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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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Neat little bar with good bartenders.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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.

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Maynooth, Ireland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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.

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Indianapolis, IN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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Mississauga
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
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 

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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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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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