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Address: Main Street | San Nicolas, San Nicolas, Aruba
Phone Number: (297) 584-5086
Activities: Dining
Description: This popular bar, which is located in the ghost town of San Nicolas...
This popular bar, which is located in the ghost town of San Nicolas, features a unique decorative touch: hundreds of artifacts hang from the ceiling, high above the heads of the patrons.
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We stopped in for drinks before the Carubbean festival in San Nicholas. We enjoyed our drinks and the staff, including Charlie. Didn't have food because we were grabbing it from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Denver, CO
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Denver, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We stopped in for drinks before the Carubbean festival in San Nicholas. We enjoyed our drinks and the staff, including Charlie. Didn't have food because we were grabbing it from the street vendors. It is a bit shady for location and there isn't much in the downtown area. But we found the drinks good and the staff interesting and enjoyed... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We stopped at Charlie's in San Nicholas after a trip to Baby Beach. We had been reading "An Island Away" and one of the places mentioned frequently was Charlie's Bar. We looked around, talked to people and had some ice cold Balashi and fried calamari. The calamari was GREAT! We met Herr Koch from the book and he was a... More 

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New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Went to Charkues in late afternoon with a group....beer was nice and cold, decor more than a wee bit interesting, locals around bar also interesting. The bartenders were friendly and very informative about historical aspects of this part of Aruba. I would definitely go back again and tell others to have the experience, however I do not think it would... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Open from 11:30-19:00. A place used to be a former meeting place for all kind of people. Inside you see relics of the whole world. Nice beer en there speciality shrimps... You should tray it ....

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Cape Cod
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit if you're not squeamish and you enjoy exploring places that are off-the-beaten-path. Charlie's is packed with character and the staff is very friendly and accommodating. There isn't a section of wall or ceiling that doesn't have something to look at. Food is average and prices are high. Also note that the bar is in a sketchy location.... More 

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Gardiner, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We stopped in for an early afternoon drink - loved the décor and chatting with the owner and bartender. Not sure I'd want to go back at night as it's in a pretty rough area. We were approached by someone as we went to our car. Someone with "Security" on his shirt attempted to intervene, but as he started to... More 

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Purcellville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Good prices and service on the main drag of San Nicholas, it is a very popular tourist stop. Good luck getting seats during a festival. The drinks are generous and my friend loves the rum special. Crazy décor, you will not run out of things to look at!

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New Milton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It's in the less touristy area of Aruba and some may say to avoid, but we went here during a Carribean festival. The place has so much stuff in it to keep you busy! So much stuff hanging around, pictures and statements! Staff are great as are the food and drinks. There was a reggae band playing outside when we... More 

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plains
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Heard about this place so we had to try it. A few people ordered the steak sandwich but they were all filled with huge chunks of fat! Two people ordered marinated shrimp which tasted too soggy like they were soaking in the marinade all day. Beer was ice cold and bread basket was tasty otherwise we will not return to... More 

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10 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Not really sure what to say on this place. It's a quirky little bar in San Nicolas with lots of items, license plates, etc. hanging in/from the ceiling. The food is very expensive and so are the beers. Not that the food is bad, but $28.00 for a bowl of some type of seafood chowder ????? Also had the shrimp... More 

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Address: Main Street | San Nicolas, San Nicolas, Aruba
Phone Number: (297) 584-5086
Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  San Nicolas

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