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, & 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!”
In 1977, the Queen of Holland awarded Charles Brouns, Sr. with “The Order of the House of Orange” (thus conveying recognition in the form of knighthood) for his many years of humanitarian deeds both during and after the end of World War II. Charlie Sr., simply noted, “The gold belongs to Marie, she made it happen!”
Charlie, Jr., born in Aruba six months before the Bar opened, continued the family tradition of providing good food served with genuine friendly concern. Over the succeeding years, “Junior” carefully created a potpourri ambiance consisting of old and new items which presently adorn the walls, ceiling, (and rest rooms) of the Bar. Everything from original oil paintings, plaques, awards, and photographs as well as not so common memorabilia have been added by old patrons and new from abroad.
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.” We’re sure you will enjoy yourself and we’re certain you will encounter new friends from different parts of the globe you just haven’t met yet. We’ve been open since 1941: waiting for you to come and see us…what are you waiting for???