Charlie’s Bar now open in Central City
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.