A lot of famous people known for thinking deep thoughts used to drink here, and as a result, Vesuvio is always packed with tourists, and because deep thoughts are an official sponsor of drinking martinis, this is a great place to do both while taking in some history. You can post up at the bar and try to get in a few words about Allen Ginsburg with whoever is sitting next to you, but the best thing to do is grab a table by the second-floor balcony and watch people mill around downstairs in this place that looks like an old wooden ship.
Where we've featured it
More spots in North BeachSee more
Tosca Cafe has been around forever, serving food and their boozy house “cappuccinos” in a dark, loud space.
The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
The Showdown is a bar in North Beach with good food, a pool table, and an indoor stoop for hanging out on.
More Bar spotsSee more
Friends And Family
For incredible cocktails, food, and desserts, head to Friends and Family in Oakland.
Black Horse London Pub
The Black Horse London Pub in Cow Hollow is probably the smallest bar in the city, but it’s also one of the most fun.
Suggested by our writers
Tadich Grill in the Financial District is a classic San Francisco steak and seafood spot that you should go to at least once.
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more