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.

Read More History


Citizens Jazz

Jazz in Kerouac Alley

May 12, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dark Metals

Jazz in Kerouac Alley

June 9, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Jazz in Kerouac Alley

April 14, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Charles Unger Experience

Jazz in Kerouac Alley

October 3, 2024 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Featured Drinks

Serving All Wanderers Since 1948

Vesuvio Gear

Coming Soon!

Art in the Alley

Art in the Alley honors the irreverent spirit of North Beach by creating an opportunity for both local and regional artists to strut their stuff. Janet Clyde, manager of Vesuvio, feels it’s an ideal way to give back to the community of artists who have supported the bar over the years, and to celebrate this fabled neighborhood and its artistic roots.