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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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Nice atmosphere inside, with lots of people hanging around at Jack Kerouac Alley. Being from Cork... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cork, Ireland
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Very kitschy place with lots going on, there was a book club meeting the night we were there. Very... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tenerife, Spain
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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
+1 415-362-3370
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice atmosphere inside, with lots of people hanging around at Jack Kerouac Alley. Being from Cork it has a similar vibe to Mutton Lane.

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very kitschy place with lots going on, there was a book club meeting the night we were there. Very arty with a young crowd. Not the friendliest of places, guy behind the bar quite abrupt, but I guess they're quite busy. No wifi but not...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed January 7, 2019 via mobile

We left a grouchy restaurant and came here for a quick drink before heading back to the hotel for the evening. The waitress at Vesuvio was so kind and friendly. We took our time and enjoyed our cocktails. Highly recommend, good vibes here!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Rhawig
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Love this place. 2 stories. Yet quaint. People say beat spot in town. It’s very artsy and very cool. A must drop in for some drinks. I didn’t give it a 5 star bc their well tequila was bad. But that’s prob my fault for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

Go here for a drink and a bit of history. Maybe you can be inspired to write that next bestseller. Maybe you can meet the next famous poet. I just wished they served a bit of bar food. But it is a must go to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018 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..

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 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.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2018
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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

Date of experience: September 2018
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Michelle M
Short amount of time in SF. Help!! (4 Replies)
Ok. So my husband and I are coming into SF on a Saturday in 3 weeks. We are leaving early morning on Monday to move on to Pt. Reyes seashore then Napa. It is our first trip and as you can imagine a lot of planning. We are not the kind of people that arrive and say "what to you want to do now?" or just go into a restaurant because it is there. Everything is very calculated, especially when we don't have a long time. We are foodies, love wine and are in our 30s (if that helps). Feeling a little...More
April 21, 2013|
Response fromMichelle M|
Just heard about Yang Sing on another post right now and the reviews look really good. We definitely want to try as much local cuisine as possible.
Washington, DC Area
Vesuvio Cafe (3 Replies)
Hi, Has anyone got any words on the Vesuvio Cafe? What is the vibe like and most importantly what do they serve? I would like to go there for breakfast--is that even an option or is it just bar? I plan to see Coit Tower with my friend @ 10 but would be great to check out a near by restaurant for a quick bite to eat. Would vesuvio fit the bill?
January 23, 2005|
Response fromDenise T|
None of my travel books say if food is served however the place is very centrally located in North Beach, the Italian neighborhood and there a tons of great restaurants on Columbus. So, go ahead and plan to go and see City Lights bookstore too, and eat anywhere that delights you. Have a great time. The view from Coit is fabulous.
Washington, DC Area
1 Day in SF--possible itinerary? (1 Reply)
Hi, Is it possible to see North Beach attractions (e.g., lombard street, coit tower, Vesuvio cafe/City Lights) and Market Street attractions (ferry building, the Metreon) all within a span from 10 am to 6pm in one day? also which would it make sense to check out first?
January 19, 2005|
Response fromTravlin'Prankster|
Roadtravlr...Yes...Without much difficulty really...but it is a busy day. Begin at The Ferry Bldg...grab some snacks from the very nice market, and head on out. Go north on the Embarcadero for a few blocks...take a left on Lombard..one block to Sansome...left on Sansome...on the hillside is a staircase...climb it. It leads to Coit Tower and takes you past one of SF's most famous places...The Grace Marchand Gardens...This is Filbert St...known here as the Filbert steps... Relax for a few...More