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Vesuvio Cafe

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Chinatown
Bars & clubs, Nightlife
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Address: 255 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-362-3370
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6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
Description: This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
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Bought the t-shirt!

On our first trip to SF we visited Vesuvio a couple of times and really felt at home. On our second trip we visited Vesuvio a few more times and decided it's definitely our kind... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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87 reviews 87 reviews
11 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

On our first trip to SF we visited Vesuvio a couple of times and really felt at home. On our second trip we visited Vesuvio a few more times and decided it's definitely our kind of bar. Its walls are covered in pics/drawings/articles/notes about and from the beat generation and others (all cool). The drinks are reasonably priced, the staff... More 

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Makawao, Hawaii
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This is our favorite, go to watering hole in North Beach. Sit upstairs to watch the patrons upstairs and down. You can also see the action on the streets. Good vibes. Good drinks -- nothing fancy. Good fun. Clean bathroom.

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San Francisco, California
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299 reviews 299 reviews
58 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

...and across the alley from City Lights. Cheap drinks, friendly service, chock-a-block with interesting writerly memorabilia, from the Beats and beyond. If you like people watching, interesting cast of local characters as well.

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Santa Monica, California
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215 reviews 215 reviews
70 attraction reviews
209 helpful votes 209 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This place is the epitome of cool. If you are too cool for school, it will be cool enough for you. If you don't feel that you are very cool, you will feel cool while you are there. City Lights Bookstore is next door and a must visit - especially after a couple drinks. Have he drinks... go buy a... More 

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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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134 reviews 134 reviews
61 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The heady days of political movement, and freedom of speech and belief in San Francisco, are legendary. Across Columbus from the Beat Museum is the infamous Vesuvio Cafe, haunt of the rebellious Beat poets. Unpretentious and authentic this is a great stop-off before visiting the ground breaking City Lights bookshop next door. I guess you never know who you might... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
37 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

This place reeks of cultural history....Kerouac, Ginsberg, etc, yet the place never gives a "you ain't cool enough" vibe. We hung out for a few hours drinking, talking and laughing with pleasant, funny down to earth barkeeps, Joanna and another young lady, sorry, didn't get her name. Wish we had more time the just sit and enjoy the world pass... More 

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San Francisco, California, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

I would love to give Vesuvio a 5-star review. It's a San Francisco landmark! The beat generation, City Lights bookstore, etc. I love it at night. Or anytime other than Monday through Thursday after 2 p.m. Fact is, some people work graveyard, or are in North Beach on a day off and want to have a beer at 9 a.m.... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is not a trendy place but Oh boy! it is a great place to have a beer and see the world pass by. The prices are really affordable and the service is good! We had a great time chilling out there after hiking the city all day long.

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
36 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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