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The Crown of Downtown

Charlamagne's was created from a long-time passion to bring a social experience of food, drink, and fun to Augusta's historic downtown. We offer live entertainment along with a great selection of beer, wine, cocktails, and great food.
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Charlamagne's Bar & Lounge

Open Tuesday - Saturday
4pm - 12am
228 Water Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
207 512-8806

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Welcome, my friends, to Charlamagne’s Bar & Lounge!


welcome to Carlamagnes - "The Crown of Downtown"Located in downtown Augusta, Charlamagne’s has an upscale, cosmopolitan
feel and offers a relaxing place to enjoy good food, wine and spirits, live entertainment - a warm and welcoming atmosphere to share with friends. 

Our goal for Charlamagne’s is to be a home away from home - a place where one can listen to music, watch a game, laugh, meet old friends and make new ones.

Charlamagne’s exposed brick wall shows the character of the 125-year-old building, while the boldness of its polished cement bar and subtleness of hung Tiffany lamps shows a uniqueness not found anywhere in Central Maine.  

The letter “C” from Chernowsky’s department store is still engraved in the beautiful stone tile on the ground at the front door.  This played a major part in choosing the name Charlamagne’s.

I was born and raised in Augusta and remember very well the bustle of Water Street when I was a child.  My parents have told me countless stories about
this city in their day, when downtown Augusta was a thriving business and entertainment community. I am honored to have a proactive part in breathing life back into downtown, and I hope that the contribution of Charlamagne’s will help do just that.

Thank you, and welcome to the Crown of Downtown!

Tina Charest,
Owner/Operator of Charlamagne's


Our Beer List



Bud Light
Magic Hat #9
Allagash White
Samuel Adams
Samuel Adams -Seasonal
Rebel IPA
Baxter IPA
Rotating Tap

Charlamagne's Bar and Lounge - Queen beer tap



Bud Light
Bud Light Platinum
Miller Lite
Coors Light
Twisted Tea
Michelob Ultra
Michelob Light
Double Bag
Stella Artois
Angry Orchard
   -Cinnful Apple
   -Crisp Apple
Kaliber (non-alcoholic)

Malt Liquor: Twisted Tea





House Wines

We offer Copper Ridge Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass.

White Wines

William Hill – Chardonnay
This wine offers aromas and flavors of ripe tree fruit, underscored by hints of brown spice, citrus and tropical fruit. Hailing mostly from Sonoma and Mendocino, with a touch of fruit from Napa, this well-integrated wine has excellent acidity and a creamy mouthfeel.

Santa Marta – Pinot Grigio
Fruitier and more heavy bodied than one expects of a Pinot Grigio.
Accents of honey, reminding one of the South German whites made from that grape. 

Mohua – Sauvignon Blanc
An elegant wine with aromas of guava and lime combined with an expressive palate of nectarine and grapefruit. A vibrant wine with a long refreshing finish.

Heinz Eifel - Riesling
This riesling is made from late-harvested Riesling grapes in the middle Mosel Valley of Germany. These grapes hang into late Autumn and ripen such that they produce a rich, full-bodied white wine. This is an elegant Riesling that offers a palate of different stone and tree fruit notes such as peach and apricot. It is luscious and full-bodied with a long and fresh finish.

Red Wines

Cousiño Macul – Cabernet Sauvignon 
An intense deep ruby red color, clear and bright, the 2010 vintage presents itself with a marked bouquet of ripe berries typical of the Maipo valley. The aromas then give way to mature plums and spice. In mouth, it is fresh, with good acidity and firm, velvety tannins and light notes of black fruits, typical of the variety.

Bridlewood – Pinot Noir 
Our Monterey County Pinot Noir displays lush floral aromas that extend to the palate and combine with dark fruit flavors of raspberry and dark cherry with hints of caramel and toffee. This wine has a complex structure that is framed by floral and black pepper notes, creating an elegant mouthfeel and lingering finish.

Tilia – Malbec
This MalbecAromas of black cherries and plums are accompanied by notes of violets and vanilla. On the palate the wine is rich and full-bodied with flavors of juicy blackberries, cranberries, and black currants abound, followed by notes of vanilla and sweet spice.

Edna Valley - Merlot

Thi merlot opens with aromas of cocoa powder, anise and black cherry, complemented by hints of leather and humidor. Fine tannins and a bright acidity create a rich, balanced mouthfeel.


Liquor and Spirits


Charlamagne's Bar  and Lounge Drink List

Charlamagne's has a great variety of liqour and spirits


Specialty Drinks

Pomegranate Splash

Ashley's creation! Three Olives Pomegranate, tonic water and a drizzle of pomegranate syrup served over ice in a low ball glass with a limed rim. A favorite!

The Survivor

Tina conjured up this pink cosmo in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness. A delicious blend of X-Rated liqueur, Absolut and cranberry juice, topped with a splash of Sprite. Served in a chilled glass. Delicious!

Fresh Peach

Nickole's reinvented version of an Old Fashioned! Fresh mint leaves and peach syrup muddled with a sugar cube and bitters. Shaken with Makers Mark whiskey and served over ice with a mint leaf garnish. You will love this!

Blood Orange Margarita

Hornitos Reposada tequila, simple syrup, fresh blood orange juice and a touch of sour mix. Served with a salted rim and garnished with a fruit wedge. Ole!

Cucumber Cooler

Fresh cucumber, watermelon syrup and lime muddled and shaken with Hendrick's gin. Served over ice in a low ball glass with a cucumber slice. Cool and flavorful!

Spring Breeze

Midori, Orange Stoki, Triple Sec and sour mix. Garnished with orange and served in a chilled cosmo glass. Refreshingly sweet!

Downtown Sunrise

Created by Tina, named by Stacy (of Stacy's Hallmark), this is the official drink of the first Downtown Augusta "Cash Mob". Orange Stoli, Absolut Vanilla, Cointreau, orange juice and cranberry juice. Served in a sugared rim glass and garnished with an orange slice. Tastes like a creamsicle!

Rum Bucket

Cruzan rum flavors of coconut, pineapple, citrus and banana mixed with orange, cranberry and pineapple juices, a drizzle of grenadine and garnished with orange and cherry to finish it off. Served in a 32oz bucket! Guaranteed to make you think of the islands!

Fish Bowl

Pinnacle Rainbow Sherbert, Pinnacle Pineapple, Hypnotq Liqueur and Blue Curacao mixed with sour mix, pineapple juice and Sprite. Served in a 32oz fish bowl complete with gummy fish! Fun and yummy!


Apple Pie Shots - Liquid dessert! A fun favorite at Charlamagne's! $3.00
Jello Shots - Ask your server about the flavors Ashley has conjured up this week! $2.00

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flavors of the day


Charlamagne’s Menu

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Spinach Artichoke Dip $7.99
A blend of spinach and artichoke topped with melted cheese and served with toasted bread.

French Onion Soup $6.99
Our classic homemade soup baked in the oven with toasted bread and Swiss cheese until brown and bubbly. 
(Please ask us about our Soup Of The Day)

Nachos $7.99
Tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, fresh lettuce and diced tomatoes and served with a side of our homemade salsa. 
Sour cream upon request.  Loaded nachos, with marinated chicken and jalapenos add $2.00. 

Stuffed Mushroom Caps $7.99
Mushroom caps filled with homemade stuffing and topped with melted cheese.

Pound-O’-Wings $11.99
A full pound of delicious wings baked in your choice of our house sauces 
~  buffalo, bbq, teriyaki, pineapple glaze 
~ served with a side of celery.


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Chicken Pot Pie $11.99
Delicious homemade chicken pot pie baked in a flaky crust. 
Tina’s famous recipe!  Served with a side salad.

Charlamagne’s Seasonal Salad $11.99
Grilled chicken, mixed greens, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, bacon,
walnuts, and cheddar cheese served with a side of cranberry vinaigrette
(substitute chicken with lemon pepper garlic smoked rainbow trout for $2.00 more)

Panini Combo Meal $10.99
Our delicious Rueben or Pesto Chicken Panini served with a cup homemade soup OR side salad.

Buffalo Chicken Caesar Salad $10.99
Crisp Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese,
topped with grilled chicken marinated in our own buffalo sauce.


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Picture Perfect Pizzas
16 inch – Served on white or wheat fresh dough
Will serve 10” size when requested
All sauces are made in house and topped with our original blend of cheese


La Reine $14.99
Alfredo sauce, cheese, tomato, roasted red peppers and mushrooms.

Crown $14.99
Butter garlic sauce, cheese, tomato, red onions and mushrooms.


Charlamagne’s Hawaiian $14.99
Red sauce, cheese, ham, pineapple and bacon.


Parisian Pesto $16.49
Pesto sauce, cheese, spinach leaves and roasted red peppers.


Royal Buffalo Chicken $16.49
Buffalo sauce, cheese, red onions and marinated buffalo chicken.


King’s Ransom $16.49
Red sauce, cheese, pepperoni, sausage, hamburg, bacon, onions, mushrooms, green peppers.


Paint Your Own $11.99 (cheese)
Your choice of sauce: red, Alfredo, pesto or garlic butter…smothered with cheese.  Choice of toppings are bacon, pepperoni, hamburg, chicken, ham, red onions, mushrooms, jalapenos, green peppers, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, spinach, pineapple.

Additional Toppings
$1.00 for vegetables ~ $1.50 for meats

Gift Certificates Available

What's Going Ona calendar of events


Tuesday night is an early night of music where we have your favorite local artists entertaining you from 6:00-8:00.  All are welcome to come down and show your support while you enjoy the food, drink and atmosphere of Charlamagne's.

Wednesday Night is Open Mic Night hosted by the one and only Andrew Truman.  Everyone loves a great open mic and you are sure to have a fun time with old friends and make new ones.  A guaranteed fabulous night!

Thursday Night is Trivia Night.  Come play and we promise you will walk away with more knowledge and a smile... and maybe the evening's winning score!  It's always fun on Trivia Night!

Friday and Saturdays House Live Music.  Check out the calendar to see who's entertaining you this weekend!

Stay tuned for the posting of special events you won't want to miss!

Featured Artist
Aaron McClure


Aaron McClure

Aaron D. McClure resides in Readfield, Maine, with his wife Sara, two boys Cashman and Keagan, and two dogs Stella and Phyllis.  After a decade in the banking and finance world, Aaron decided to pursue his passions for working with children and his artwork.  He currently works with children with special needs at Central Maine Learning Center.  He is also very passionate about the local community athletic programs for which he volunteers his time to coach youth sports.  He served as the varsity men’s assistant basketball coach at Maranacook High School for five years and last year served as the eighth grade boys’ basketball coach.


Charcoal Drawing – The Process

Shades of Gray clients typically provide Aaron with a photograph that they would like to have reproduced in charcoal.  Aaron has also worked in tandem with photographers on commissioned and original products.  Requests for commissioned pieces have ranged from portraits, homesteads, landscapes, pets, sports memorabilia, and celebrities.  YOU have an idea??  He is willing to take on any challenge that you can come up with.

Aaron’s work is unique due to the unusual process that he uses.  He starts with a black or dark gray canvas (paper) and starts his pieces with white charcoal.  Think of drawing the negative of an image, or as he describes it, “drawing in reverse.”  He is able to view the image in the photograph and transfer it onto the dark canvas by “pulling” the shades of gray out of the paper.  Aaron focuses on the very fine details of a picture to create a piece in the genre of Photorealism.

Completed pieces are delivered to the client matted and framed in either standard store-bought frames or custom frames created on site by Larry McClure, Aaron’s father.

Please view other samples and price ranges at

For a quote, please contact Aaron via phone, email or Facebook.


Shades of Gray
Facebook:  Art by Aaron McClure
(207) 240-0646


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Looking for a venue for your private function? Call Tina at 242-2711 for dates and information.


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