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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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Beautiful bar!

Just before we go to our reservation for dinner, we decide to stop for a couple of drinks in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Camilo C
Santa Catalina, Panama
This Place is Cool, a San Fran Classic!

My cousin took my wife and I here after dinner one night and we fell in love with the place the... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2018
Albert Lea, Minnesota, United States
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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

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

Thank Camilo C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 Mike L
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.

Thank DonnaandCraig
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

It has been a while since I was here. A traditional north beach watering hole Good drinks, good service. If you want a feel of the beatnik era try it out.

Thank FredN47
Reviewed May 31, 2018

Met here with friends and had nice cocktails and conversation before going out to dinner. Locals seem to enjoy this hippie era watering hole. Brought back lots of memories with all the wall art. Drinks were great and service was excellent. A must see, drink...More

Thank Kitty Y
Reviewed May 20, 2018

We were doing a little bar hoping and our friend from San Francisco suggested we stop in here. It's a cool place with a throw back from an earlier error. We got our drinks at the bar and went upstairs. The upstairs had very old...More

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practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands,
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