Charlie’s Bar now open in Central City

The chandeliers still adorn the new Charlie’s Bar, which used to be Crystal Palace Casino in Central City. The new bar is located on Main Street and has daily specials and happy hour. Courtesy photo

The chandeliers still adorn the new Charlie’s Bar, which used to be Crystal Palace Casino in Central City. The new bar is located on Main Street and has daily specials and happy hour. Courtesy photo

By Linda Jones

Central City has gone back to the past – there is a stand-alone bar again. Charlie’s Bar has everything a bar should have: darts, pool, table shuffleboard, arcade games, happy hours, man-cans, dancing, laughter and, of course, good times. Charlie’s is located where the former Crystal Palace Casino stood. Remember how gorgeous that casino was, with all its mirrors and eye-catching chandeliers? They’re still there.

The great bars of Central City and Black Hawk in the 20th century – the “old days” – are fondly remembered and often mourned. Charles Odiorne is the man who brought back a bar on Main Street and sure enough, people love the place. The atmosphere is friendly and cheerful and all day long people are shooting pool, throwing darts, conversing over a beer and enjoying themselves in general. The arcade games include the very latest: Big Buck, Golden Tee and others. Kids younger than 21 are welcome until the band starts playing at 7 p.m. After July 4, Charlie’s will also offer JKQ BBQ, always a popular choice at the Main Street festivals.

The lovely second floor includes a large room ringed with mirrors, perfect for a party or celebration. An arch was built specifically for weddings and several weddings and/or receptions are already scheduled.

Every Friday night, dancers congregate on the parquet dance floor, enjoying live music. Double Down was on the stage the night I stopped by. On Saturday nights a DJ provides the music and Sunday nights are karaoke nights. Central City is probably the only small town in America where karaoke brings out opera singers; this is karaoke on steroids, and even worth recording. There is no cover charge.

Happy hour is from 4 – 6 p.m. daily with dollar drafts and $2 well & wine. The 24-ounce man-cans are $3. Charlie’s Bar is open from 9 a.m. until midnight, Sunday – Thursday, and 9 a.m. until 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday. Stop on Main Street and spin the big wheel out in front; win a free beer and step on in. For more information, call 303-582-5932.

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