Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, California 94133 USA

885 Reviews
Open Now
Thu 11a-12a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
  • Wheelchair
  • Public
  • Outdoor
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“World-renowned San Francisco saloon”

This world-renowned San Francisco saloon located in North Beach just across from the infamous City Lights Bookstore, was first established in 1948 and remains an historical monument to jazz, poetry, art and the good life of the Beat Generation. Vesuvio attracts a diverse clientele: artists, chess players, cab drivers, seamen and business people, European visitors, off-duty exotic dancers and bon vivants from all walks of life. On October 17, 1955, Neal Cassady, the real life Dean Moriarty of the quintessential Beat classic On the Road, stopped at Vesuvio on the way to the now legendary Six Gallery for a poetry reading, and the place has never been the same. It became a regular hangout of Jack Kerouac and other famous Beat poets and has become ground zero for pilgrims on the Beat trail ever since. It was here that Jack Kerouac once spent a long night in 1960 when he should have been on his way to Big Sur to meet with Henry Miller. Miller had written Kerouac that he enjoyed reading The Dharma Bums and would enjoy a visit from the emerging writer. Kerouac, however, had other plans. He continued to hoist drinks and called Miller every hour telling him that he was just a bit delayed in leaving the city. The two would never meet that night.

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Matthew F.

Amazing vibes. The walls are covered in eclectic art. The place used to be a beat poet haunt. A unique happy hour location and must see for any visit to SF. Read more

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Sean M.

The neighborhood vibe and history is what makes this place great. However, the staff are some of the most pretentious unwelcoming people I've ever come across in SF and that's saying a lot. The... Read more

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S L B.

Been here since 1948. Gas light chandelier and awesome atmosphere...modern drinks like jalapeno margaritas also available. Read more

Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, California
94133 USA


Open now until 12:00 am
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
  • Sun - Thu: 11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Does not take
  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Breakfast
  • Outdoor Seating
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