Drinking & Nightlife

  • Gatsby Café Fantastic coffee, cocktails and uber-chic retro vibe in an upcycled 1950s hat shop.
  • Spirito Fashionable cocktail bar hidden, speakeasy-style, in the back of a Pigneto sandwich shop.
  • Sciascia Caffè Classy joint serving the unparalleled caffè eccellente, a velvety smooth espresso in a chocolate-lined cup.
  • Barnum Cafe Cool vintage armchairs to sink into by day and dressed-up cocktails by night.
  • Open Baladin Craft beer and pub vibe in the centro storico.

Cafes

Terraces & Gardens

  • Terrazza Caffarelli Enjoy stunning views from the Capitoline Museums’ panoramic cafe.
  • Zuma Bar Possiby the most glamorous rooftop bar in the whole of Rome.
  • Stravinskij Bar Hotel de Russie's elegant bar, with courtyard garden backed by Borghese gardens.
  • Il Palazzetto Terrace with five-star views over the comings and goings on the Spanish Steps.
  • Caffè Ciampini Graceful summer cafe with vintage garden-party vibe and tables beneath orange trees.
  • La Bottega del Caffè Balmy al fresco action year-round on one of Rome's prettiest squares.

Enoteche

  • Il Sorì Gourmet wine bar and artisan bottegha (shop) with wine tastings and 'meet the producer' soirées.
  • Il Goccetto An old-school vino e olio (wine and oil) shop makes for a great neighbourhood wine bar.
  • Bibenda Wine Concept Modern wine bar with a good choice of regional Italian labels.
  • Litro A drinking-dining hybrid with savvy sommeliers and the finest selection of biodynamic wines in the city.
  • Ai Tre Scalini Buzzing enoteca that feels as convivial as a pub.

Aperitivo

  • Freni e Frizioni Perenially cool bar with lavish nightly buffet of snacks.
  • Gatsby Café Gourmet aperitivi in a retro, 1950s-styled cafe-bar in Esquilino.
  • Doppiozeroo Popular Ostiense address with impressive buffet choice.
  • Momart Students and local professionals love the expansive array of pizza and other snacks.
  • Pimm's Good Pimms cocktails, generous complimentary nibbles and party-loving bar staff in Trastevere.
  • Zuma Bar When the urge for a posh cocktail on a designer rooftop beckons.

For Beer

  • Bar San Calisto Linger over cheep beer on Trastevere's loveliest pavement terrace.
  • Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà Pint-sized bar crammed with real-ale choices.
  • Open Baladin More than 40 beers on tap and up to 100 bottled brews.
  • Be.re Craft beer flows at this modern Vatican newcomer.
  • Birra Più Pigneto hub, with a great range of craft beers on tap.
  • BrewDog Roma Hit the beer and stumble out to Colosseum views.

To See & Be Seen

  • Zuma Bar Swish cocktail bar with weekend DJ sets on the rooftop terrace of Palazzo Fendi of fashion-house fame.
  • Etablì Chic bar near Campo de'Fiori, filled with vintage French furniture and laid-back cool.
  • Salotto 42 A sitting-room-style bar, offering cocktails facing the ancient Roman Stock Exchange.
  • Co.So World-class craft cocktails with a former Hotel de Russie mixologist in Pigneto.
  • Spirito Cocktails with the cool set in a Pigneto speakeasy.

Alternative

  • Rivendita Libri, Cioccolata e Vino Cream-topped shots served in chocolate shot glasses (bags of fun) in Trastevere – the place to be after 10pm.
  • Lanificio 159 Cool underground venue hosts live gigs and club nights.
  • Yeah! Pigneto Pigneto bar with live gigs and DJs in Rome's most boho district.
  • Anticafé Roma Laid-back spot where you pay for your time not what you drink.

Gay Venues

  • Coming Out A friendly gay bar near the Colosseum, open all day, with gigs, drag shows and karaoke later on.
  • L'Alibi Kitsch shows and house, techno and dance pumping up a mixed gay and straight crowd.
  • My Bar A mixed crowd by day, and gayer by night, in the shadow of the Colosseum.

Clubs

  • Circolo Illuminati Wildly popular Ostiense club on the international DJ club circuit, with an underground vibe and star-topped courtyard garden.
  • Vinile Food, music, dancing and party happenings on the southern fringe of Ostiense.
  • Goa Rome's serious superclub, at home in a former motorbike repair shop in industrial-styled Ostiense.