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Thread: Rona's friend's review on Charlie's Bar

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    Rona's friend's review on Charlie's Bar

    When you have been famous for too long…A column written by one of my friends

    So…while we were in San Nicolas, we decided to have a couple beers at Charlie’s Bar, for old time’s sake. My,my how what was once “charming and cute” has turned into filthy and rundown, with service with a smug attitude. The first table we sat at was so sticky it was gross. the adjoining tables, same story, we did not even want to touch the tables…the cutsie collection of junk on the walls is so old and covered in dust and crud that it is just not “cute” anymore, it’s a health violation. We were a bit weary of ordering off the menu after seeing the filthy conditions of the place, so we just asked for an order of fries to take the edge off our appetites and beers (they didn’t have any appetizers or snacks on the menu). The bartender informed us that fries were only a side dish and we could not order them alone—really??!! I offered to pay whatever they wanted, just needed a nibble…the attitude was wrought with sarcasm, as they just don’t serve fries without a meal, how silly of me to ask for such a thing. At first, I thought they must be joking with me, but no, no it was not a joke. This is how we do business, like it or not.
    We are an island that prides ourselves on service, hospitality, and doing our utmost to accommodate guests—and although Charlie’s Bar thinks because they are a supposed island icon they can slack on cleanliness, service, and hospitality, this is just not right. It scares me to think that this is a spot many journalists and visiting press are directed to (I think it is just merely a habit to think this is where tourists should go when in San Nicolas). It is often referred to as a “tourist trap” on many review sites, and rightly so—but wow, we should not be promoting this place as one of our national treasures—that shipped has sailed in a very big way. Go to O’Neils for a clean environment, tasty local and regional cuisine at fair prices, friendly and ACCOMMODATING service—a place that does not take your patronage for granted. Or head to Rum Reef by Baby Beach, or El Gallo Rojo on mainstreet. Sorry, Charlie’s Bar—your time has come and gone—there are too many establishments bending over backwards to accommodate their guests, make them know their business is appreciated, and quite frankly, San Nicolas deserves better—and hopefully, in time, more restaurants will be able to open there and show guests how much they appreciate them without sarcasm and flippant attitudes. Besides us, there were only 4 people in the place—gee, I wonder why.=

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    That is so sad. You think "customer service" would be # 1.
    Tell people any establishment is how "management" does. This goes for everything from small establishment to our favorite sports team.

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    Charlie's Bar is kind of like "hallowed ground."
    It is a staple, a landmark.


    I rarely see written reviews like the one in Rona's column.
    However, the last time we were there a few years ago, we both felt it was not as clean as we'd like, over priced and service was almost nonexistent.

    Charlie's, in its heyday, was a huge tourist attraction as well a great watering hole for the neighbors.

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    I've never heard of O'Neils, mentioned at the end of the article. Anyone been?

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    After that commentary of Charlie's, they are off my list.

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    i suspect that even prior to the commentary, they were off many lists.

    it is too bad as they are/were a "landmark"

    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    After that commentary of Charlie's, they are off my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I've never heard of O'Neils, mentioned at the end of the article. Anyone been?
    Haven't been, but here's a clue...

    https://www.facebook.com/OnielCaribbeanKitchen297/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    I've never heard of O'Neils, mentioned at the end of the article. Anyone been?
    Neither have we, so we put it on our list for next trip.



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    We went there on our 3rd trip in 1999 and took sis and BIL in 2005. At that time it was clean and friendly and the shrimp dinners were excellent. It was quite interesting to look at all the memorabilia hanging from the WWII era and before and since. Stopped in for a beer a couple years ago on our way back from Baby Beach and you could see a change in the atmosphere. More of a tourist trap than a destination.

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    That's why i stopped going, probably the last 8-10 years...

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