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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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A proper Bar

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Maynooth, Ireland

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Maynooth, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

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 39 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 4 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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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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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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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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Address: 255 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-362-3370
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 6:00 am - 2:00 am

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