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Vesuvio Cafe

Open Now: 6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Was in San Francisco for two nights and went here both nights for a few drinks. Nice atmosphere and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
logiemrcraigl
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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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Nice bar

They say that Bob Dylon used to frequent this place and I didn't doubt it. It's a quirky place with... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
TamC223
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.
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255 Columbus Ave, North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-4508
Chinatown
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was in San Francisco for two nights and went here both nights for a few drinks. Nice atmosphere and good quality beers. Felt welcome even being on my own..

Thank logiemrcraigl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They say that Bob Dylon used to frequent this place and I didn't doubt it. It's a quirky place with great drinks at reasonable prices served by very friendly staff. Very busy on a Saturday night.

1  Thank TamC223
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Right by City Lights Bookstore and Kerouac Alley, we slipped in for an after-dinner port to enjoy the beatnik quirky ambience of olden days. You gotta know what you're going for in a city like SF with so many glamorous options - this is for...More

1  Thank Jamie K
Reviewed October 13, 2018

Just before we go to our reservation for dinner, we decide to stop for a couple of drinks in the Vesuvio. It is a beautiful well-decorated bar, we stay in the bar and ordered a couple of drinks, Jack & GingerAle and a glass of...More

1  Thank Camilo C
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

We must have been unlucky and visited on the wrong day when the wrong staff were on. Very slow and indifferent lady behind the bar who didn’t want to serve us. But the main problem was when we eventually got our change (it took for...More

Thank Janex_9
Reviewed August 16, 2018

My cousin took my wife and I here after dinner one night and we fell in love with the place the moment we walked in. It's very dark and small, very tight quarters. We went upstairs and located a little table near a window right...More

Thank MrHappyTravels
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

A classic. Dark, dingy, friendly, loads of history, great bartenders and next door to the City Lights bookstore. This is not the Top of the Mark for the fur coat set. This is for your inner beatnik. Strong drinks and strong opinions abound. I've never...More

Thank Carl R
Reviewed August 7, 2018 via mobile

I love my first passion is always a good TIKI bar so you know where I am coming from. Love a great local drinking hole . This hits every base. It's not romantic so don't go for a first date or to impress someone. Expect...More

Thank D2014QHmikel
Reviewed July 11, 2018 via mobile

What a cool little place - right on the edge between Chinatown and North Beach on Kerouac Alley. This is where the beatniks hung out. Lots of character and really friendly bartenders.

Thank taradiddle
Reviewed June 14, 2018

This charming, polished wood, nostalgic bar celebrates beatniks, counter-culture and the good life in San Francisco. It's great place to hang with friends and people watch in the center of downtown.

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