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Vesuvio Cafe

Open Now: 6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Was in San Francisco for two nights and went here both nights for a few drinks. Nice atmosphere and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Nice bar

They say that Bob Dylon used to frequent this place and I didn't doubt it. It's a quirky place with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Very good30%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
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255 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508
+1 415-362-3370
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 29 May 2005

A favourite haunt of the beat generation and poets including the writer Jack Kerouac, across from the famous City Lights bookstore, this delightful bar exudes both history and charm. A gaslit candle chandelier hangs above the bar which fronts a large mirror, coloured glass lightshades...More

7  Thank Grazie
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

We were excited to come to a cute bar and have a couple of drinks with girlfriends... We were quickly disappointed. We sat at an upstairs table with a terribly rude waitress, short red hair who was very pretentious and made us feel as though...More

4  Thank kpoland24
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was in San Francisco for two nights and went here both nights for a few drinks. Nice atmosphere and good quality beers. Felt welcome even being on my own..

Thank logiemrcraigl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

They say that Bob Dylon used to frequent this place and I didn't doubt it. It's a quirky place with great drinks at reasonable prices served by very friendly staff. Very busy on a Saturday night.

1  Thank TamC223
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Right by City Lights Bookstore and Kerouac Alley, we slipped in for an after-dinner port to enjoy the beatnik quirky ambience of olden days. You gotta know what you're going for in a city like SF with so many glamorous options - this is for...More

1  Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just before we go to our reservation for dinner, we decide to stop for a couple of drinks in the Vesuvio. It is a beautiful well-decorated bar, we stay in the bar and ordered a couple of drinks, Jack & GingerAle and a glass of...More

1  Thank Camilo C
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

We must have been unlucky and visited on the wrong day when the wrong staff were on. Very slow and indifferent lady behind the bar who didn’t want to serve us. But the main problem was when we eventually got our change (it took for...More

Thank Janex_9
Reviewed 16 August 2018

My cousin took my wife and I here after dinner one night and we fell in love with the place the moment we walked in. It's very dark and small, very tight quarters. We went upstairs and located a little table near a window right...More

Thank MrHappyTravels
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

A classic. Dark, dingy, friendly, loads of history, great bartenders and next door to the City Lights bookstore. This is not the Top of the Mark for the fur coat set. This is for your inner beatnik. Strong drinks and strong opinions abound. I've never...More

Thank Carl R
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

I love my first passion is always a good TIKI bar so you know where I am coming from. Love a great local drinking hole . This hits every base. It's not romantic so don't go for a first date or to impress someone. Expect...More

Thank D2014QHmikel
Reviewed 12 July 2018 via mobile

What a cool little place - right on the edge between Chinatown and North Beach on Kerouac Alley. This is where the beatniks hung out. Lots of character and really friendly bartenders.

Thank taradiddle
Reviewed 14 June 2018

This charming, polished wood, nostalgic bar celebrates beatniks, counter-culture and the good life in San Francisco. It's great place to hang with friends and people watch in the center of downtown.

Thank DonnaandCraig
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gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or
practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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