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El Batey

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Address: Calle Cristo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Wed - Sun 14:00 - 00:00
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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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Every time we visit San Juan we always have to visit El Batey. The coolest bar in town. Stop in have a beer, meet some great people, and make sure you sign your male... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
mannsonamission
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we visit San Juan we always have to visit El Batey. The coolest bar in town. Stop in have a beer, meet some great people, and make sure you sign your male somewhere!

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Thank mannsonamission
Farmington, Connecticut
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49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every inch of the walls and ceiling is covered with signatures and sayings, making this place just visually interesting and very cool. Jukebox is incredible, beers are cold, bar tender is down-to-earth. This place is real, and one of my favorite bars in the world.

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Thank CT_JLG_77
Yelm, Washington
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great little dive bar, the rum punch was delicious (and potent)! Prices were the best we found, don't forget cash, they don't accept cards.

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Thank mel3344
Oslo, Norway
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78 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

This very quirky and special bar must be experienced. Never seen anything like it - with lots of old and new graffiti on the walls (and ceiling!), guest (and bar personnel) drawing from the 70's on the wall, an old juke-box with tons of great music (you can choose yourself) from the 60's and 70's, and of course the bar... More 

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Thank Henning D
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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80 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

We had a terrible experience here because of other patrons harassing me and making obscene gestures. This is not the fault of the establishment, but the female bartender continued to laugh at the two men and encourage them. I guess they didn't know I spoke Spanish, however, based on the gestures, anyone could understand. This was the worst experience I... More 

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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

The most fascinating thing with the place is that it's literally covered floor to ceiling with graffiti, you get a pen in the bar to improve it yourself. The bar itself is not really a place to get a fancy cocktail, more like a "beer + shot" place

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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56 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

We stopped in for beers before dinner. The venue was colorful and we met some nice tourists at the bar. The drinks were only average and it wasn't possible to get any food. We stopped by in the evening before dinner at about 8-8:30 pm. The place was pretty dead. Maybe this would be more lively later in the evening.

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Thank MelissaHE
Portland, Maine
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76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Overall, our favorite bar while in Old San Juan/Condado for a week (and doing our fair share of drinking). It's easy to get hung up on what's a dive bar, what's not a dive bar. My dive bars are typically prone to serving only cheap, watery beer and strong drinks made with mid-shelf liquors at best. This is not that... More 

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Willis, Texas
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385 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We found this place by complete chance our last trip and had to return this time. It's a neat place where the atmosphere is friendly and the decorations are eclectic! We really enjoy this place. Glad we were able to find it again.

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Thank BedCab
Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Cheap, cold beer, strong drinks, excellent jukebox (when you select a CD that isn't scratched) graffiti all over the walls, no air conditioning, nasty bathrooms. My favorite bar in Old San Juan!

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Thank Krag S

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