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.
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A solid North Beach brunch option, which, get this: actually takes reservations. Don’t sleep on Park Tavern.
The Italian Homemade Company
The Italian Homemade Company in North Beach is a great and easy spot to drop into for homemade pasta.
Gino & Carlo
This old-school sports bar is the best place to grab a drink and shoot pool in North Beach.
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Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
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