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El Batey

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Address: Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Wed - Sun 2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Activities: Drinking
Description: This buffet-style restaurant can serve you and up to 499 of your closest...
This buffet-style restaurant can serve you and up to 499 of your closest friends.
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Are you looking for food? Tasty mixed drinks? Cleanliness? Service? Don't go here. Are you looking for a unique dive bar experience that's cool as hell? One that makes you feel... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Thomas S
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Are you looking for food? Tasty mixed drinks? Cleanliness? Service? Don't go here. Are you looking for a unique dive bar experience that's cool as hell? One that makes you feel like you're on a movie set with a great selection of tunes? Go here!

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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

This is probably one of the oldest bars in the Old San Juan area, or at least that is how it looks. As someone who enjoys dive bars this one is top ranking! Cold beer, strong drinks, cramped pool table area and hours of operation that vary by whom may on staff at any given time. They have their own... More 

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northern ohio
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

The four of us stopped in on a whim for a quick shot of Fireball. The barmaid was cute and fairly friendly- the highlight of the day was when her tough demeanor dropped off and her face lit up and she flashed a huge smile when we left her a very generous tip. We were the only people there, I... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This place defines don't judge a book by it's cover. From the outside this place may look off putting to some but the drinks are cheap and the bartender does not skimp on the alcohol. This was one of my favorite places I visited when I was in Old San Juan. Very chill atmosphere and the bar decor is really... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

El Batey is exactly what my husband and I were looking for. Good drinks, good prices, no fuss. We don't want the typical touristy spot- we like to go where the locals go and El Batey is the place. We can't wait to go back!!

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Sarasota, Florida
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692 reviews 692 reviews
98 attraction reviews
313 helpful votes 313 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a great little bar in old town, with tons of atmosphere... Well worth a visit for a drink, or two, or three, or more maybe :-) If you want fabulous food, Bodega Chic is a few doors up the street - the cocktails are fabulous and the food is all freshly made and extremely good :-)

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Washington, DC
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This was my go to joint for drinks in Old San Juan. Haven't been here for a few years, so was looking to reconnect on a recent trip. Went there yesterday, but the place was closed, there was a padlock on the door and some official notice type sign on the door. I have no idea what the story is-... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

I had a great time at this bar. It was cheap and had great music. What I loved the most was people from all over the world where here. I don't think I saw not even one local. It w as cool. Def a must try. Bartenders were cool too.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great bartenders and locals! Good, cheap drinks and fab jukebox! Bring a business card and a sharpie.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My boyfriend and I stopped here (by stopped I mean I was pulled in by the sounds of Killer Queen emanating from the place) for a drink on our last trip to PR. Awesome! Bartenders were really chill, GREAT drinks (strong too!), great music. We even tagged the wall; we didn't have a sharpie so we asked the bartender and... More 

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