This world-renowned San Francisco saloon located in North Beach just across from the infamous City Lights Bookstore, was first established in 1948 and remains an historical monument to jazz, poetry, art and the good life of the Beat Generation. Vesuvio attracts a diverse clientele: artists, chess players, cab drivers, seamen and business people, European visitors, off-duty exotic dancers and bon vivants from all walks of life. On October 17, 1955, Neal Cassady, the real life Dean Moriarty of the quintessential Beat classic On the Road, stopped at Vesuvio on the way to the now legendary Six Gallery for a poetry reading, and the place has never been the same. It became a regular hangout of Jack Kerouac and other famous Beat poets and has become ground zero for pilgrims on the Beat trail ever since. It was here that Jack Kerouac once spent a long night in 1960 when he should have been on his way to Big Sur to meet with Henry Miller. Miller had written Kerouac that he enjoyed reading The Dharma Bums and would enjoy a visit from the emerging writer. Kerouac, however, had other plans. He continued to hoist drinks and called Miller every hour telling him that he was just a bit delayed in leaving the city. The two would never meet that night.
“World-renowned San Francisco saloon”
This bar is usually relatively chill so if you're looking for a spot out of the tourist hell that is Columbus St. stop in here and go upstairs. There are some nice quiet tables out of the way up there.
A former haunt of Beat writers like Jack Kerouac, the Vesuvio is worth a visit for its decor (and espresso brewing abilities) alone.
A San Francisco landmark with an incredible literary history, it's still a great place to hang out with friends or just to get some peace and quiet.
The joint became a regular hangout for Kerouac and other Beat poets. Next, check out the Beat Museum, which is a shrine to the beatnik generation. You’ll likely want to rest your weary head at Hotel Boheme, which oozes Beat-era jazz.
Awful bar tender the day before yesterday, his computer was off and thus couldnt serve a drink. I kind of said that he did not needed a computer to serve a drink but he replied if I was not happy I should leave, which I did !!!!
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