Lit Cigar & Martini Lounge, the beacon of luxury and sophistication in Tampa, opened its doors amidst the echoes of Super Bowl fervor in February 2021, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers making NFL history on their home turf. Our journey, however, began three years prior, marked by faith, resilience, and the spirit of relentless determination.
For three long years, we grappled with an uphill battle of constant rejections. Faced with an array of challenges and roadblocks, we remained undeterred. It was our faith and steadfast resolve that carried us through those years of uncertainty. Each 'No' we encountered only bolstered our commitment to transform our vision into a reality. And after these years of tenacity, we triumphed in an 11-day sprint to secure the final approvals.
Our dedication paid off in the most adrenaline-filled way. The electricity was connected a scant 24 hours before our launch, and the liquor delivery made its entrance at 10 pm on the opening night, adding to the thrill of our initiation.
Lit Cigar & Martini Lounge rapidly became the preferred meeting place for Tampa's elite – professionals, athletes, and celebrities alike. Yet, amid the glamour and the spotlight, our commitment to our community remained unwavering. We firmly believe in giving back to the city that nurtured us, leading to the establishment of our non-profit arm, LIT GIVES BACK INC. Over the past two years, we've spearheaded and participated in 26 community giveback initiatives, making a tangible difference in our city's fabric.
Today, as we stand as Tampa's premier venue, we reflect on our journey with gratitude. The challenges we faced over those three years of faith have sculpted us, transforming every obstacle into an opportunity to grow. We are committed to continuing our legacy of excellence, providing a world-class experience to our elite clientele and steadfast support to our beloved city. The Lit Cigar & Martini Lounge is more than just a venue; it's a testament to perseverance, community spirit, and the power of enduring faith.
2022 Tampa Bay Chambers Small Business of the Year
Top 3 Finalist
Thursday 8pm - 1am
Friday 8pm - 2:45am
Saturday 8pm - 2:45am
Sunday 8pm - 1am