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Vesuvio Cafe

Address: 255 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA (Chinatown)
Phone Number: 415-362-3370
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$35*
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93%
Ranked #7 of 281 Nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs, Bars
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
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Owner description: This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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134 reviews 134 reviews
61 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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
42 helpful votes 42 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
101 reviews 101 reviews
34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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83 reviews 83 reviews
20 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The drinks are good and strong. I had the Jack Kerouac. It was tasty. The walls are full of cool art and history. Take a minute have a drink and read the walls. Don't bring your kids!

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

great little bar tucked in an alleyway. Great atmosphere and service. Close proximity to transport and places to eat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

The atmosphere was the best part about this place. It's where many of the Beat writers gathered to create and discuss ideas. To me, I could feel the creative energy flowing through this place. There were lively conversations all around. It was such a good combination of an awesome cafe for reading and chilling during the day, and bar, socializing... More

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Burgdorf, Switzerland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I love this old bar, where one can imagine America as it was back in the 50's. The location is good and the decorations are cool. Plenty of beers on tap, and lots of drinks

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