Orland Park - Belicoso Cigar Lounge

Mennald

Young Ape
This is one of my favorite places to hang out and smoke with friends. Comfortable and friendly environment. Very large humidor with an impressive selection of smokes. I wouldn't fill my cabinet with boxes purchased from here, I buy mostly online. Although they do run some nice sales occasionally.
 

MaduroJim

Newbie in the jungle
Sorry to come to the thread late...but we've just decided to move to Orland...

Is Belicoso just a cigar store that has a smoking area, or is it also a membership club?

Thanks in advance...
 

bosipipes

Newbie in the jungle
Sorry to come to the thread late...but we've just decided to move to Orland...

Is Belicoso just a cigar store that has a smoking area, or is it also a membership club?

Thanks in advance...
Yes it has a smoking lounge, Last time I was there, I don't know of any membership club.
 

icehog3

Admiral Douche Bag
Sorry to come to the thread late...but we've just decided to move to Orland...

Is Belicoso just a cigar store that has a smoking area, or is it also a membership club?

Thanks in advance...
I believe knowing Than (tchariya) is the only membership you will need. ;)
 

tchariya

Taters of the Lost Ark
I believe knowing Than (tchariya) is the only membership you will need. ;)
hehehe not at Belicoso...

But at Bull and Bear in Naperville there is no membership fee...but be kind to the store owners and buy something before cracking out your travel humi to smoke your collection!

It (Belicosos) looks like a very nice place, but the uppity attitude seems to gush from the seams; or as the people that go there to visit tell me. Then again, I only hear this second hand. It is a major drive for me to go there and experience it on my own.

I can't really comment.
 

icehog3

Admiral Douche Bag
hehehe not at Belicoso...

But at Bull and Bear in Naperville there is no membership fee...but be kind to the store owners and buy something before cracking out your travel humi to smoke your collection!

It (Belicosos) looks like a very nice place, but the uppity attitude seems to gush from the seams; or as the people that go there to visit tell me. Then again, I only hear this second hand. It is a major drive for me to go there and experience it on my own.

I can't really comment.
My bad, Than, I obviously was thinking of Bull and Bear. ;)
 

MaduroJim

Newbie in the jungle
Thanks for the responses!

With the changes in the smoking laws, it seems some of the tobacco stores are starting membership clubs - at the Oak Brook Tobacco Company in the Oak Brook Shopping center, they've opened Club Fumare in the basement. When I checked about 5 months ago, they were asking $600/year, but then again, you don't get the dirty look when you whip out the travel humidor. :)

Than, I do have to agree, the unfortunate downside of the reduced number of places to enjoy a cigar is that it is hard to find a place where guys just enjoy a smoke and don't try to impress one another...I do find if you let them get that off their chest, they aren't all bad.

I remember taking a cruise once on the RSSC Mariner and I went to the smoking lounge one day - there were 2 guys there, a retired Colonel, and a retired gentleman from Louisiana who had built his own business selling supplies for opening old oil wells. At first there was the necessary trip to that little Mexican town of Macho Bravado, but after we got that out of the way, they were great guys. We ended up having a daily 2pm session to smoke and solve all the problems of the world. And the Colonel had some great stories about Westmoreland...
 

CHRONO14

Mid 20's Gorilla
Than, I do have to agree, the unfortunate downside of the reduced number of places to enjoy a cigar is that it is hard to find a place where guys just enjoy a smoke and don't try to impress one another...I do find if you let them get that off their chest, they aren't all bad.

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I was under the impression that it is standard man practice to shake the trees, slap the ground, and pound ones chest to assert manliness and coolness, kind of like a primal hand shake. :r I actually love belicoso. It's got good selection, alright prices for a B&M and is comfortable (I do wish their lounge was bigger though). I don't think I've ever noticed anyone really trying to impress anyone there. However, when I go I'm with a group of friends and don't pay much attention to anything else. In fact I'll be up there Friday sometime late afternoon.
 
It's a nice shop, with a wide range of cigars. They get alot of the rare stuff too. I've never felt that they were 'uppity' especially in their Frankfort store, Tobacco House. But i'll admit I don't spend too much time in the Bellicoso, mainly when they have weekend cigar reps. I met Rocky Patel there last time he came by. The free soda and espresso is a nice touch, and makes their slightly higher prices worth it if you are gonna smoke in the store. But, personally, I refuse to shop in Cook County as much as possible, so usually buy locally from Bull and Bear, Tobacco House, or a small shop up north (name escapes me).

I hate to bring this up but, take a good look at your cigars before buying. I noticed some (very few) issues at Tobacco House, and they move stock back and forth to the Bellicoso. Since I burn my B&M stuff right away and only store online purchases, I don't have to worry about infecting my other sticks.
 
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