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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner
Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant was founded on September 18, 1941 by a Dutch couple, Charles and Marie Brouns. They chose their location in San Nicolas as it was close to the large Lago Refinery: this provided a steady stream of clientele in the form of seamen, contractors, and oil workers.Over the years, Charlie’s Bar became a destination returned to by countless friends from the past, accompanied by new patrons anxious to visit what has become an iconic island institution…”If you haven’t been to Charlie’s you don’t know Aruba!”Today, Charlie’s Bar is recognized as one of the Top Ten Bars in the Caribbean; and is a must see destination for first time visitors who will undoubtedly encounter and enjoy
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
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Reviewed today via mobile

Charlie’s is a a fun and eclectic place to hang out for a few hours with really good food! We took the bus which was interesting in itself but the bus driver was very friendly and helpful and made sure we got off at the...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank DebbieAustin
Reviewed 6 days ago

We spent the morning touring the island (sunrise at Alto Vista, California lighthouse four wheeling to and swimming at natural pool) and our final destination before hitting the beaches was Charlies. We decided we really wanted a drink and some fun memories to end that...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank longfordasurf101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just want to take pictures didn’t eat but just taking pictures and looking around it’s pretty awesome in the main strip area

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Dee22321205
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for lunch here on a recent island tour, 8 people and we all had great food. The waiter didn't have to write our orders down, and still got it all right! Fun atmosphere, memoribilia galore. Would recommend.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Sisters_10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

His place is amazing! The walls and ceiling are covered with decades of memorabilia that make your head spin ... Or wait maybe that was the cocktails ... Or the honeymoon sauce!?! Menu is small but packed with awesome deliciousness. Sometimes there is music.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank GlennG0914
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We found this place through TripAdvisor, this place is a must-see aw, a Canadian would absolutely find this place very cool. Memorabilia covering every inch of the walls and ceilings. We ordered the special which was fall off the bone ribs, side salad and coin...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decor is unique to say the least. Stick with the 2 shrimp dishes. It becomes a 5 star restaurant if you can spend some time talking with the owner Charlie

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Boymarty
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So we're guilty. After coming to Aruba for 11 years, we finally made it up to Charlie's. We made the trip specifically to have a light lunch, thinking it would be your basic bar food and boy, were we wrong! Basically dinner items for lunch...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Stu C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch at Charlie's on12/31/2018. The decor is truly special as you have all kind of memorabilia from all over the world including an insane collection of US license plates. The staff/owner/chef are very friendly and ready to accommodate your requests. I had the...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank alainc-1998-2018
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent seafood!! Great place to chill out and have some great seafood!! Spend time looking at the atmosphere

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank JLO1999
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October 1, 2018|
Response from JamieM2680 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Bridgett, we asked about Uber and we were told that they did not have Uber. There are many taxi drivers and they were very friendly and helpful.
December 5, 2017|
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Hello a cab would cost you about $ 80
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