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Charlie Bar

55 North Steyne (Novotel), Manly, NSW
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Charlie Bar is a chic modern bar overlooking Manly Beach. Located on the ground level of the iconic Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific Hotel, Charlie Bar (once a live music mecca on the Northern Beaches) has evolved into a modern and relaxed drinking, dining and entertainment experience.

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Charlie Bar Review

Review by Sally Rawsthorne

Prior to it's induction as the Charlie Bar, the bottom floor of the Manly Pacific Hotel isn't exactly somewhere I'd plan to head on a night out; it was daggy, dated and featured far too much karaoke. However, the recent designer attention that it's received has set a place for it in the hearts of many Northern Beaches locals. Although a relative newcomer on the Manly nightlife scene, Charlie Bar is definitely the place to see and be seen. It's exactly what you'd expect from a bar located in an international high-end hotel; it's chic and sleek, a definite step up from its former self.

Upon arrival, there is rarely much of a line, unlike some of Manly's more pretentious offerings. I stroll inside – feeling like a rock star, no line for me! - and am, as always, impressed by the venue. The bar is just beautiful – the floors are white and tiled, and exposed blonde wood features heavily. My favourite thing, though, is the chairs that swing from the roof, and whenever I go there I make a beeline for them. Unsurprisingly, they are everyone else's favourites as well, and you've gotta be real quick to nab one of these bad boys.

Of course, Charlie Bar's million-dollar view is also a great enticement. The moon hanging over the surf at Manly makes a pretty impressive background for any pictures on your Facebook. The open-plan design, with the dance floor practically opening up onto the street works well for the surroundings. Charlie Bar is especially good for a dance, being that it rarely feels too crowded. Plus, the music is lots of fun – think Usher, Jackson 5 and Far East Movement.

The staff at Charlie Bar are reflective of the type of clientele that it tries to attract – young, fun and good looking. In fact, none of them would look out of place on the dance floor there, and they've flirted with my friends and I on more than one occasion – not that we're complaining! Speaking of flirting, there's a great deal of that going on at Charlie Bar. It's not so noisy and crowded as many of the area's bars, making it ideal for a cute chat with a cute stranger. As I mentioned, many a good looking boy and girl has loitered in Charlie Bar... if you're in the market, then Charlie Bar is a pretty good market!

The drinks on offer in Charlie Bar are a pretty standard variety, although upstairs does nice cocktails when it opens (Saturday nights). The prices are a little bit steeper than most other Manly establishments, but happy hour (4 – 6 pm) is well worth a visit; if you're in Manly of an afternoon, head to Charlie Bar for $5 beers, wine and champagnes. However, if you're pinching pennies on a night out, then you won't enjoy Charlie Bar. It's all about being glamourous, and pretending that you're in an episode of Gossip Girl...although that could just be me.

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