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Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA (Chinatown)
415-362-3370
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Ranked #4 of 277 nightlife in San Francisco
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Activities: Drinking, Nightlife
Description: This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
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San Francisco, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I have been to this bar three times now. The first two times were great. I liked the ambience and the service was great. I would have happily recommended this place. The third time was for a friend's birthday. Three of us arrived and sat down. The waitress came to take our order and brought us our drinks right away.... More

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Bunschoten, The Netherlands
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

My name is Jeroen Willemsen, and tonight Friday 3 January 2014 me and my dad visited the Vesuvio for the third time. We arrived at the bar around 11:00 PM. We were served by a fat man, who has a black moustache / beard. At our second round, this bartender asked if the 8 dollars for two Budweisers was "all... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

After just one visit this is my new favorite bar in the whole world. If you have the slightest interest in the Beat Generation and their writings this place is pretty much a shrine. Kerouac was here, many, many, too many times. If you're interested in Beat artists and their lives and times the atmosphere in this place is electric.... More

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

They allow outside food upstairs (at least at lunch - not sure about dinner) so we bought pizza at Tony's Take Out and enjoyed it with a couple of glasses of wine. Everyone is friendly. You could spend hours examining all the items on the walls. We'll be back.

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Scotland UK
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Read about this place before going to San Francisco and was not disappointed, atmosphere and character of this place was amazing with a very mixed crowd of all ages. Cocktails were great, would definitely recommend to anyone visiting San Francisco.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013 via mobile

The decor is very cool, art-deco vibe. Quite a few good beers on tap. A great little bar in its own right - aside from its obvious Beat affiliations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

Just go, the atmosphere and surroundings are great. It's amazing that its not yet covered in hipsters. Drinks were not expensive and the vibe is just right.

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