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Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA (Chinatown)
415-362-3370
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Ranked #5 of 281 Nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
Description: This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Golden Gate? Fisherman's Wharf? Alcatraz? No. This was the #1 site that I had to see and the absolute first stop for me in San Francisco. It is a landmark among drinking establishments and of incredible significance in the history of American arts and letters. You can definitely feel it quite a bit. Mike and Joanna were great bartenders and... More

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80 reviews 80 reviews
25 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Vesuvio Café has a lovely atmosphere: open, kind and fun. We had drinks there and enjoyed a few cocktails. Fab place!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The drinks are good and strong. I had the Jack Kerouac. It was tasty. The walls are full of cool art and history. Take a minute have a drink and read the walls. Don't bring your kids!

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

great little bar tucked in an alleyway. Great atmosphere and service. Close proximity to transport and places to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The atmosphere was the best part about this place. It's where many of the Beat writers gathered to create and discuss ideas. To me, I could feel the creative energy flowing through this place. There were lively conversations all around. It was such a good combination of an awesome cafe for reading and chilling during the day, and bar, socializing... More

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Burgdorf, Switzerland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I love this old bar, where one can imagine America as it was back in the 50's. The location is good and the decorations are cool. Plenty of beers on tap, and lots of drinks

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I have been to this bar three times now. The first two times were great. I liked the ambience and the service was great. I would have happily recommended this place. The third time was for a friend's birthday. Three of us arrived and sat down. The waitress came to take our order and brought us our drinks right away.... More

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Bunschoten, The Netherlands
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

My name is Jeroen Willemsen, and tonight Friday 3 January 2014 me and my dad visited the Vesuvio for the third time. We arrived at the bar around 11:00 PM. We were served by a fat man, who has a black moustache / beard. At our second round, this bartender asked if the 8 dollars for two Budweisers was "all... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

After just one visit this is my new favorite bar in the whole world. If you have the slightest interest in the Beat Generation and their writings this place is pretty much a shrine. Kerouac was here, many, many, too many times. If you're interested in Beat artists and their lives and times the atmosphere in this place is electric.... More

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

They allow outside food upstairs (at least at lunch - not sure about dinner) so we bought pizza at Tony's Take Out and enjoyed it with a couple of glasses of wine. Everyone is friendly. You could spend hours examining all the items on the walls. We'll be back.

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