Steven Rayner had always wanted to run his own bar and with his passion for sport – football and his beloved Tottenham in particular – he had a wealth of ideas. “I had visited many bars, sports bars, pubs and clubs over the years and I was keen to put my own ideas into practice – to have my own place and put my own spin on some of the great ideas I had seen over time.”
When the opportunity came up to buy a bar in Spain in summer 2019, Steven became the proud new owner of Charlie’s Sports Bar & Grill in the lovely town of Los Montesinos. He opened for business on July 1st last year and quickly became a local favourite.
“I wanted customers to have a nice experience – I tried to think, what would I like from visiting a bar, and put that into practice. I didn’t have any previous experience in the bar or restaurant trade so I was really learning on my feet, but always my philosophy comes back to ‘If I were my customer, what would I enjoy’ and so far, that seems to be working really well.”
At Charlie’s Sports Bar, you’ll find a large outside terrace and a delightfully air conditioned bar. All sports are shown live in the bar, so if it’s soccer, boxing, GAA football, tennis – Steven is happy to accommodate and ensure you can enjoy your favourite sport in nice surroundings with good company and good food and drink to match. At present, he has installed six large screens for optimum viewing experience and he has plans to install more before the end of the year.
To thank his customers for their support over the last year, Steven has introduced a loyalty card which offers discounts on drinks and food. “It’s a way to thank my regulars,” he explained, “But it’s also for new customers who want to visit us, see what we’re like and avail of some of the great offers that come with the card.”
At Charlie’s, you can also enjoy live entertainment every Saturday night as well as Karaoke, Music bingo (which, we hear is amazing fun) and there is a quiz night every Tuesday at 8.30pm with Fazz, the bar’s very own Quiz Master. True to its Sports Bar nature, Charlie’s also has a Golf Society, Darts Team and Pool Team so if you would like to meet new people and enjoy a hobby, ask for details behind the bar. To help people integrate into life in Spain, and to help holidaymakers pick up a bit of the lingo, the bar also hosts Spanish lessons every week.
And, because the venue is rather large, it has the capacity to cater for groups and parties. So, if you are planning a special occasion, a wedding, birthday, anniversary, then this could be the perfect place Equally, if you have a club or group looking for a venue, then give Steven a call. He would be delighted to hear from keep fit groups, ballroom or line dancing, comedy evenings, slimming groups etc.
Charlie’s is open from 9am to late every day and you can get in touch via phone, email or Facebook and find out more on Trip advisor.
Charlies Sports Bar & Grill, Calle San Lucas 6, Los Montesinos. Ph: 865770345 or 722687380
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