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Vesuvio Cafe

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Address: 255 Columbus Ave. at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
Phone Number: 415-362-3370
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This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.

This pretty North Beach bar is just as trendy as it was fifty years ago.

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Always a busy and friendly local bar. Drinks are cheap for the street and staff friendly. Def with a visit. 1/2 pint of beer and whiskey for $5. A 1/2 and a 1/2 as we say in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
balgra
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a busy and friendly local bar. Drinks are cheap for the street and staff friendly. Def with a visit. 1/2 pint of beer and whiskey for $5. A 1/2 and a 1/2 as we say in Scotland for £3.50 British pounds. Awsome

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Okemos, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A cool, hip bar with a chill atmosphere to just hang out with friends for drinks. Some fun drinks on the menu. Staff and other patrons were friendly. Had such a good time we went twice.

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Thank Momcook3
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Right next to City Lights Books, it is tough to find a blank space of wall. Nostalgic paraphernalia is everywhere, with ample craft taps, happy hour specials, and a sweet second level looking down on the bar.

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Thank Terry G
Carmichael, California
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an old bar, just a bit funky in a good way, where the Beats hung out. Next to City Lights bookstore, and adjacent to Kerouac Alley, quite interesting in itself. Lots of history, cool Mezzanine seating. Try the Dark and Stormy! Service was slow on Thursday at 9, but it was packed! Cafe Zeotope just down Columbus for... More 

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Stockholm, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Join the likes of Dylan Thomas and Jack Kerouac and stop by a place with fab atmosphere to stop for a drink or two while walking through the city.

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a Kerouac fan myself, I wanted to stop into Vesuvio Cafe which was supposedly one of his favorite places to visit. My friend, who isn't much of a fan, and I both equally enjoyed this bar. They have good cocktail options, lots of fun decor, and really nice design for the interior. We sat on the top and people-watched... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cheap and tasty local beer. Friendly and helpful staff, love the place and the feel! Laid back, 1$ off drinks during happy hour.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great bar, fantastic decor, friendly staff. Good value cocktails plus the barmen are very knowledgable. The best place we found to drink during our stay. We went on a Friday nights and the atmosphere was great, we were also able to get a seat at the bar.

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Thank James H
Murrieta, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

A stop on the tourist tour of San Francisco. It is across Jack Kerouac alley from City Lights bookstore. Only a few blocks from the financial district.

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Rennes, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

great place dripping with Beat history - and right next door to City Lights Bookstore And offers good beer too !

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