Historic Industrial Ybor City Wedding Venue | J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

J.C. Newman Cigar Co.

Ybor City – J.C. Newman’s El Reloj Factory dates back to 1910 and boasts original architectural features updated with modern amenities. As the oldest family-owned premium cigar maker, this historic venue pays homage to Tampa’s reputation as the “Cigar City.”

The newly renovated venue offers three separate floors of event space, each with a distinct style to create a stunning backdrop for any special event, including wood floors, brick walls, and lots of natural light.


Rentals are affordably priced between $3,000-$5,000 depending on the event day and time and include banquet tables, cocktail tables, and black modern chairs, as well as audiovisual equipment, and on-site parking with security.

The main event space on the second floor can seat up to 110 guests with a dance floor and DJ or around 220 cocktail style. Our hand-rolling factory, on the third floor, serves as a beautiful ceremony space, and the first-floor museum and factory store serves as a great transition space for cocktails between ceremony and reception.

Couples can enhance their event experience with cigar rollers or access to the 1st-floor museum and factory store or 3rd-floor lounge and hand-rolling factory for only $500 additional each.

For use of the main event space exclusively, the rental fee is $4,500. You can add the two additional spaces for $500/each for a total of $5,500.

This rental fee includes the following:

  • 12 – 60” round banquet tables
  • 120 – Black chairs
  • 12 – Cocktail height tables
  • 5 – Tobacco cart bars
  • A/V equipment
  • Private parking and security guards
  • Facility manager

Special Offer for Marry Me Tampa Bay Readers:

Free box of custom imprinted cigars

Karissa DiPillo | J.C. Newman Event Coordinator Headshot

Meet Karissa

Karissa DiPillo is event and community partnership coordinator at J.C. Newman Cigar Co. She attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania. Previous to this job she was an event coordinator at a firm in Philadelphia and also an event coordinator at a venue in Atlantic City NJ. What she loves about the event spaces here at JCN, they are unique to Ybor City, as there is no place like it. You get that industrial look with a little modern touch, best of both worlds. You don’t need much decor in the spaces, a little goes a long way. Her favorite part about this job is the first step of showing the couples the spaces and helping them imagine what their wedding or event could look like, and how they could customize it to make it their own.


J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Reviews from Marry Me Tampa Bay Couples:

Marry Me Tampa Bay curates the below reviews from real couples whom we've personally interviewed. As Tampa Bay's most trusted wedding planning resource, these reviews are 100% accurate and aren't created by fake accounts.

Vintage Inspired Tampa Bay Wedding Ceremony Decor, Simplisitic Brick Exposed Industrial venue, Metal Black Chairs, decorated with Candles, White Rose Petals, and Greenery, Ivy and Vines Wrapped Around Staircase | Unique Florida Wedding Venue J.C. Newman Cigar Co. in Ybor City

We were looking for something that was a little different than most weddings. We wanted a space that would not be too big for the number of guests we were having, and we wanted it all at one spot.

There were many many reasons why we chose J.C. Newman Cigar Co. We chose the venue. not only for the uniqueness and how amazing the venue space is but also because it reminds us of old Tampa. My husband's mother's family used to be in the cigar business. I walked in and knew instantly this is where I want the wedding to be. Their service was amazing; the whole staff was fun to work with. I can go on and on how great it was to have the wedding there and how helpful they all were.

-Callie and Sam
Cocktail Style Wedding Reception | Industrial Tampa Wedding Venue J.C. Newman Cigar Factory

Romantic White and Green Industrial Ybor City Wedding | J.C. Newman Cigar Co

I wanted a blank slate with some character. Quinn really wanted everything indoors due to the Florida weather. We also were looking for a place where we could have everything all in one place: ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. 

We were originally supposed to be married back in June 2020 at a different location but we had to postpone and then our venue closed down. My sister works for JC Newman and told us they were having weddings there. We went and saw all of their new renovations and fell in love. It incorporated the industrial feel with historic Old Tampa. We could not have asked for a better venue. Everyone was very responsive and helpful. The day ran smoothly because of their knowledge of the venue and how to work with vendors. 

-Courtney and Quinn