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- 98%History Buffs
- 89%Local Culture
- 79%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Green Travelers
Member Reviews (11)
- VesuvioMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Sep 14, 2012
One of my all time favorite rustic bars in San Francisco. I love the feel of history and past literary glory in this place. The worn and eclectic dim interior is just my style too. I've often been tempted to spend an entire day here - bring my laptop and write my own version of "On the Road" over pints of Anchor Steam!
- VesuvioCommunity ManagerMember ofHistory BuffsLocal CultureFoodies+ 4Aug 09, 2013
Vesuvio is a really great addition to the literary bars in North Beach. Prices are reasonable-I got the "Recession Special," consisting of a shot of bourbon and a small glass of Bud Light. Not great but not bad. The upstairs area is quite nice, complete with friendly waiter service.
- VesuvioMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Jul 31, 2013
Magically, Vesuvio's has a time machine. As you walk in, you are instantly transported to some time between 1850 and 1950, depending on the crowd and the vibe. You either feel like you're in post-Gold Rush, Barbary Coast San Francisco or 1950s beatnik North Beach. The stained glass and dark wood decor certainly helps.
I'm not a sit-at-a-bar-and-shout-at-each-other kind of person, and I love this place. It's usually quiet enough to have real conversations. Which is practically required, since you're across the city from City Lights bookstore, and vapidness is strongly discouraged in this den of beatnik culture.
- VesuvioApr 18, 2013
Walked in to a very eclectic collection of memorabilia on the walls of pretty much everything! Posters to trinkets to mini statues to signs. There was so much going on, but somehow it all worked :)
Cool, cool bar to hang out at and watch games going on with no pressure to chug chug chug and rush out. It was very laid back and they didnt have just bar seating, but also tables with semi-comfy couches and and upstairs area with more seating that over looks the bar area! They also had a "waitress" come around to see if we needed more drinks. Nice.
- VesuvioJul 04, 2012
Vesuvio is a nice dive bar in North Beach, almost a historic landmark if you ask me. It's always easy to grab a seat here, we almost always sit upstairs. The drinks here a pretty standard, but it has a very 60's/70's feel to it so that makes up for it. Vesuvio encapsulates what San Francisco was all about back then, if you haven't been - stop by.
There's almost always street performers playing music outside as well, it's nice to stop and hear what they have to offer.
- VesuvioMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLGBT+ 1Jul 04, 2012
A true locals spot, hidden in plain sight amongst the throngs of North Beach tourists, Vesuvio is reminiscent of an old-west saloon (without being tacky, kitschy or campy).
It's not usually packed, which is unusual for such a good bar in a city like San Francisco. Use this to your advantage! Take your drink upstairs and grab a seat overlooking the hustle and bustle of Broadway and Columbus. You'll feel invisible: so close to all the action, yet safely tucked away from the crowds.
Vesuvio offers a good selection of beer (including a few local microbrews) and has a great cocktail menu. The alcoholic Arnold Palmer is a particularly dangerous concoction; before you know it, you've had 3 and are on your way to a wild night.