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Vesuvio Cafe

Map & Directions 255 Columbus
San Francisco, CA 94133
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415-362-3370
  • Daily 6am-2am

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SF Weekly's Description

You won't find too many poets holding forth at this legendary Beat Generation hangout - it's mostly just tourists nowadays - but Vesuvio still has artsy charm, history, and charisma in spades. The walls are packed with old paintings and pictures, there are plenty of angular nooks in which to sit, and there's nary a whiff of modern slickness anywhere. Stay in the downstairs bar area if you desire crowded bustle and action, but head upstairs to the balcony if you prefer conversation and/or want to read that paperback you just bought at City Lights bookstore next door. The ghosts of Kerouac, Ginsberg, Micheline, and the rest of the Beats will smile down from on high while you sip and socialize. Even if no one delivers poetic orations here anymore, the Beats' indomitable artistic spirit still lives within Vesuvio's walls.

 
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  • Bravo on 01/27/10

    Bohemian bar next to City Lights Bookstore. Good place to see some of San Francisco's finest characters. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef

  • Esquire on 02/01/11

    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. No matter how many tourists drop in for a pint, it still feels as though it's full of locals. We recommend an Anchor Steam.

  • Lauren J. on 12/13/09

    sit upstairs in the corner and see the bright bright lights of Broadway.

  • AskMen on 09/09/11

    Vesuvio is just dripping with history, and local characters can often be found holding court at the bar.

  • Alexander V. on 10/23/10

    Check out the gas chandelier. Supposedly the only one left in the city.

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