Our History

 
 

The early 2000s were a tough time for Phoenician cigar and cocktail aficionados. You had to choose what to indulge in: enjoy a cigar in a smoke shop or a cocktail at a bar. Our mission was simple: create the premier location to enjoy cigars while imbibing in your drink of choice.

We started out conservatively, setting up a small bar in the corner of our smoke shop in 2005. Our theory was quickly proven right as patrons flocked to the newfound cornerstone of the cigar and cocktail culture in Phoenix. In 2006, when Arizona voters passed the smoking ban, our mission faced a grim future. We decided to fight the change because over 50.1% of our sales were tobacco sales. We lost the initial battle in Maricopa County Superior Court, but we were able to succeed with the Arizona Court of Appeals. The Arizona Supreme Court later upheld that appeal and, after two years of battling the legal system, we were back on track to seeing our mission fulfilled. Our contributions paved the way for other cigar bars that followed suit throughout the Phoenix area.

Today, we have a large bar with expert bartenders who can guide you through your whiskey, cocktail, or beer experience, as well as a 450 square-foot-humidor with a 1,000+ cigar selection, a large retail liquor selection, and a private lounge exclusively for members.




Our Team

Mike Stoltz Retail Manager 

Mike loves the Finer Things in life like smoking cigars, sipping whiskey and enjoying a nice craft beer. Working at Magnum’s allows him to learn more and more about the subjects he loves,  and allows him to pass that knowledge and passion on to his guests. 

His favorite whiskies include the Glenfiddich 21yr Cuban rum finish, George T Stagg, Whistle Pig 12yr, and his favorite cigar is the Arturo Fuente Opus X Petite Lancero.


Clinton Noethlich Bartender

Clinton loves bartending because from the very first time he poured liquor over ice, it did something for his soul and he has been chasing that dragon ever since. He loves it because it allows him to be an artist in a non-permanent medium, which is precious to him.

His favorite whiskey is a two-way tie between Bruichladdich Black Art 1990, and William Larue Weller. Very dissimilar choices but he can't choose between them!

His favorite cigar is the My Father La Opulencia: It is a perfect anytime smoke.


Charlie Waltrip Bar Manager

Charlie is a local Arizona boy with a driving passion for all beverages. His first job was in the coffee industry when he was 15 and he hasn’t looked back from there. He landed his first bartending gig at the Casablanca lounge when he was 22 and has been working at Magnums for 3 years now. He is always working to increase his beer, wine and spirits knowledge as well as his execution of crafting cocktails. He believes that there is a beverage for every situation and he loves the pursuit of the perfect pair. He aspires to dive further into the world of flavors, and he hopes to bring his wonderful finds to all those who seek them.   His favorite whiskies are Springbank 21 Year and Eagle Rare 17, and he loves to puff on a My Father Flor De Las Antillas or an Oliva V Melanio.


Josh Perrin, Bartender

Josh is a bartender/world traveler (among many things) that began his career with an interest in wine.  His pursuit of wine knowledge created a growing a passion that inspired him to get his Level 2 Sommelier Certification. He also loves traditional classic cocktails and modern cocktail creativity with whiskey as his favorite spirit. He has spent the last 6 years perfecting his craft with many eclectic people, and has learned from and contributed to every establishment he has worked for.  His favorite whiskey is the Bruichladdich Black Art, and his favorite cigar is the La Flor Dominicana TCFKA “M.” 


Shannon Horton General Manager

Shannon has been a whiskey enthusiast since she stumbled upon the Four Roses Distillery in Kentucky en route to Mammoth Caves.  She fell in love with cigars at the first draw of her first cigar while she was working at her first cigar bar in Connecticut.  Essentially, she is a woman of many vices, and in order to enjoy her vices, she decided to make a living at it!  She is honored and humbled to work at the original cigar bar of Phoenix, and loves not only her amazing team, but her wonderful clientele too.  You will often find her enjoying a glass of Whistlepig and smoking a Nicaraguan puro (after her shift of course!), contemplating what she did to deserve her awesome job! 

Our Community

 
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We take pride in our local community. We, along with other select bars and liquor stores in Arizona, partner with the Arizona Bourbon Society. A group of like-minded whiskey lovers. We release exclusive bottles that are hand-selected by us along with members of the community.

We also host an array of events to engage with our community. We frequently host bottle release parties, tastings, and special events such as cocktail contests and holiday parties. To stay up to date on our newest events, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

 

 
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