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Review of El Batey

El Batey
Ranked #4 of 47 Nightlife in San Juan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This buffet-style restaurant can serve you and up to 499 of your closest friends.
Reviewed September 13, 2012

How u doing im Ivan the bartender from el batey. Right now were on vacations so we be back in 2 weeks sorry again for the trouble if u came by

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Reviewed July 21, 2012

Being from Minneapolis, I can say this bar( as anyone who ever visited the Twin Cities and truly sampled the so-called "Dive Bar" scene could attest) is very much a subtropical Palmer's.... I can say this with authority having both bounced and bartended at the Palm Club for some years... only Palmer's doesn't have room for pool tables.... the juke box is awesome(although it could do with some Clash, et.al... but as a place we stayed and drank till 4, it was total awesomeness... especially considering our early morning flight back to Uffdaland...

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Reviewed June 16, 2012

I love a good dive bar so upon reading reviews on tripadvisor as well as other sites I knew I had to come here. I'm not going to lie though when my girlfriend and I first walked in we took a look around and were a bit skeptical. We decided we'd have one drink and leave. Well before we knew it it was 1am, we were many drinks in, and we had made friends with the locals that frequent this place. It's not the bar, but the people that come here that make this place special. If you come to El Batey you must go in open minded and willing to talk to the local people. They were so appreciative of us being there and talking with them. We spent 5 nights in Old San Juan and two of them were in this place. it would have been 3 but they were closed on our last night, which was a Monday.

Oh, I should also mention that the jukebox here is great. If you like classic rock, you'll love it. If you meet a man named Francisco tell him Ryan and Lacey say hello!

Thank gandeeman07
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Reviewed March 14, 2012

This place will rock your world...that is, if you are cool with true dive bars. I don't mean the wanna be dive bar, I mean an actual dive bar. The jukebox was awesome, the drinks were perfect, and the bartender (Ivan??) was right on. There were locals, there were tourists, and everyone was more than taken care.

OK, so the bathroom was a little scary- wet floors always weird me out- but then again, it's a dive bar- why wouldn't the bathroom floor be wet. I can honestly say without hesitation this may be my new favorite bar. It's one of the first parts of our vacation we talk about and recommend it to everyone we know traveling to Puerto Rico.

Seriously, this place rocks.

2  Thank TravelingCoaches
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

If you are not a fan of señor frog than this might be for you. Cool jukebox, Ivan is bartender's bartender.

Thank Murphyart
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