Vesuvio – North Beach
Some locals dismiss Vesuvio, and in fact all North Beach bars, as being too touristy, too full of the college frat ilk. Those people are only seeing the Saturday night surface of this neighborhood and missing out on a San Francisco bar rich with history, the very walls and bar stools themselves steeped in over sixty years of mystery, poetry and booze.
Made famous as a gathering place for the likes of Neal Cassady and Jack Kerouac, the original gas lighting and busy decor of Vesuvio make it easy to imagine oneself transported to times gone by, when “obscene” writing was a revolutionary act and free flowing alcohol fueled the fire.
Belly up to the bar and have a chat with the colorful regulars, or take you drinks upstairs and grab a front row seat for some of the best people watching in the City. Vesuvio can get crazy on weekend nights, but happy hour is generally lively without being too overwhelming, and the lovely bartenders make everyone feel like an old friend.
(between Broadway St & Jack Kerouac Aly)
San Francisco, CA 94133