Vesuvio Cafe

Dive Bar
$ $
255 Columbus Ave (btwn Broadway and Pacific)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 362-3370
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am
6:00am - 2:00am



  • 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.
  • sit upstairs in the corner and see the bright bright lights of Broadway.
  • Get the absinthe you punk ass.
  • Bohemian bar next to City Lights Bookstore. Good place to see some of San Francisco's finest characters. -Laurine Wickett, Top Chef
  • Best bar in SF. Perfect for your most pretentious conversations.
  • SF Weeklys Best Of 2012 Winner Editorial Pick Best Place to Hang Out with Strippers without Going to a Strip Club. Vesuvio is a great spot to get a drink or three at any hour, and if the...
  • From the 2004 Film (Twisted) as well as the Beat Poet Club in So I Married an Axe Murderer
  • try and grab a spot upstairs and watch the tourists hang out front.
  • Summon the Jack Kerouac: tequila, rum, orange and cranberry juice with a twist of lime.
  • A MUST do in SF. So much history and no matter how many tourists pop in it still feels like our favorite local bar. Mmmmm, Anchor Steam.
  • Check out the gas chandelier. Supposedly the only one left in the city.
  • Do the beat poetry detour and start here to immerse yourself in that literary era.
  • Really neat place to sit and watch the tourists go by. Table service is something you don't usually see at a dive. Cool decorations, like an authentic version of what TGI Fridays wants to be.
  • Probably the best place I've been in Frisco. And it feels sooo beat, if you know what I mean :) come here and enjoy ginger beer and dark rum in one cocktail!
  • Aesthetically fantastic
  • Open since 1948, it's where the Beats convened to quench their thirst. The upstairs nook might be the most perfect people-watching in North Beach.
  • Vesuvio is just dripping with history, and local characters can often be found holding court at the bar.
  • Amazing and unique and hums with the beatnik vibe. Loved sitting on the second floor with the windows flung open, people watching (both tourists outside and some rowdy characters inside!)
  • Get the special - bourbon with a beer.
  • Drink where Kerouac drank. Teetotallers welcome too: decent selection of tea, plus espresso drinks.

Nearby places

261 Columbus Ave (at Broadway)
12 William Saroyan Pl (Columbus Avenue)
15 Romolo Pl (btwn Fresno St & Broadway)