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Type of Attraction
Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
Local Culture, History
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Price: $0-$5
The price depends on how long you stay and how much you drink.
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Partial
Mobility Obstacles: Stairs
Notes: Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible, while the restrooms are not.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
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Where the Beats Meet

Must See

Address: Phone:
255 Columbus Ave
(at Jack Kerouac Alley)
San Francisco, CA 94133
+1 415 362 3370


Located just across from the famous City Lights bookstore on Jack Kerouac Alley is the popular beat hangout, Vesuvio--famous for its beatnik history, cozy atmosphere, and interesting clientèle. Located in the North Beach neighborhood, Vesuvio opens at 6am to start the day as a cafe and doesn't close up shop until 2am for the bar crowd. Not only is Vesuvio famous for its beatnik past, but the bar has been voted with high acclaims as the world's third best bar by the London Guardian and as one of the top 10 best bars in America by Esquire Magazine. Apart from its acclaim, Vesuvio remains as a hotspot on a literary tour of the city and brings in an eclectic group of patrons including the beat crowd, writers, artists, poets, and locals and tourists alike.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 6am-2am, daily
Notes: Vesuvio stays open every day of the year.
Visit Time: 1hr-2hr
Average Wait Time: None
Price: $0-$5
Price Notes: The price depends on how long you stay and how much you drink.


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Friends, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: MUNI BUS: 15, 30, 41
Best Modes of Transportation: Bus Taxi Walking
Parking Availability: Limited
Average Price per Hour: $0-$5
Notes: Parking can be difficult, but there is metered street parking in the area. Nearby parking garages can be found at Vallejo St and Powell St as well as on Columbus St between Jackson and Pacific. There are also a few pay parking lots on Broadway.

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