It may have opened in '96, but step inside and you're back in Ybor's heyday.. The Scene Paying tribute to old-school Tampa sensibilities, King Corona harks back to the days when Ybor was a bustling cigar capital and social clubs thrived. More than just hawking cigars, it functions as a cigar shop, social club, coffee shop-bar and barber shop, all rolled into one convenient (albeit unconventional) package.
The Goods Dark-wood paneling, deep-burgundy accents, overstuffed, comfy chairs--King Corona achieves sophistication without sacrificing a homey atmosphere. Grab a glass of port and listen to the sounds of Ceila Cruz and savor your smoke in the social club. A large humidor stretches down the length of one wall. Behind the plate-glass is a staggering array of stogies--more than 100 brands. Find that elusive Fuente Fuente Opus X, or sample a Light of Ybor specialty cigar. Impulse buyers beware: Exquisite lighters, elegant cases and fancy cutters are hard to resist.