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A funky old saloon with a stained-glass façade, Vesuvio preserves the flavour of the bars of an earlier era. It's next to the famous City Lights bookshop, just across Jack Kerouac Alley (the writer was a regular here), and its walls are covered with Beat memorabilia. Sit on the narrow balcony and check out the scene downstairs and on the street.


Venue name: Vesuvio
Address: 255 Columbus Ave
San Francisco

Cross street: between Broadway and Pacific Ave
Opening hours: 6am–2am daily
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I loved this place - it had a great vibe, and looked very cool from the inside. Spirit and mixer was approx $7....but that was for a GENEROUS pour of spirit!