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El Batey

Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Ranked #2 of 30 Nightlife in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking
Description: This buffet-style restaurant can serve you and up to 499 of your closest friends.
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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592 reviews 592 reviews
251 attraction reviews
391 helpful votes 391 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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114 reviews 114 reviews
37 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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SF Bay Area
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59 reviews 59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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minneapolis
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

El Batey isn't the kind of place you'd order a pina colada. Get a Medalla or a Barrilito on the rocks and enjoy the divey ambiance and friendly patrons. Write your name on the wall with a sharpie. Lose hours of your life, and love it. This is my favorite stop every time we're in OSJ!

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Chicago
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

We spent one of our nights in Old San Juan walking around and bar hopping. El Batey was somewhere I had heard about and definetely wanted to visit while in Old San Juan. We got there about midnight and I asked the bartender what time they closed. He said "700" I said " AM!?!?" With that said, we were there... More

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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We were in Old Town for the day and decided it was time to rest our feet and grab a beer. We were going to have dinner at Marmalade but they weren't open yet so I checked my trusted trip advisor ap and we found this little bar. Its very basic there was one bartender who was a true island... More

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