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El Batey

Open Now: 1:00 PM - 7:00 AM
Open today: 1:00 PM - 7:00 AM
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Love this Dive Bar

Wandered in off the street during the day about 3:00 and lucked out finding this gem!! Want a drink... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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We went to El Batey with our friend Matt Madison

We went to El Batey with our friend Matt Madison back when Davey Jones (The owner) was still alive... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Verona, New York
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3 weeks ago
“Love this Dive Bar”
4 weeks ago
“We went to El Batey with our friend Matt Madison”
This buffet-style restaurant can serve you and up to 499 of your closest friends.
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Calle Cristo, San Juan 00901, Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wandered in off the street during the day about 3:00 and lucked out finding this gem!! Want a drink and just chill and listen to some kick ass music? This is the spot for you if you love dive bars like us. We met some...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 224crystalr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to El Batey with our friend Matt Madison back when Davey Jones (The owner) was still alive. Davey welcomed us with open arms and I still remember writing "Verona Skydive Center" on the white interior wall among all the other names. When we...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank NotAgainFromVerona
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Dive bar done right! They have these neat chandeliers made out of people's notes and business cards. A friend and I sat right at the bar and chatted with locals and tourists. Got some really good tips from the bartender about what to skip and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank wideyes36
Reviewed May 28, 2018

I can't say I agree with those who say this is the best bar in San Juan, but it's a good place to go and relax. They seem to work hard to keep the dive image going and they do a good job, but their...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank LuziAnne68
Reviewed April 9, 2018

Having been here 9 years ago, this was the first spot I honed in on while back in San Juan for just one day. So happy to hear that it had finally reopened months after the hurricane. Great staff, ice cold Medalla, and they let...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Geordie M
Reviewed February 7, 2018

A great casual bar that you can be comfortable in. There are many bars to stop in during your Old San Juan walks but my favorite is El Batey.

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank RM838
Reviewed December 11, 2017

We were there on a cruise ship day, but somehow this place remains the real deal. We sat at the bar and really enjoyed our bar man Chistobal. He quietly kept to himself until we made it clear we wanted to hear his stories. He...More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank lindymae
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Made our trip to San Juan even better. After a lot of walking around we stoppwd for a nice cold beer. Drinks are reasonably priced and the bartender was great! Very real and fun to soend the hour with. Just really good vibe, good people...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank ladylawyer0072016
Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

Awesome place. Great drinks and atmosphere. Even a pool table! Bartender is very friendly and mixes a great Mojito.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank KJBaum
Reviewed July 4, 2017 via mobile

This is the place! If in San Juan you have to stop here. One of the oldest bars in old San Juan. Amazing jukebox. Coolest bartender. Cold beers! Good mix of locals and tourist. El Batey the best dive bar in the old city.

Date of experience: July 2017
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They're open from 1 PM to 3 AM.
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Cabana in El batey and/or Sosua (1 Reply)
3 single guys from NY looking for place in Sosua near the beach (El Batey?). Dont want resort. a place where we can bring women in room without a problem. Heard about "Rocky's", "Don Andres", and "Casa Cayena". must be walking distance from the beach/action. Somethin clean and cheap. any suggestions?
April 05, 2005|
Response fromCisfixed|
I stayed at El Colibri in Sosua. It was a very nice, simple place to stay at, with an awesome pool. It costs $35 a day. The adress is: El Colibri Resort, Calle Pedro Clisante 141, Sosua. The owner is Monique Harpman. She is from the Netherlands and speaks Dutch, English and Spanish. Email her at info@elcolibri.net. She is a very nice lady. Tell her Cheryl from the United States referred you.
Vacation Rental Properties in Sosua - Villa Ana Maria area (9 Replies)
A couple of us are looking into renting a condo unit for a trip in the fall. We found the info on the internet under the website www.sosua-vacation-rentals.com. The condo unit is located in the "Villa Ana Maria" area of El Batey, Sosua. The condo unit doesn't have a name itself - on the website, it is listed as "Vacation Rental Property #1". The company who owns the property is called "Sosua Vacation Rental Company" and the owner's name is Henry Vera. Anyone familiar with this man, the...More
July 23, 2009|
Response fromB0bK|
What is the web site you found it on? If i am correct and i need to see it on the web site. The area is east of "downtown" sosua and a 10 min walk into the main area (shopping, restaurants, bars,food stores). It is also in an area that i would make sure had 24/7security. Let me know the web site. BObK
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Hotel Ana Celia (6 Replies)
Another one for BobK ,,,, Can you please tell me exactly where Hotel Ana Celia is : Pedro Clisante # 35 , Sosúa El Batey, Is it towards the beach end of Pedro Clisante or at the other end near let say Plaza Europa ? and what buisnesses are beside it if any ? Do you know of this hotel ? any and ALL comments are much appreciated ,,,, Phil
November 01, 2014|
Response fromB0bK|
It really is not on Pedro Clisante but on the extension of the street around the bend and on the way to the Playa Chiquita Casino. It is on the extreme end of town from the beach and would be a 25 min walk to town. ti is a good 15 min past hotel Europa. There are no real businesses other than a couple of small colmados around it. I have no experience with the hotel BObK