Red Blend made with Organic Grapes is delectably jammy and fruit-forward—a dependably delicious overachiever.”

Depending upon location, there are a small variety of Two Buck Chuck blends. In the past, there have been three different white wines, a Zinfandel, and four red options. This includes one of the most recognizable bottles, their “Red Wine Blend.”

Seven Trader Joe’s locations are in the greater Boston area (including Cambridge and Somerville). The new Boylston Street spot will be close to the tiny underground Boylston Street store. However, this new Boston spot is now approved to sell the highly anticipated Two Buck Chuck.

3 Boston Area Cigar Bars You Need To Know About

In a market overview report by Straits Research, it was reported that the cigar industry is projected to reach $114,355.50 million by 2030, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 11.90% during the forecast period (2022-2030). Currently, there are dozens of locations in the greater Boston area where you can go to purchase an authentic cigar. We have compiled a list of Boston area cigar bars you need to know about.

As the weather turns warmer, people tend to get out more and seek locations that offer a lounge-style atmosphere. A local cigar bar can serve as a destination gathering or as your nightcap spot to wind down. Holt’s Clubhouse describes the setting as, “The best cigar bars are outfitted with a powerful air purification system, meaning your spouse or non-cigar-smoking friends won’t mind hanging out with you while you smoke. This is the ultimate environment to enjoy a cigar.”

Furthermore, it is not uncommon to find cigar bars offering more than their smokes. Whether it’s a dining experience or entertainment, there’s reason to stay at the establishment longer than the duration of a smoke.

Do Your Cigar Homework

Though many local cigar bars welcome a walk-in experience, it is best to know in advance what you are getting yourself into. With regulations, as you can imagine, there are restrictions to blowing smoke in a public space. In addition, Holt’s Clubhouse also has a great list of etiquette to be aware of. This includes how to cut your cigar, how to control your mouth, and a few other common courtesies.

Where To Go

We considered a few key attributes to compile our list of Boston area cigar bars you need to know about. We reviewed location, what the bar offers, and how it differentiates from others in the region.

  • Boston Cigar Club - Charlestown

    The Boston Cigar Club is the only place in Boston where you can eat a steak, smoke your favorite cigar and drink top-shelf whiskey,” they explain. Though not required to be a customer, this cigar paradise also offers a membership opportunity that enables you to have access to private events, exclusive seating, and your own private cedar locker. Their cigar menu has eight different categories and close to 100 options. Their menu includes a hookah option. Overall, this has the total look and cave feel of exactly what you would want and expect in a prestigious cigar bar experience.



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  • Stanza Dei Sigari - Boston

    Located at 299 Hanover Street, Stanzi Dei Sigari has an ideal location. It was once a 1920’s speakeasy and is right around the corner from the Paul Revere House, a stone’s throw from Faneuil Hall, and an array of delicious North End food. It’s open seven days a week, with an additional room open Thursday through Saturday. They have a fully stacked bar and, in terms of smoke – are exclusive to cigars only. Finally, Stanzi Dei Sigari allows you to bring your cigars but charges a $15 cutting fee. Discounted cigar boxes are sold onsite at a discounted rate.

  • Cigar and Lounge - Watertown

    This experience is all about relaxation. Cigar and Lounge in Watertown has free WiFi and extends an invitation to come in an unwind. They have over 50 different cigars onsite. This establishment opened in 2012 and was started by two friends who were cigar enthusiasts. The “lounge” area has TVs to watch sports via their cigar club LCA affiliation (limited cigar association) and mailing list they have unique and limited-style products like the chocolate cream donut cigar.


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