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Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-3370
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Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I wanted to visit Vesuvio because of it's association with Kerouac and cassady and the rest of the Beats. I'm glad I made it. Vesuvio is a great bar full of interesting people. They have a great selection of excellent craft beers and the walls are filled with great posters and pictures. This was a life experience for me, one... More

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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you can believe the legend, all the drug abusing poets of their time have been there: Kerouac, Hemingway and I forgot who else. It's a fun place to have a drink and watch people. Other than many places in the US, it has a history and you can feel it.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Three things you need to remember, to save the staff the repetitious time and effort. 1. There is no food served here, children cannot come in. Daft law, but a law nonetheless. Don't expect to bring your kids with you. 2. Don't pay for two beers with a credit card. Have some consideration. Equally, this is America. Tipping is obligatory.... More

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Arlington, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

We came in for a drink and were not disappointed. Great little place, very colorful and friendly. Drink was very good too. Lots of history in the place! :-) A must see while in San Francisco.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We went on a tour and got in Vesuvio for his history, bought a pint of a local beer and got kicked out after i tried to take a photo with a tripod. The waitress on the top floor treated me quite rude saying that she didn't want me to take pictures of people's faces when i told her i... More

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208 reviews 208 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Vesuvio is a slice of literary history in a bar - and rather grungier than the similar Paris establishments. This was where Jack Kerouac and other poets of the 'Beat' era hung out and the decor and atmosphere looks eerily unchanged. If you don't mind low ceilings, head to the balcony upstairs (if you can get a seat), sit back... More

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19 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

We tend to judge our holiday by great bars and pubs.....sounds sad but isn't ....and this one was my favourite. Friendly amusing staff, accommodating, good drink selection and the history of the beat poets....to top that it's comfortable, clean and interesting. We could have stayed all day but there is too much to miss here by staying too long in... More

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Queretaro, Mexico
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Just go in. Soak up the atmosphere. Drink a pint. Look at the history on the walls and maybe write a poem.

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Grapevine, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I went to Vesuvio's after two other pubs. The first was so loud that I couldn't breathe, and the second was so dull that I wanted to curl up and go to sleep. We arrived at Vesuvio's, and it was juuuuust right. The atmosphere was laid back but upbeat and positive at the same time. I loved it. We met... More

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

While we were rambling in North Beach looking for City Lights Bookstore, we came across this weird-looking bar, surrounded by colorful graffiti and odd fellows passionately singing and dancing. This mass of colors tickled my fancy and we decided to enter and have a drink. Despite the bar was very crowded, there was a very small table left in the... More

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