The Smoke and Barrel Cigar Bar and Lounge concept is brought to you by Bryan Hough, Wayne Kinley and Carmen Cocchiola. The three owners wanted to have a place where they could enjoy their hobbies of smoking cigars paired with a great bourbon whiskey. The concept of an indoor cigar smoking seating area with a sit-down bar was recognized as a need in the Mount Holly, NC area. We wanted to have a place where everyone feels comfortable and provides a unique vibe. The S&B is housed in an historic building in downtown Mount Holly, NC. The exposed brick and open ceiling provide the atmosphere each of the owners were searching for in a cozy, relaxed place.
Bryan and Wayne are originally from Mount Holly where both grew up and then moved away to pursue other interest before returning to their roots. Bryan played football at UNC – Chapel Hill and Wayne played professional baseball in the Seattle Mariner organization. Bryan is also the Mayor of Mount Holly. Carmen moved to Mount Holly from Connecticut and quickly assimilated to the area. Carmen is a gifted craftsman and financial expert. Carmen’s talents were valuable in upfitting the bar. He, along with Wayne’s son, Chris, built the bar, walk in humidor, high top tables, ventilation system and the office. The location and upfit make this bar a unique offering in the Charlotte metro area.
We look forward to meeting you soon at The Barrel!