Vesuvio Cafe / San Francisco

255 Columbus Ave btwn Broadway and Pacific San Francisco 94133
Opening Hours
Sun, Sat 06:00 - 02:00
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 08:00 - 02:00

Vesuvio Cafe is a historic bar in North Beach, San Francisco, California. Located at 255 Columbus Avenue, across an alley from City Lights Bookstore, the building was designed by Italian architect Italo Zanolini and finished in 1916.The bar was founded in 1948 by Henri Lenoir, and was frequented by a number of Beat Generation celebrities including Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Neal Cassady, as well as other notable cultural figures such as Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, Rodger Jacobs and Francis Ford Coppola. In the 1970s, the bar was sold by Lenoir to Ron Fein, who died in 1985, and is still operated by the Fein family along with Janet Clyde, Christopher Clyde, and manager emeritus Leo Riegler.The common alley shared with City Lights was originally called "Adler" but was renamed "Jack Kerouac Alley" in 1988. The alley was refurbished and converted to pedestrian only in 2007.Vesuvio is open every day of the year, Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m, Saturdays and Sundays 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

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David Lealan en
Fabulous atmosphere and range of cocktails. You can feel the history in this place. Table service and excellent and friendly staff. GooglePlace - September 2017
LB en
A brilliant 'classic'-themed bar that make a knock out martini. A friendly clientele and a cool place to chill. GooglePlace - August 2017
Jesse Mendez en
A local iconic spot. Great bartenders with feisty attitudes, characters from every walk of life. A 6am bar on weekends, and 8am during the week, this bar attracts some doozies! If you run across Captain Cool, send a Guinness his way. Bartenders here are famous in their own right. A GEM. GooglePlace - June 2017
Jarrad Wilson en
Hands down, the best bar that I've ever been to. It is such a laid back bar and you can instantly feel the beat history of this place when walking in the front door. It's hard not to get lost in the fact that Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady frequented the same place. Hard to miss the "Vesuvio" mosaic on the floor's entryway and I love the mural on the wall outside on Jack Kerouac Alley. A lot has changed in SF, but this is like stepping into a time machine - well worth a stop for a drink and you can venture to City Lights Bookstore next door. GooglePlace - May 2017
Nick Contini en
This place is pretty rad. A nice, classical themed decor makes it nice an homey. Usually the crowd is pretty chill, which is what I prefer on my nights out. The staff is always busy, so don't expect them to sweet talk you too much, but they're definitely nice folk. They even gave us a huge discount on our cocktails when they ran out of coffee for the cocktails we wanted, not that the regular price of the cocktails is anything to frown at in the first place! Definitely one of my go to bars if I just want to relax after doing whatever other crazy thing I was up to in the Financial District. GooglePlace - February 2017