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El Batey

Address: Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #2 of 31 Nightlife in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking
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Owner description: This buffet-style restaurant can serve you and up to 499 of your closest friends.

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Sarasota, Florida
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503 reviews 503 reviews
28 attraction reviews
242 helpful votes 242 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

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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Niagara Falls, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This place is definitely a place everyone should stop in for a quick beer. It has a fun, divey atmosphere and the bar tenders ensure you get that "you're welcome, but your not welcome" vibe. There's a juke box which hasn't been updated for a decade. There's graffiti all over the walls. The lighting is dim at best. All of... More

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New Orleans
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

staff was awesome! drinks were strong and cheap. Met so many wonderful people in this little dive. It's a must.

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Toronto, Canada
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477 helpful votes 477 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

There's no better place in Old San Juan to have a cold beer (or two!) after exploring the city. El Batey is a classic dive bar - no attitude from the staff, very humble surroundings, cheap drinks, interesting characters and even the opportunity to scrawl your name on the wall.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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124 reviews 124 reviews
40 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

This is the type of place that you wander into thinking you'll just have one and you end up staying for a few hours. The Medalla is ice cold and dirt cheap, the vibe is super laid back, and the bartender (Phillipe) seemed very cool. And the jukebox is fantastic. Seriously, you want to mentally note what is on there... More

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New York City, New York
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60 reviews 60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I went here on a solo trip looking for some friendly people to hang out with. Well, mission accomplished. Philipe the bar tender/administrator is old school good hearted friendly and just super cool.

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