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El Batey

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Address: Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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2:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
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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Some of life greatest experiences happened at El Batey

I am now 61 years old, but when I return to El Batey in Old San Juan I travel back in time to my college days, and nothing has changed. Several generations of 20th century... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I am now 61 years old, but when I return to El Batey in Old San Juan I travel back in time to my college days, and nothing has changed. Several generations of 20th century SanJuaneros will attest to what I am writing. The "Rum Diaries" were born here. This place is to Hunter Thompson and Puerto Rico what "la... More 

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Milwaukee, WI
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

El Batey was recommended by a friend of a friend but I'm not sure I agree. The drink was stiff and the owner was tending bar. Kind of dirty but not in a good way....smoking in the bar. Yuck.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Though I did not spend near enough time there, this has to be one of the finest drinking bars in the world. Absolutely no frills. Lots of well-priced liquor. Good and quirky bartender, and the kind of character other bars can only dream of. If you have been to the Chart Room in New Orleans, you know exactly what I... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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50 helpful votes 50 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
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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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125 attraction reviews
355 helpful votes 355 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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7 reviews 7 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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