Monday, October 12, 2009


Vesuvio Bar in North Beach was a hangout for Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and other Beats.

We found it a very comfortable place to have a drink. In fact, we visited several times.

It's a lovely, funky neighbourhood bar with a 2nd floor  balcony. The walls are covered in trivia, posters, broadsheets and photos from the 60's.

Upstairs the windows open onto Columbus Avenue and Jack Kerouac Alley: note literary tourists.

Inside it's very casual and atmospheric.

It's wonderful to sit up there, overlooking the street.

My portrait of William Kimber (aka Uncle Lynx) and his portrait of me.

There's a great picture of Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky on the Ladies Room door with a quote from Kerouac's Scripture of the Golden Eternity, 1960.


  1. Lovely photos, John! Glad to see you guys are having a good time.

    - Ab.

  2. Glad you like the pics, Ab! We're having so much fun with this blog.