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Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, California 94133 USA

944 Reviews
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Reasonable
Open Now
Sun 11a-1a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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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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Satyam D.

This is one of my favorite bars in San Francisco! Any night of the week, you can always find people of all age groups here. It's artsy and classic at the same time. Lots of vintage paraphernalia... Read more

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Eden C.

Lit dirty martinis. Always gotta come here for my dirty martinis. Did I mention the dirty martinis are great? Read more

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George B.

A Must-Visit Gem in North Beach: Vesuvio Cafe" Having lived in San Francisco for two decades, I finally made my way to Vesuvio Cafe in North Beach. What a hidden treasure! The ambiance is... Read more

Vesuvio Cafe

255 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, California
94133 USA
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Hours

Open now until 1:00 am
  • Sun - Thu: 11:00 am - 1:00 am
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 2:00 am

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