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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“shrimp” (48 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
“ribs” (13 reviews)
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Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
$$ - $$$
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On our way back from Baby Beach my son-in-law insisted we stop at Charlie’s Bar for a late lunch, we were a party of 4. As we walked in there was Joey (local artist) sitting by the bar singing and playing the guitar, it was...More

Thank MoniqueQuebec_Canada
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charlies bar is very unique and one of a kind. The food and service was very good and offered a couple chef specials. The charm is certenly the interior design which is years of collectables form around the world.

Thank Brad L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first thing that strikes you is the eclectic decor of this combination restaurant and bar. It seems as if everyone who has visited has left a memento of their visit and these adorn the walls and ceiling, giving the place a unique appearance. Looking...More

Thank Brian R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went in after my husband read about it online. Expected to just get a drink or two. It was around 1 o'clock so not much of a crowd which was great. Ended up getting multiple drinks, chatting with the hilarious bartender and other patrons, and...More

Thank jsweeney1028
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Stopped in on a Thursday at 4pm waiting for the Carrubean Festival in San Nicolaas to start at 6. We were the only ones there for awhile before being joined by a couple from the UK. Had a grand time chatting with the bar tenders...More

Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 17 October 2017

Past the airport and on the other end of the island than the lighthouse. In an old town with lots of character. This bar has great food and drinks and very unique decor. On Thurs night for 6pm-10pm is a festival and parade. You can...More

Thank CathyPeary
Reviewed 16 October 2017

A ride to San Nicholas but a fun lunch. Memobelia hanging, pasted to walls under foot, licence plates signed bills etc etc etc. You can find something from everywhere, just look around. Food for lunch was ok but a little expensive and a limited menu....More

Thank WebsterFoodie
Reviewed 11 October 2017

usually get the ribs, so tasty. great atmosphere and awesome musician while we were there last time!

Thank Kyle T
Reviewed 29 September 2017

The bartenders are so comical and personable. It is a must stop for us every time we visit Aruba, truly a unique experience!

Thank slynn0104
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

Always an interesting experience. Bar is definitely unique. Hubby & I shared lobster. Good sized with a different kind of sauce. I'm not sure what it was but it was good. A must stop in Aruba.

Thank scsunlimited
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11 January 2017|
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  San Nicolas
  • Phone Number: +297 584 5086
  • E-mail
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.”
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