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MICHAEL & SHANNON MARINO

Mike became interested in cigars while planning for a long overdue vacation to the Caribbean. Mike and Shannon hadn’t had a proper vacation without their five girls for 20 years! They both enjoyed the sun, beach and cigars immensely. Upon returning home, they set about looking for places to enjoy their new hobby. They were disappointed to discover that, due to restrictive smoking laws, there were very few places in the entire area where one could buy a cigar and a drink and drink and smoke them in the same establishment.

Having recently sold his successful family business established in 1946, Mike was ready for a new career.

He saw that the area might greatly enjoy a comfortable, relaxed lounge where men and women could enjoy a wide variety of cigars and rare liquors. When Shannon and he started visiting the Havana Cigar Room, they could see its potential. Mike contacted the owner at the time, April Nickles, and soon a deal was made. Havana Cigar Room became Santino’s Cigars & Cocktails in June 2016!

Besides giving the place a facelift and providing lots of comfortable seating, a state-of-the-art humidor was installed to perfectly climatize all those new and established cigar products, including a separate humidor for flavored cigars. Four industrial quality ventilation units (the same ones used in hospitals and casinos) were installed to keep the air quality in the rest of the place perfect as well. Non-smoking customers have even remarked how pleasant it is!

Now Mike and Shannon are thrilled to offer you Santino’s Cigars & Cocktails! Where aficionados and novices can enjoy the area’s only full service bar and cigar lounge offering outstanding cigars, unique accessories and the most sought-after bourbons, scotches and craft beers all served by friendly, experienced bartenders!

  • Cigars

  • scotch

  • bourbon

A True Top Shelf Experience Unwind In The Only Place Around Where You Can Buy a Cigar and Drink in the Same Establishment!

First time at Santinos. I'm new to Arnold and am definitely coming back. First experience with Kirsten Burr!!! She was great! Showed us through the humidor and very welcoming. Love the a ambiance. Perfect place to to relax with friends.

Agi Van Wetering

Love this place! Mike, Shannon and Kirsten are so friendly and welcoming! I live 45 minutes away and this is still a regular spot for me and will continue to be.

Keith Rogers

My wife just brought me here for my birthday. I met the owner and his wife and their hospitality was top notch. Their Scotch and Bourbon selection is second to none. This will definitely be my new hangout and it should be your’s too.

Rob Funke

Certainly a warm and friendly atmosphere. My wife and I were made to feel right at home. Other than the great selection of spirits and cigars, their attention to detail is second to none. We'll definitely be back.

Bruce Bodger

I have never seen a place like this. The owners were talking amongst the guests like they were all long time friends. Not only were they extremely personable, but they knew their beer and cigars EXTREMELY well! The bartender, Jen, was also incredibly friendly and took care of everybody all night. I drove from Columbia, MO and it was worth every mile. So impressed.

Katy Goins

Very cool place, great vibe! Top notch Cigars,Bourbon N Scotch selections! Great service too!

Nick Spink

Fantastic hidden gem in Arnold. The bourbon selection here will blow you away.

Tim Lathum

This place is definitely a hidden gem, and a lucky find while I was in town. The humidor was stellar and the cigar selection could rival any "Big City" lounge. Plus the bourbon selection left me speechless with the wide variety of top-notch selections. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the service was impeccable (Thanks Heather!). Thank you Mike for creating a wonderful oasis for my frequent trips back to town.

JeRome L. Cooper

Great atmosphere, good people, well ventilated can't ask for much more.

Jake Tyler

Santino's is wonderful. I was greeted by the owner and a woman I didn't get her name. She was helpful and answered all my questions. I was impressed by the assortment of cigars they had available. I came in to purchase a gift and I can't wait to come back and have a drink and a cigar in their bar area. Thank you for bringing such a unique establishment to the area!!!

Stacie Kneip Brooks

Fantastic place to have some great cigars in good company! Also had a great selection of scotch and a very knowledgeable staff. Had an amazing time and learned a lot about the large selection of sticks available here. Can't wait to go back! Thanks for a great time!!

Malachi Joseph

Such an awesome place to relax. Great drink & cigar selection and the staff & patrons were beyond a good time. I will be going back!!

Stacy Covington

Stopped in yesterday to pick up some sticks. Stuck around for some good conversation with a couple of good guys. Enjoying a Santino's Arruffato on my deck tonight. Thanks for the hook up, Mike!

Wes Blair

Wow! Very high quality cigars and crazy choices of the best bourbon and scotch that I've seen anywhere in St. Louis. This place will definitely put Jefferson County on the map.

Cris Meyer

Can't not love this place! It's got noteworthy style, flare and comfort, all in one place. Their Espresso cigars are something to brag about!

Charli Craven

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