Crowd Listening to Mussolini Speak
Jan. 1, 1931.
A Quiet Night at Vesuvio
Vesuvio Cafe's original owner (when it was still an Italian restaurant), Mrs. Georgetti, July 1949.
"Homo Beatikus", c. 1950.
For Customers Barred From Vesuvio
Vesuvio Annex, 1950.
The Former Walls of Vesuvio
Signs above the bar, the one to the right still hangs in the same spot today, c. 1950.
Bohemia’s Last Stand
Name contest for Bohemia's Last Stand, 1950.
Christmas card, 1955.
The Outside of Vesuvio in Days Past
Exterior of Vesuvio, c. 1959.
Another Look at Vesuvio in Days Long Gone
Closer look at exterior of Vesuvio, 1959.
Lenoir's do-it-yourself BEATNIK KIT displayed in front window that is visible in previous two photos, date unknown.
Bartenders and Waitresses at Vesuvio
Original owner Henri Lenoir with employees and customers, no date.
A Bike in the Bar
Xmas card photo of (left to right) customers Tony La Paz and Jim Bell; waitresses Maya Dhillon, Alice Holden, Suzanne Mazursky, Lyn, and Adriana; bartenders Bruce Weiss, Ron Leon, David Wood, and Burnie Priest; and Lenoir with Calso the cat, on Maya's motorcycle, c. 1960s.
Rallying the Troops
Henri Lenoir behind the bar, c. 1960s.
Don’t Bother Your Bartender!
Vesuvio cupboard, c. 1960s.
Lenoir Looking Sharp
Henri Lenoir and Vesuvio, 1960.
Vesuvio Ready for its Advertising Debut
Lejon advertisement, no date.
Vesuvio interior, c. 1960.
Saloon Keepers Bicycle Race
The contestants line up, 1962.
Saloon Keepers Bicycle Race Begins
Joe E. Brown starting the race, 1962.
Winners of Saloon Keepers Bicycle Race
Two Vesuvio waitresses win an award, 1962.
Henri Lenoir and Vesuvio
Henri Lenoir in front of Vesuvio, 1963.
A Bartender at Work in Vesuvio
Interior photo of Vesuvio, with Bruce Weiss tending bar, April 1963.
The Social Scene
Bruce Weiss tending bar with waitress Alice Holden, 1963.
Lenoir and a Waitress at Vesuvio
Henri Lenoir and JoAnne Low, c. 1963.
“Where the Neater Beats Meet to Bleat”
Illustration from article in San Francisco magazine, 1964.
Artwork on the Walls
Vesuvio interior, 1967.
Bob Dylan at Vesuvio
Exterior of Vesuvio, 2011.
Exterior of Vesuvio looking northwest down Columbus Avenue, 2011.
Shawn O'Shaughnessy's mural on wall of Vesuvio in Jack Kerouac Alley, 2011.
Mural on City Lights Books
Mural on City Lights exterior wall across the alley from Vesuvio, 2011.
Come on in!
Doorstep at Vesuvio, 2011.
Beware Pickpockets and Loose Women!
Vesuvio patron in front of wall artwork, 2011.
Interior Wall Artwork
Hand-painted table on balcony level, 2011.
Gas-lit chandelier and Calso the black cat guarding above the bar, as seen from the balcony, 2011.
Stairway down to Men's Restrooms in the basement of Vesuvio, 2011.