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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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A Rare SF treasure~

Vesuvio isn't a dive bar and on weekends it *can* get crowded and a have a *bit* of a 'business... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
San Francisco, California

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

Reviewed February 2, 2019
Cork, Ireland
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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 1 week ago

Vesuvio isn't a dive bar and on weekends it *can* get crowded and a have a *bit* of a 'business' clientele. But the history of the place and the building itself is well worth it. It's an awesome place to go alongside City Lights because...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed February 2, 2019 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
Thank Whatsinaname7172
Reviewed February 1, 2019 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
Thank debra1965
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
Thank Gma0917
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
Thank Russ L
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
Thank logiemrcraigl
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
1  Thank TamC223
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
1  Thank Camilo C
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