Charlie's Denver

★★★★☆
  • 900 E Colfax Ave

    Denver, CO 80218

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  • 303-839-8890

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My experience after being a customer for 20 years was an assault last April with over $100,000 in medical bills. The assault was at Charlies located at 900 E. Colfax Denver, Colorado. Charlies turned a deaf ear on my vicious assault. When confronted by Denver Police, they conveniently replaced their security system thus destroying the footage of my assault. That is bad business according standard security practices for bars and night clubs and police.

Secondly, management obviously does not have Pride in their own GLBT bar. Case in point. On June 21, 2015 pride Sunday after their 4am afterhours party, Charlies was too lazy to clean their bathrooms for their customers that chose Charlies to drink cocktails before the grand 40th Annual Pride Celebration PARADE. Charlies competition uses professional cleaning companies to thoroughly clean bathrooms the early mornings hours when venues are closed.

No wonder why Charlies competitor was used to host the annual Pride pool party.

In recent years, Charlies earned an F on their restaurant report card for 10 critical violations including dead & alive roaches, rodent droppings, numerous small flying insects in bottles of Vermouth, Wild Turkey and Highland Park whisky. There were accumulations of food and debris on the soda guns, walls, and various ice machines and on the hard floors. The management refused to comment when asked by FOX 31.

Charlies management ignores the fact that they are breaking all the rules for many business practices to protect their customers by erasing video, deleting social media reviews, and refusing to comment on questions on failing restaurant report card when nicely asked by FOX31Denvers Heidi Hemmat.

Charlies is a great bar to stay away from. When legitimate complaints are filed with the Denver Police, Denver Health Department inspectors, and customers using social media business rating sites, Charlies management ignores the legitimate complaints and continues doing BAD BUSINESS AS USUAL.

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My experience after being a customer for 20 years was an assault last April with over $100,000 in medical bills. The assault was at Charlies located at 900 E. Colfax Denver, Colorado. Charlies turned a deaf ear on my vicious assault. When confronted by Denver Police, they conveniently replaced their security system thus destroying the footage of my assault. That is bad business according standard security practices for bars and night clubs and police.

Secondly, management obviously does not have Pride in their own GLBT bar. Case in point. On June 21, 2015 pride Sunday after their 4am afterhours party, Charlies was too lazy to clean their bathrooms for their customers that chose Charlies to drink cocktails before the grand 40th Annual Pride Celebration PARADE. Charlies competition uses professional cleaning companies to thoroughly clean bathrooms the early mornings hours when venues are closed.

No wonder why Charlies competitor was used to host the annual Pride pool party.

In recent years, Charlies earned an F on their restaurant report card for 10 critical violations including dead & alive roaches, rodent droppings, numerous small flying insects in bottles of Vermouth, Wild Turkey and Highland Park whisky. There were accumulations of food and debris on the soda guns, walls, and various ice machines and on the hard floors. The management refused to comment when asked by FOX 31.

Charlies management ignores the fact that they are breaking all the rules for many business practices to protect their customers by erasing video, deleting social media reviews, and refusing to comment on questions on failing restaurant report card when nicely asked by FOX31Denvers Heidi Hemmat.

Charlies is a great bar to stay away from. When legitimate complaints are filed with the Denver Police, Denver Health Department inspectors, and customers using social media business rating sites, Charlies management ignores the legitimate complaints and continues doing BAD BUSINESS AS USUAL.

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ATTENTION: Charlies Denver has been under NEW management for at least the last 6 - 9 months. But if you want to visit Charlies Denver located at 900 E. Colfax and you think that your valuables & your person, will be safe and protected, THINK AGAIN!!
On April 27, slightly after midnight I was, in a split second, viciously assaulted by an unknown assailant still at large Charlies located at 900 E. Colfax. The results were a shattered hip just barely inside Charlies front entrance, and medical expenses more than six figures. Another Charlies customer (the assailant), was harassing me for something I had nothing to do with and I decided to leave Charlies immediately. At that moment in time, I was blind sighted by the harassing assailing assailant just inside the entrance. Immediately after the assault, outside the front entrance, I alerted the unexpressive Charlies doorman & bartender of my injury. I was unable to stand due to broken shattered hip. Instead of an ambulance that I requested, Charlies called police and me and my shattered hip were shoved into a police car. After my 10 day hospital recovery, I was then able to finally file report with police. The detective said that one week after the assault, Charlies had replaced the security video system starting May 6. Charlies initial response of not calling an ambulance for a tragic injury on their property is deplorable. The assailant got off free. The vicious assailant would have been apprehended and charged with assault if Charlies had protected its customers with correct basic security & security footage protocol standards practiced across the USA bar & night club industry. According to Denver Police Detective Sides, Charlies Denver had destroyed the security footage of the incident sometime before May 6th.
Charlies new management obviously does not keep their customers and employees safe as they are obligated to do. Security standards in the Nightclub and bar industry is retaining all "video" for at least thirty days. If an incident occurs it is good practice to copy the entire incident, plus at least 30 minutes before and after the incident onto a DVD disc and retaining it for at least a year. When persons are injured, CCTV recordings from inside and outside cameras will possibly assist the police and could help in defending the customers against violent assaults. Charlies did not do this which is against standard nightclub & bar security protocols.
In conclusion to this review, keep the following crime statistics in mind. This is according to Denver Police Department 2015 crime maps. Charlies Denver at 900 E. Colfax ALONE has had more VIOLENT ASSAULT and THEFTS/LACENCY crimes reported than 14 of the 16 other Denver GLBT night clubs/lounges COMBINED. Charlies crime rate surpasses 87.5 percent of all Denver GLBT bars. This is just in the last 6 months per the Denver Police Crime Map website as of 6/15/2015. Even over the past 36 months from June 2012 to June 2015, Charlies alone had more ASSAULTS & THEFTS/LARGENCY than 13 of 16 Denvers other GLBT establishments combined.
So if you decide to visit Charlies, keep in mind it may be safer to visit other establishments for quality drag shows, dancing, and quality refreshments. YOUR PHYSICAL QUALITY OF LIFE JUST MIGHT DEPEND ON IT!!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

ATTENTION: Charlies Denver has been under NEW management for at least the last 6 - 9 months. But if you want to visit Charlies Denver located at 900 E. Colfax and you think that your valuables & your person, will be safe and protected, THINK AGAIN!!
On April 27, slightly after midnight I was, in a split second, viciously assaulted by an unknown assailant still at large Charlies located at 900 E. Colfax. The results were a shattered hip just barely inside Charlies front entrance, and medical expenses more than six figures. Another Charlies customer (the assailant), was harassing me for something I had nothing to do with and I decided to leave Charlies immediately. At that moment in time, I was blind sighted by the harassing assailing assailant just inside the entrance. Immediately after the assault, outside the front entrance, I alerted the unexpressive Charlies doorman & bartender of my injury. I was unable to stand due to broken shattered hip. Instead of an ambulance that I requested, Charlies called police and me and my shattered hip were shoved into a police car. After my 10 day hospital recovery, I was then able to finally file report with police. The detective said that one week after the assault, Charlies had replaced the security video system starting May 6. Charlies initial response of not calling an ambulance for a tragic injury on their property is deplorable. The assailant got off free. The vicious assailant would have been apprehended and charged with assault if Charlies had protected its customers with correct basic security & security footage protocol standards practiced across the USA bar & night club industry. According to Denver Police Detective Sides, Charlies Denver had destroyed the security footage of the incident sometime before May 6th.
Charlies new management obviously does not keep their customers and employees safe as they are obligated to do. Security standards in the Nightclub and bar industry is retaining all "video" for at least thirty days. If an incident occurs it is good practice to copy the entire incident, plus at least 30 minutes before and after the incident onto a DVD disc and retaining it for at least a year. When persons are injured, CCTV recordings from inside and outside cameras will possibly assist the police and could help in defending the customers against violent assaults. Charlies did not do this which is against standard nightclub & bar security protocols.
In conclusion to this review, keep the following crime statistics in mind. This is according to Denver Police Department 2015 crime maps. Charlies Denver at 900 E. Colfax ALONE has had more VIOLENT ASSAULT and THEFTS/LACENCY crimes reported than 14 of the 16 other Denver GLBT night clubs/lounges COMBINED. Charlies crime rate surpasses 87.5 percent of all Denver GLBT bars. This is just in the last 6 months per the Denver Police Crime Map website as of 6/15/2015. Even over the past 36 months from June 2012 to June 2015, Charlies alone had more ASSAULTS & THEFTS/LARGENCY than 13 of 16 Denvers other GLBT establishments combined.
So if you decide to visit Charlies, keep in mind it may be safer to visit other establishments for quality drag shows, dancing, and quality refreshments. YOUR PHYSICAL QUALITY OF LIFE JUST MIGHT DEPEND ON IT!!!!

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I've had a better time waiting in line at the DMV. The bartenders seem to be put out by serving you a drink unless you're a local that spends their days and nights at their bar paying their rent. I dropped over a bill at one bartender and

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★★★★★

I've had a better time waiting in line at the DMV. The bartenders seem to be put out by serving you a drink unless you're a local that spends their days and nights at their bar paying their rent. I dropped over a bill at one bartender and

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Charlie's is the biggest joke of a gay bar I've ever been in!Ever since the smoking ban went into effect,it's been a joke.I used to get hit on left and right in that place,now,nothing!The place is gross,the building,the bathrooms,the

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Charlie's is the biggest joke of a gay bar I've ever been in!Ever since the smoking ban went into effect,it's been a joke.I used to get hit on left and right in that place,now,nothing!The place is gross,the building,the bathrooms,the

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i have been a regular at this bar for 5 years and it keeps going down hill ever since wayne passed away. this new manager john apparently does not care about the customers. the roof still has leaks, the place seems like it has not been cleaned since clinton was president. i would not be suprised half of the std's in denver come from the toilet seats in this place. the drinks are weak and always taste different even if i order the same thing. but despite all that i still was a regular because of the "club" music dj but he was not there the last 2 nights and the bartender said he was no longer working there. if anyone knows what club he went to let this board know. i will never return to this bar and urge everyone else to avoid this like the plague (which you just may get if you do go) see you all at the compound and tracks.

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★☆☆☆☆

i have been a regular at this bar for 5 years and it keeps going down hill ever since wayne passed away. this new manager john apparently does not care about the customers. the roof still has leaks, the place seems like it has not been cleaned since clinton was president. i would not be suprised half of the std's in denver come from the toilet seats in this place. the drinks are weak and always taste different even if i order the same thing. but despite all that i still was a regular because of the "club" music dj but he was not there the last 2 nights and the bartender said he was no longer working there. if anyone knows what club he went to let this board know. i will never return to this bar and urge everyone else to avoid this like the plague (which you just may get if you do go) see you all at the compound and tracks.

Pros: none anymore

Cons: dirty, crappy music, attitudes

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This was our 4th stop on a bar crawl and if it werent for the nastiest bar in Denver being among the first 3 (Broadway's), this would have got the vote.

I think they must have told everyone at a staff meeting to write a good review because I read the other reviews and the only one that is close to being right is the guy who hated the place. Does the owners think that a puddle of urine in the bathrooms is somehow sexy or that stall doors are a luxury? Drinks were weak weak weak, they use those measure shot top things to ensure you get only a thimble full. And then charge like you are in New York. Everything from the pool felt to the swamp bathrooms to the plastic shack that passes for a smoking patio is poorly taken care of. I know this is supposed to be a Denver legend, but maybe its time this old worn out horse was put out to pasture.

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This was our 4th stop on a bar crawl and if it werent for the nastiest bar in Denver being among the first 3 (Broadway's), this would have got the vote.

I think they must have told everyone at a staff meeting to write a good review because I read the other reviews and the only one that is close to being right is the guy who hated the place. Does the owners think that a puddle of urine in the bathrooms is somehow sexy or that stall doors are a luxury? Drinks were weak weak weak, they use those measure shot top things to ensure you get only a thimble full. And then charge like you are in New York. Everything from the pool felt to the swamp bathrooms to the plastic shack that passes for a smoking patio is poorly taken care of. I know this is supposed to be a Denver legend, but maybe its time this old worn out horse was put out to pasture.

Pros: Patio bartender tattoo guy

Cons: Nasty bathrooms, weak measured drinks

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Charlie's Denver is an awesome place to go, especially on Sundays with the shows and the $3.50 pitcher of Bud and Bud Light. No cover which makes it even better. Arrive early most night, place gets packed fast.

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★★★★★

Charlie's Denver is an awesome place to go, especially on Sundays with the shows and the $3.50 pitcher of Bud and Bud Light. No cover which makes it even better. Arrive early most night, place gets packed fast.

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Hey to the staff of Charlies... Love you All Great bar Dont change a thing!!! Went there Two Night when i was in denver... let me tell ya tim the bar tender is HOT. See you all be For xmas

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Hey to the staff of Charlies... Love you All Great bar Dont change a thing!!! Went there Two Night when i was in denver... let me tell ya tim the bar tender is HOT. See you all be For xmas

Pros: The Hot Bar tenders and bar backs

Cons: Lights above pool table knocked my head a few times

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With two dance floors, a couple of bars, and the distinction of being a g@y cowboy bar, Charlie's is nearing the status of a Denver landmark. The staff and customers are friendly and outgoing, and its typical to find an interesting conversation every visit. Charlie's scene can be considered the perfect level for a g@y bar: the clientele are inveterate partiers, meaning the flow of alcohol and possibly other substances is ample, though they are not so decadent that the night devolves into a Bacchinalia. Furthermore, the place is big enough that the feuding cliques and sub-scenes that plague many g@y bars are largely absent.
The drinks are reasonable in strength and price, though it often depends on who's doing the pour. The line-dancing and g@y cowboys do not come off as ironic as one might expect, and everyone - g@y, straight, cowboy or city-slicker seems there for one reason: to have a good time. Charlie's is an excellent bar for someone who wants to party but avoid the competitiveness, pretense, and drama of normal clubs.

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With two dance floors, a couple of bars, and the distinction of being a g@y cowboy bar, Charlie's is nearing the status of a Denver landmark. The staff and customers are friendly and outgoing, and its typical to find an interesting conversation every visit. Charlie's scene can be considered the perfect level for a g@y bar: the clientele are inveterate partiers, meaning the flow of alcohol and possibly other substances is ample, though they are not so decadent that the night devolves into a Bacchinalia. Furthermore, the place is big enough that the feuding cliques and sub-scenes that plague many g@y bars are largely absent.
The drinks are reasonable in strength and price, though it often depends on who's doing the pour. The line-dancing and g@y cowboys do not come off as ironic as one might expect, and everyone - g@y, straight, cowboy or city-slicker seems there for one reason: to have a good time. Charlie's is an excellent bar for someone who wants to party but avoid the competitiveness, pretense, and drama of normal clubs.

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I love Charlies! The atmosphere, the dance floor, the drinks that flow so wonderfully and inexpensively! It is great! Not a place for the straight boys in Denver to hang out, but a great time for everyone else!

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★★★★★

I love Charlies! The atmosphere, the dance floor, the drinks that flow so wonderfully and inexpensively! It is great! Not a place for the straight boys in Denver to hang out, but a great time for everyone else!

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I love the friendliness of the staff. It is so much fun on thursdays to do a little country dancing after drinking at JR's, and also their is a 90s/techno/hip hop side too. It is a good mix of people for both sides. They have karaoke also on different nights. It is 1/2 price night as well. The country dj's sometimes keep the music too slow but just put in requests and that usually helps. Parking lot is right next to bar and there is a huge smoking patio. Avoid the bathrooms, really dirty!

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★★★★☆

I love the friendliness of the staff. It is so much fun on thursdays to do a little country dancing after drinking at JR's, and also their is a 90s/techno/hip hop side too. It is a good mix of people for both sides. They have karaoke also on different nights. It is 1/2 price night as well. The country dj's sometimes keep the music too slow but just put in requests and that usually helps. Parking lot is right next to bar and there is a huge smoking patio. Avoid the bathrooms, really dirty!

Pros: Good mix of people, cheap drinks, music variety

Cons: Dirty bathrooms, sometimes can be slow

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Charlies has got to be the dirtiest bar in Denver. The restrooms are filthy and never have paper towels so most people don't bother to wash thier hands. After using the bathroom and not washing thier hands they help themselves to some stale popcorn in the machine that is filthy dirty. It's a wonder no one has become sick there. Now they have tarps inside on the ceiling that look like IV bags to catch all of the leaks in the ceiling. You have to duck your head so you don't run into the dirty hoses catching the leaks when you head to the bar. The staff is rude especially at the front door. I would highly recommend NOT visiting this disgusting bar - stick with JR's (nice, friendly, clean and fun)

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★☆☆☆☆

Charlies has got to be the dirtiest bar in Denver. The restrooms are filthy and never have paper towels so most people don't bother to wash thier hands. After using the bathroom and not washing thier hands they help themselves to some stale popcorn in the machine that is filthy dirty. It's a wonder no one has become sick there. Now they have tarps inside on the ceiling that look like IV bags to catch all of the leaks in the ceiling. You have to duck your head so you don't run into the dirty hoses catching the leaks when you head to the bar. The staff is rude especially at the front door. I would highly recommend NOT visiting this disgusting bar - stick with JR's (nice, friendly, clean and fun)

Pros: There aren't any

Cons: Dirty and disgusting

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Its okay. Sometimes the DJs really stink. I wonder if they ever listen to country music. And why can't they clean the damn restrooms?? They are dirty, they stink and there are usually no paper towels after 10:30 or so. And the popcorn....jeezzz. If its less then a week old, then you're in luck.

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★★★★☆

Its okay. Sometimes the DJs really stink. I wonder if they ever listen to country music. And why can't they clean the damn restrooms?? They are dirty, they stink and there are usually no paper towels after 10:30 or so. And the popcorn....jeezzz. If its less then a week old, then you're in luck.

Pros: Country/Cowboy

Cons: Dirty restrooms and lots of twinks sometimes

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Just wanted to let you know, Charlies is amazing... One of the best patio parties in town... Music is out of control on both the Country and Party floors... One DJ, I think is Jon, does an amazing job, always plays everything. The bartenders can't be any friendlier... I would suggest everyone check it out atleast once... you won't be sorry

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Just wanted to let you know, Charlies is amazing... One of the best patio parties in town... Music is out of control on both the Country and Party floors... One DJ, I think is Jon, does an amazing job, always plays everything. The bartenders can't be any friendlier... I would suggest everyone check it out atleast once... you won't be sorry

Pros: Everything... Hot boiz, girls and staff

Cons: Can't think of anything off the top of my head

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I have been going to Charlies for some time now. Every single time I have been there I have had a blast. During the week it is the best because it isnt too crowded. This is a good place to go to have a relaxing time if you like country or a mix of R&B. I would recommend Charlies to anybody looking for a fun, laidback enviroment

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★★★★★

I have been going to Charlies for some time now. Every single time I have been there I have had a blast. During the week it is the best because it isnt too crowded. This is a good place to go to have a relaxing time if you like country or a mix of R&B. I would recommend Charlies to anybody looking for a fun, laidback enviroment

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i love charlies especially the friday nite music and the d.j. who plays the good music his name is murphy.........i love him ,,,,,,,,,,being a woman going into a gay bar byherself is a good feeling there because i feel safe...some of the door people especially the lady who wears the cowboy hat ther can be down right rude at times, thats the only turn-off, to me ..to be truth-ful they need to get rid of her.........she isn';t good being there........other than that i love it........

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★★★★★

i love charlies especially the friday nite music and the d.j. who plays the good music his name is murphy.........i love him ,,,,,,,,,,being a woman going into a gay bar byherself is a good feeling there because i feel safe...some of the door people especially the lady who wears the cowboy hat ther can be down right rude at times, thats the only turn-off, to me ..to be truth-ful they need to get rid of her.........she isn';t good being there........other than that i love it........

Pros: good service, sexy men, moderate prices

Cons: restrooms cleaner, papertowel in r.r., parking

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This is a fun bar Thursdays are the best night of the week to go. It is always packed with cute guys.
Friday and saturday are good nights to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. with 2 dance floors thay cover all types of people. Country and Trendy. The bar tender in the trendy part is kinda rude!!

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★★★★★

This is a fun bar Thursdays are the best night of the week to go. It is always packed with cute guys.
Friday and saturday are good nights to just sit back and enjoy the atmosphere. with 2 dance floors thay cover all types of people. Country and Trendy. The bar tender in the trendy part is kinda rude!!

Pros: Good drinks, no cover charge, cool people

Cons: some rude staff, parking problems

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It's a good place to go and dance country, if you're into that kind of thing. If not, than you can also enjoy the disco music! It's one of the best places I have been in Denver. I always meet people who are willing to talk if I'm there by myself. I mostly enjoy the free country dance lessons with Lence. He's an awesome instructor! :-)) And no, they're not paying me to say all these things.

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★★★★★

It's a good place to go and dance country, if you're into that kind of thing. If not, than you can also enjoy the disco music! It's one of the best places I have been in Denver. I always meet people who are willing to talk if I'm there by myself. I mostly enjoy the free country dance lessons with Lence. He's an awesome instructor! :-)) And no, they're not paying me to say all these things.

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That is right, you get two dance floors one of country and the other house diva mixes under one roof, and no cover. This place I would give high ratings. When I lived in Denver, I would go to Charlie's every Monday night, and I had a blast, and best of all you can see the people around you, meaning it's not dark and scarey. The smiling faces all around means that you have found home away from home. This was the first bar I went to when I turned 21. So in closing all the way from Atlanta, GA thanks Charlie's for years of fun and friendship. Keep up the great work.

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★★★★★

That is right, you get two dance floors one of country and the other house diva mixes under one roof, and no cover. This place I would give high ratings. When I lived in Denver, I would go to Charlie's every Monday night, and I had a blast, and best of all you can see the people around you, meaning it's not dark and scarey. The smiling faces all around means that you have found home away from home. This was the first bar I went to when I turned 21. So in closing all the way from Atlanta, GA thanks Charlie's for years of fun and friendship. Keep up the great work.

Pros: great staff, no cover, great drink prices

Cons: I now live in Atlanta

 

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