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Charlies, Grayslake: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Charlies Reviews: 3.5/5

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Townie Bar Wanting to be a Dive Bar
Mar 2018
Sometimes I read other reviews after I have been to a certain place and wonder if the other reviewers were lost and were actually at some other place other than where I was. Be that as it might, here are my thoughts after my first visit to Charlie's. Charlie's is a neighborhood tap maybe just a notch above similar Wisconsin beer-bars that I have been to, meaning that it's a little cleaner with more lighting and the people seemed to be nicer. The day I visited, Miller-Coors tap pints were $1.75. There was only a bartender on duty (no wait staff) so YES we did have to go up to the bar to place an order rather than sit on our dupa and have it brought to the table, but this was no problem for us being strong young chelloveks. The reason for my visit was Charlie's monthly (winter) "meat raffle". I am told that this is a tradition in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area that certain bars have been doing for years. The tickets were $1 each or 6 for $5 and are good only for the "current" round. There are 10 rounds, Each round has 4 winners. 1st - Meat 2nd - Bottle of liquor 3rd - A drink 4th - Lottery Scratch Off Ticket. If you are a meat winner, they allow you to pick whatever you would like from the selections in their cooler. The booze prizes were about half top-shelf and half well to pick from. The people selling raffle tickets were very nice and there was no pressure to buy. Prizes seemed to be won by people all over the bar rather than like at some places where only 2-3 people seemed to be doing all the winning. Overall I felt that this was fun, and would come here again just to enjoy the raffle. As previously mentioned, Charlie's does not have a kitchen but snacks such as chips and the like are available for purchase. It is OK to bring in outside food (within reason). I appreciated that there were coat hooks here and there for patron use which is needed during the dead of midwest winter when it's basically impossible to go anywhere without a coat. As with most bars in Northern Illinois, Charlie's is non-smoking but they have a small outdoor deck for nicotine addicts to puff away. The patrons at Charlie's when I visited seemed to be friendly working class folks; not the same sort of crowd that you would find at a place like The Vine, but they seem charming in their own way. Just neighborhood folks would be a good way to describe them (see photos). Overall I felt that Charlie's is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood tap with a lot of character for the person who likes a basic bar where the beer is cold and the juke box set at a volume that conversation is possible.

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Mattu B
Grayslake, IL4 contributions
Its cool
Jul 2018 • Friends
Just a quiet spot for a few drinks. Plenty of tvs for sport.. Locals and blow ins. Couple of dart boards too.
Written July 9, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

MGBrown7
Fairfield Glade, TN12 contributions
Townie Bar Wanting to be a Dive Bar
Mar 2018
Sometimes I read other reviews after I have been to a certain place and wonder if the other reviewers were lost and were actually at some other place other than where I was. Be that as it might, here are my thoughts after my first visit to Charlie's.

Charlie's is a neighborhood tap maybe just a notch above similar Wisconsin beer-bars that I have been to, meaning that it's a little cleaner with more lighting and the people seemed to be nicer. The day I visited, Miller-Coors tap pints were $1.75.

There was only a bartender on duty (no wait staff) so YES we did have to go up to the bar to place an order rather than sit on our dupa and have it brought to the table, but this was no problem for us being strong young chelloveks.

The reason for my visit was Charlie's monthly (winter) "meat raffle". I am told that this is a tradition in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area that certain bars have been doing for years. The tickets were $1 each or 6 for $5 and are good only for the "current" round. There are 10 rounds, Each round has 4 winners.

1st - Meat
2nd - Bottle of liquor
3rd - A drink
4th - Lottery Scratch Off Ticket.

If you are a meat winner, they allow you to pick whatever you would like from the selections in their cooler. The booze prizes were about half top-shelf and half well to pick from.

The people selling raffle tickets were very nice and there was no pressure to buy. Prizes seemed to be won by people all over the bar rather than like at some places where only 2-3 people seemed to be doing all the winning. Overall I felt that this was fun, and would come here again just to enjoy the raffle.

As previously mentioned, Charlie's does not have a kitchen but snacks such as chips and the like are available for purchase. It is OK to bring in outside food (within reason).

I appreciated that there were coat hooks here and there for patron use which is needed during the dead of midwest winter when it's basically impossible to go anywhere without a coat.

As with most bars in Northern Illinois, Charlie's is non-smoking but they have a small outdoor deck for nicotine addicts to puff away.

The patrons at Charlie's when I visited seemed to be friendly working class folks; not the same sort of crowd that you would find at a place like The Vine, but they seem charming in their own way. Just neighborhood folks would be a good way to describe them (see photos).

Overall I felt that Charlie's is a friendly and comfortable neighborhood tap with a lot of character for the person who likes a basic bar where the beer is cold and the juke box set at a volume that conversation is possible.
Written March 31, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

karenmcclu
Gurnee, IL116 contributions
Typical local bar
Jun 2016
Charlies is a place to go for beer and chips, and to encounter the colorful local residents. The place is pleasant, especially the garden which is kept up well. They allow smoking in the garden, but it's open enough that the smoke is not offensive.
Written June 16, 2016
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Jon L
Grayslake, IL62 contributions
Townie bar
Aug 2015
No food, Slow service, Old bar aroma. Outdoor patio is great in summer.
Cheap domestic beer on tap. Shot and beer crowd.
Cash only, ATM in bar charges fees.
Written May 18, 2016
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Ashley E
Grayslake, IL106 contributions
Local and Cozy Bar
Dec 2014
This is a great small town bar - seems like everyone knows everyone. Came in on Christmas night and felt very welcome. It's cozy and friendly inside, will definitely be back.
Written September 30, 2015
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Adriana M
Grayslake, IL16 contributions
Your Average Bar
Apr 2015
I've been in the bar only once on a Friday night. Definitely wasn't as busy as the other bars in downtown Grayslake, and had more of a "locals vibe". The drinks weren't that great either, so we left after one round. I don't think I would go back.
Written September 9, 2015
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Lagunaone
52 contributions
A lake county bar
Mar 2015 • Family
This is a little bar, filled with friendly regulars and happy bar staff. The outdoor patio finds quite a few smokers present.
It's a bar only, not a restaurant.
Written March 7, 2015
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160cheese
Grayslake, IL121 contributions
shot and a beer joint
Apr 2014 • Family
old fashioned tavern no food just alot of locals hanging out .nice place to go when you want to unwind and have a quite nightout
Written April 15, 2014
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