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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

) #2 of 15 Restaurants in San Nicolas ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Caribbean, Bar, Pub
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“shrimp” (43 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
“chowder” (4 reviews)
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Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
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Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Good food, Ice cold beer, with frozen glasses. It's been here 75 years and it's not about to go anywhere soon. The star of this show is the decoration of the bar itself, I have never seen anywhere quite like it. Worth a visit, if...More

Thank Intcopiers
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was our first stop after we got settled into the coral reef villas. This is a pretty cool place you could spend hours looking at the wall material. Mrs. PSM and I we're of like mind and both order the shrimp scampi which was...More

Thank palmettostateman
Raul T, Bartender waiter smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Good thing the difference between "good" and "great" is negligable..... And as we say: "bad service, cold drinks and good food"... ...ahhh there it is "good food" see? We said it ourselves....again. That being said, we will expect you back for another 4star trip. Cheers!!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great local bar with a lot of history. It's a must stop if in Aruba. Locals say you haven't experienced the real Aruba if you haven't been here. They had live music. A ton of nostalgia hanging on the wall. The food...More

Thank wsmithhd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Love, love, love this place!!! Charlie's is a must when visiting Aruba! The staff, food, drink and decor are, as they would say in Aruba, hopi bon (very good)!!! Such a cool place!More

Thank Sandy B
Raul T, Bartender waiter and overall smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Let me respond this way: "Love, love, love this place!!! Charlie's is a must when visiting Aruba! The staff, food, drink and decor are, as they would say in Aruba, hopi bon (very good)!!! Such a cool place!" Cheers!! P.S. thanks for saving me time...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Charlie's Bar on way back from Baby Beach. Fun little local bar-cold beers and delicious appetizers. Live music by local guitarist-just a fun place to chill out and hang with locals. Bartenders were very friendly and accommodating. Recommend if you want to get...More

Thank hshuster2
Montsy, Guest Relations Manager at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear guest, thank you for your visit and recognition. You expressed what we are all about. Nice to hear you had fun. Hope to welcome you again soon. Cheers!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I made the drive out to Charlie's the other day. We were worried as the neighbourhood looked a bit rough. But man what a place!!! Every one of the staff members were happy and attentive. We only ordered a few beers and...More

Thank tpaul2398
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So unique . . . enjoyed checking out all the artifacts on the walls and ceiling. Bit disappointed as Jack in my Jack & Soda was a bit underweight.

Thank Larry L
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I visited Charlie's the other day, and it was everything that I could have hope for in a local bar. The atmosphere was quirky cool, with loads of eclectic treasures hanging from the rafters. My favorite item was the vintage Popeye doll, but there really...More

1  Thank Travelhound62
Raul T, Bartender waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Travelhound....we enjoyed having you around, great conversations and company as well... For me to respond in my usual fashion, would not do your review justice( doesn't happen often). All we can say is a heartfelt "thank you" and safe travels! Untill we meet again, Cheers!...More

Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited Charlie's while on vacation in aruba this year. We made the trip out to bachelor's beach and on the way back through San Nicolas we made it a point to try them out. We were not disappointed they made excellent...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

This place is so fun. Hard to find but worth it. We had so much fun the first time we went back a second day. Staff was very attentive and food and drinks are fabulous. Bartenders had a great attitude and were fun to hang...More

Thank Kayla H
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I have been to your establishment and when i was there someone told me that you rent rooms. If you do could you tell me how i would get more info about this. Thanks
11 January 2017|
Response from JustMeAndJet | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Just have a look at coralreefbeacharuba and you can find all the info you need. If you have any questions, send us an email by using the contact tab on the website. I'm not allowed to put an email address here. Hans.
Do they sell t-shirts here?
26 March 2015|
Response from Montsy | Property representative |
Hi, yes there are t-shirts available.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  San Nicolas
  • Phone Number: +297 584 5086
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 the company of many repeat clientele from literally all over the world. Everyone comes for the ambiance; the real connoisseurs are here to enjoy the intercontinental cuisine offered by Charlie’s Menu. Everything from jumbo shrimp to fine tenderloin steaks and fresh local seafood are at your beck and call. The menu is varied and prepared fresh each and every day try our “Honeymoon Sauce” with your entrée (if you like things real hot) or tone it down with our Creole style of preparation. Daily specials and home made snacks round out the menu for the inquisitive diner.Presently, your host, Charlito (the third generation Charlie) says, “Everything we do is focused on one thing, creating an unforgettable memory that will leave you wanting to return.”