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Recharge your batteries with a quiet drink at this oasis of bookish tranquillity...
Some of the best coffee and cornetti (croissants) in Rome are served up here in old-fashioned style by waistcoat-wearing barristi ...
A former cinema, the Teatro Ghione is a popular theatre near St Peter’s that offers a varied programme of classic and modern plays, concerts and musicals, staging anything from Pirandello to Oscar Wilde and Chopin to...
Once at risk of being turned into a bingo hall, the wonderful Teatro Palladium was rescued for the residents of Garbatella and has been beautifully renovated...
This little kiosk nestles on the top of Gianicolo, and serves up coffees and drinks, including cocktails (€6). There are a few tables to perch at and the views are unmatchable. On New Year's Eve it opens all night.
While left-wing authors Italo Calvino and Alberto Moravia used to drink at Rosati, over the square, their right-wing counterparts came here. Today tourists are the main clientele, and the views are as good as ever
Goa is Rome's serious super-club, with international names, ethnic-styling, a fashion-forward crowd, podium dancers and heavies on the door. Look out for the regular lesbian night, Venus Rising (www.venusrising.com).
A gay landmark since 1984, Hangar is friendly and welcoming, with a cruisey vibe. It attracts locals and out-of-towners, with porn nights on Monday and strippers on Thursday. Feeling frisky? Head to the dark room.
This little bar lives up to its name; it feels like something you might stumble on in Left Bank Paris. It's small, with mismatched chairs and tables and an eclectic crowd drinking wine by the glass, tea and coffee.
Owned by cult Roman film director Nanni Moretti, this small, red-velvet-seated place, is the place to catch the latest European art-house offering, with regular screenings of films in their original language.
OK, it's a bookshop and cafe, but it's filed here as a tranquil coffee-and-snack pitstop. There’s aperitivo from 7pm. And, of course, you can browse the fab cinematic book, dvd and poster collection too.
This left-wing alternative arts centre hosts live gigs and club nights: expect electronica DJ sets featuring live sax, discussions, exhibitions, political events and more. Admission and drinks are cheap.
A breakfast bar for the campo’s market traders, the Taverna metamorphoses into a hip drinking haunt during the day, almost merging with Vineria next door. Grab an outside table to watch the human traffic.
A self-consciously stylish bar-club in a converted 14th-century chapel, Bloom has Philippe Stark lighting and minimalist look that attracts an easy-on-the-eye, label-loving crowd checking each other out.
With vintage sofas, chairs, and cushions on the floor, this slightly grungy place has the look of a chill-out room in a gone-to-seed mansion, and is full of lounging San Lorenzo dudes drinking mean mojitos. Fun.
The intimate, small-scale 'Tell Me Yes' proffers a wide range of off-beat nights, from reggae to the taranta music of southern Italy. There are regular DJs and it’s a good place to see live bands.
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