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The Happiest Hour: Charlie's on Broadway

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Jackie Canchola

Description: A low-key joint refreshingly void of Capitol Hill's usual long lines.

Decor: A mishmash of stained glass, wing chairs, and random antiques playing up the historic building, with carpeting—accented with splashes of neon pink—befitting a roller-rink lounge.

Fun fact: Charlie's has occupied the same spot on Broadway since its opening in 1976.

Other noteworthy 1976 happenings: The Son of Sam commenced his NYC murder spree, the Ramones released their self-titled debut album, Sylvester Stallone's Rocky won the Oscar for best picture.

Happy hours: Daily 3–7 pm and 10:30 pm–1 am.

Happy-hour drink specials: $3 MGD drafts, $3.50 select microbrews (Hale's Mongoose, Manny's), $4.50 select cocktails (Grape Nehi, Kamikazi).

Happy-hour food specials: Discounted small plates, such as $5.25 deep-fried calamari and $5.25 tempura vegetables.

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worst food ever.
Posted by xina on May 8, 2009 at 9:41 AM · Report this
The only unpretentious place to get a decent Cobb Salad round B'Way. People who haven't found the "pause" button on their foodieness tend to keep away, which is kind. Mmmm.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 11, 2009 at 10:11 AM · Report this
Donolectic 3
I love Charlies. It's non-pretentious, the drinks are good and strong, and the waitstaff is sassy in the good way. It's my fave place to get sloshed with a large, diverse group of friends!
Posted by Donolectic on May 12, 2009 at 7:40 PM · Report this

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