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Vesuvio Cafe

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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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This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years...

This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.

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Very popular place - Hippie meet Jugend Style

This is an awesome bar that has a second floor with very low ceiling. We only had drinks. We could look below to the bar and follow the b/w pic show and whatever baseball game... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015
Bellevue, Washington

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Finally got a chance to go in, will never return. Sat down, wife and I ordered drinks, handed the card over to pay and were told the bar had a ten-dollar minimum. We checked our cash situation, didn't have enough, asked if there was an ATM nearby, bartender told us, following up with "Cash is always best, especially around here.... More 

Thank Damien M
Bellevue, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is an awesome bar that has a second floor with very low ceiling. We only had drinks. We could look below to the bar and follow the b/w pic show and whatever baseball game that was on. In the weekend this place was packed. Very popular. On the opposite wall there's a distinctive painting of the Mexican regional war... More 

Thank NielsNybo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

I have been meaning to write a review for almost a year (sorry)! Beautiful little bar with lots of character. However it was let down by a very rude, sexist member of staff. When I asked him to recommend a cocktail he looked at my boyfriend and said 'I have one like her at home. No point.' This might have... More 

1 Thank 2012sacha24
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 293 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Stopped in for a drink and it was a smallish bar with decent bartenders. There are pictures and all sorts of things all over the walls to give it a cool atmosphere. Prices are average for drinks.

Thank morganrep
Maynooth, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

we went to Vesuvio for drinks. it is a bar not a restaurant. It is busy, cluttered, vivacious and one excellent place to while away some time when in North Beach.

Thank Colm104
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Wandering in here for a drink you can imagine the beats tucked into a table, writing, debating or dreaming. Its like stepping back in time, very authentic atmosphere.

Thank kelp23
Indianapolis, IN
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Stopped by after lunch in Chinatown for an adult libation. Very nice and a local institution. Next to City Lights Booksellers.

Thank d828
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Opened In the 50s, The City Lights Bookshop was notorious for the content of some of it's books and the authors who frequented it. owner poet lawrence Ferlinghetti, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Paul Krasner, & Tim Leary were regular visitors and they all would go across the alley to The Vesuvio Cafe. Nowadays it's more of a bar than a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

There are few times when I feel DON'T like a "tourist" even though I am. I feel that I prepare for my trips with enough historical perspective to pay homage to the places I visit rather than just be a transient shutterbug. This "temple" to the Beat Generation poets is an absolute must see. And as it turns out it... More 

3 Thank Doug W
Rheinberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

I have been here repeatedly over the years. Nothing has really changed, the beer is good as always, a lot of tourists, just a few locals, that's the way it is in North Beach. A great place to meet people and to get the beat.

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