Historic building with Sanchez & Haya written on the ide in historic Tampa district


Apr 13 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cigar City: How it All Started

Hosted at Hotel Haya - Flor Fina Lounge

On April 13, 1886, the newly opened Sanchez y Haya cigar company on 7th Avenue became the first place in Ybor City to roll a cigar. Soon after, we earned our nickname: Cigar City. We’re proud to pay homage to Ignacio Haya, carrying the spirit of the founding fathers and cigar artisans who came here to establish Ybor City. Join Hotel Haya and Tampa’s last cigar manufacturer, J.C. Newman Cigar Co. as they team up to celebrate 135 years by showcasing the craft.

Life’s smallest pleasures are better when paired up — especially premium spirits and high-quality cigars. From 5-7pm, indulge in a complimentary welcome cocktail, watch a cigar rolling demo in the Flor Fina lounge, and then enjoy a cigar in the pool courtyard. Simply show your reservation to the bartender to redeem your cocktail.

For the cigar connoisseur, we’re offering an exclusive hands-on experience from 7-9pm. Learn how to roll your very own cigars in an intimate setting with J.C. Newman’s master roller, Luis Gonzalez. Your ticket includes five hand-rolled cigars with hands-on instruction, the opportunity to learn more about the history of Tampa’s cigar industry, lite bites, and welcome cocktail. $35/person.