Vesuvio Cafe / San Francisco

255 Columbus Ave btwn Broadway and Pacific San Francisco 94133
Opening Hours
Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 06:00 - 00:20

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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Tips from the Net @ Vesuvio Cafe
Kyle Maxwell en
The atmosphere and lay out of this place is very sweet. Reminds me of an European bar. I just got a drink here and sat on the second level. I would go back just for the atmosphere. GooglePlace - December 2017
Valentin Ginseng en
Very atmospheric and laid back. Small and cozy. Good drinks and reasonable prices GooglePlace - December 2017
John Esquivel en
Cool location bar. Wine $9-$10/glass. No kitchen or food menu besides nuts and chips. Service is ok. GooglePlace - December 2017
aruna raut en
Good place for quick drinks. Not a high end bar. They have maintained antique look to give cozy feel. Gas Chandler looks awesome. GooglePlace - November 2017
Josef Aukee en
Must-see North Beach bar still packs them in nightly and somehow maintains its character. Note the gas chandelier and historic photos throughout. Go often. GooglePlace - November 2017