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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.


255 Columbus Ave
(between Broadway St & Jack Kerouac Aly)
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 362-3370


4 responses

  1. swoosh2007

    love this place. it is best during the afternoons when you can chat with some of the regulars

    November 1, 2010 at 9:20 pm

  2. Rob T

    Yes, many a long work afternoon has been spent here…

    November 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm

  3. Crowder

    totally agree. I used to dismiss this place until I moved to North Beach and went during off-peak hours. I was pleasantly surprised. Now I love around the corner from there in Chinatown and go quite a bit for an evening beer or two.

    April 8, 2011 at 3:40 pm

  4. Bill

    I hung out here during the late 1970’s …. when my liver still worked. I believe one of my old comrades is STILL there, old Conrado….

    October 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

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