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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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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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$39*
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San Francisco North Beach Pub Crawl

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Still a funky bar

We visited for a drink because of the bar's history with the City Lights Bookstore and the Beat writers. But we found it's still a great bar for modern times- nice selection of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Torte_Sue
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Vonore, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This place used to be a intellectual harbor now a days its not, don't go in the morning ...forget about the Beatnicks you won't find them here anylonger!!! Unfortunately they're long gone....

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Vonore, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We visited for a drink because of the bar's history with the City Lights Bookstore and the Beat writers. But we found it's still a great bar for modern times- nice selection of beers, friendly patrons and bartender, comfy sears , and plenty of signs to read and then laugh. Had a great visit

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GREEN BAY
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Had a pint and some great conversation with the friendly bartender and fellow patrons. Come in, sit, engage and enjoy. We certainly did. Don't walk in and say "can I take a picture? and walk out." Located on the edge of Chinatown and Little Italy.

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8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Stopped in here just because Kerouac used to hang out here. It was an interesting place. Everyone was friendly. Several people started conversations with me and just a very nice vibe. Had several beers and will definitely stop in on next visit. Plus it's right next door to City Lights Bookstore.

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Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I am traveller photographer... So, I obviously have my camera with me all the time. I was literally KICKED OUT of the bar. I got in there with a couple of friends, I decided to take one single picture inside of somebody drinking a coffee... The bar tender, and old guy, asked me why was I taking pictures. I told... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Really interesting bar, great place to go for a good atmosphere and surroundings. A bit different to the touristy bars on Columbus or dive bars off it.

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Cozy atmosphere with friendly staff and an eclectic interior. Sensational bloody mary, Gosling dark and stormys, byo food. Do yourself a favor and buy a book next door and settle in for the afternoon.

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Dublin, Ireland
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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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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