Jack Kerouac Alley and Vesuvio Pub

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© RicardMN Photography

Jack Kerouac Alley (formerly Adler Alley or Adler Place) is a one-way alleyway in Chinatown, San Francisco, California, that connects Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue.

The alley is named after Jack Kerouac, a Beat Generation writer who used to hang in the Vesuvio pub and bookstore, (City Lights Bookstore, owned by Lawrence Ferlinghetti) adjacent to the alley..The alley is now known for its engraved Western and Chinese poems, including poets such as John Steinbeck, Maya Angelou, and Kerouac himself.
A ceremony was held in April 2007 to celebrate the reopening of the alley..A 4-weeks road trip across the USA, from New York to San Francisco, on the steps of Jack Kerouac’s famous book ‘On the Road’. Focusing on nomadic America: people that live on the move across the US, out of ideology or for work reasons.

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4 thoughts on “Jack Kerouac Alley and Vesuvio Pub

  1. My favourite bar in San Francisco, full of great Beat photos and relatively cheap Jack Daniel’s and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale! My wife loves sitting in the large wicker chair and is very disappointed when it has already been taken when we walk in!

    • Yes Tony! Vesubio is a nice and iconic bar on the edge of North Beach. I drank there a delicious Bloody Mary sitting upstairs on the balcony. But… yes, it’s very difficult to take the large wicker chear!
      Thanks for your kind comment!

    • “If you would be a poet, create works capable of answering the challenge of
      apocalyptic times, even if this meaning sounds apocalyptic.
      You are Whitman, you are Poe, you are Mark Twain, you are Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay, you are Neruda and Mayakovsky and Pasolini, you are an American or a non-American, you can conquer the conquerors with words….”
      (Lawrence Ferlinghetti. From Poetry as Insurgent Art)
      Ferlinghetti had important associations with the Beat writers, who made City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. One of his works is intact at San Francisco’s Jack Kerouac Alley, which is right next door to the City Lights Bookstore: “Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.”

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