12 Best Bars & Clubs in Rome
1. Open Baladin • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Map • +39 06 683 8989
Great pub with a laid-back vibe and an excellent selection of craft beers, mostly from independent Italian microbreweries. Also does quality burgers. Very central near Campo de’ Fiori.
2. Etablì • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Map • +39 06 9761 6694
A fashionable bar-restaurant in a centuries-old palazzo near Piazza Navona. Wrought iron chandeliers, worn couches, and wooden tables create a rustic-chic setting for aperitifs, wine, and cocktails. It’s open throughout the day but best in the evenings.
3. Freni e Frizioni • Trastevere
Map • +39 06 4549 7499
Cool, unpretentious Trastevere bar housed in a former garage. A popular meeting place, it heaves in the evenings as crowds of young drinkers spill onto the piazza outside. Great for aperitifs and cocktails.
4. Stravinskij Bar • Tridente & Trevi Fountain
Map • +39 06 3288 8874
For a dose of dolce vita glamor. The bar of the Hotel de Russie exudes style, especially on sultry summer evenings when its refined courtyard is the place to be. Dress smart.
5. Jerry Thomas • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Map • +39 06 9684 5937
Tiny, Prohibition-style speakeasy famous for its inventive cocktails. To get in you’ll need to book ahead and know the password (check the website). Charges a €5 membership fee. Cash only.
6. Salotto42 • Historic Center & Jewish Ghetto
Map • +39 06 678 5804
A retro-chic lounge bar on a beautiful central piazza. Draws a glossy well-dressed crowd, particularly for its evening aperitif.
7. Alexanderplatz • Vatican & Prati
Map • +39 338 394 4110
Rome’s most famous jazz club. It boasts an intimate, basement vibe and regular gigs by top Italian and international musicians. Forget the food.
8. Bar San Calisto • Trastevere
Map • +39 06 583 5869
Scruffy San Calisto is an authentic neighborhood bar and cafe. Don’t expect frills, just cheap beer, gruff service, and a mixed crowd of card-playing locals, foreign students, tourists, and tattooed travelers.
9. Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà • Trastevere
Map • +39 06 6456 2046
Laid-back, hole-in-the-wall pub focusing on local and international craft beer. The tap list changes, but always features a wide range of high-quality brews of different types. It gets super packed on Saturdays during football games.
10. Mimì e Cocò • Historic Center & Trastevere
Historic Center Map • Trastevere Map • Historic Center +39 06 6821 0845 • Trastevere +39 06 5513 6035
Lively, charming wine bar and restaurant pairing regional Italian wines with pasta and comfort foods. Mimì e Cocò does not take reservations, and there is usually a wait, though free wine and apps are on offer while queuing. Two locations in Trastevere (pictured above) and the Historic Center.
11. Goa • Testaccio & Ostiense
Map • +39 06 574 8277
Big-name DJs spin house and techno to packed dancefloors at this legendary Rome club. Open Thursday through Saturday in the post-industrial Ostiense district.
12. Co.So • Termini & Around
Map • +39 06 4543 5428
Hipster cocktail bar in the grungy-cool Pigneto district. Its signature drink is Carbonara Sour, a vodka-based homage to Rome’s famous pasta dish.