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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

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Zeppenfeldstraat 56 | San Nicolas, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Family Owned Bar located in San Nicolas, Ice Coold Balashis on Tap, Classic Cocktails, nothing fancy just a great historical piece of Aruba. Stop in and enjoy a beer and food!

Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We went to Charlie's to find my husbands old license plate that has been on the wall there for years. We had a blast. The margaritas were awesome and the bar tenders were so much fun. We give five stars just for our good time. We could not have expected more. We are so glad we went. Thank you Charlie... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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562 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 414 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

When I first read about Charlie's Bar, I was thinking it would be a night spot. However, this place is actually the day time bar that closes after happy hour at 7pm sharp. It was the perfect pit stop on the way to or from Baby Beach. I tried their signature cocktail during my first visit called the Boozer and... More 

Thank Easylivingtravel
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41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for a cold draft chill beer, not many places serve draft chill! but returned next day for the Caribbean night. We first wanted to eat and got a table. The chef personally recommended the meals, and started cooking. When it all arrived the food was much better than we expected and better you would expect from a... More 

Thank Eric H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We go to Charlies every time we vacation in Aruba during Thanksgiving week and we are addicted to the churrasco with the honeymoon sauce! It's one of the reasons to vacation in Aruba!

Thank Instagramer
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our food and service was excellent. I got the swordfish and shrimp while my husband got the lobster. He had lobster many times during our trip to Aruba and said the lobster at Charlie's was the best. I asked for a second glass of water since I was out in the salt water and sun all morning, I was getting... More 

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

Why yes, we do our best when it comes to our food....our service, well not so much. But thank you for the compliments. Was the locale busy on the day you visited? That is the only reason for such a blatant oversight on our behalf for not getting you h2o when you requested. We will make sure the next time... More 

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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Charlies Bar is a favorite and a must go to when vacationing in Aruba. Our favorite is the peal and eat Shrimp. While visiting Aruba there are so many excellent places to eat and we usually hit one place once. But we do make and exception and eat at Charlies Bar at least twice. Very friendly staff, a great place... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We visit Charlie's Bar every time we visit Aruba. It is a small little place in downtown San Nicolas a good drive from the High Rise hotel area. We stopped in on our way back from Baby Beach as we had 4 friends with us who had never been there. This hole in the wall serves very cold beer which... More 

1 Thank LonestarSpartan
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

So this was our third time to Aruba and we still hadn't seen Charlie's. We got directions and decided to make the trek with my parents to go see this place. Don't listen to the naysayers that don't understand the historical value in a place like Charlie's. We were the only ones there for lunch this day. We had the... More 

2 Thank TheKutman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

This bar is packed full of everything you can imagine, and more. Great place for a first date because you never run out of things to say as you look around the place. The guys that work there, including the third generation Charley, are some of the nicest people you could ever meet. We all enjoyed our meals! This is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, 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, 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.”

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