Top ChoiceCoffee in Centro Storico

Caffè Sant'Eustachio

Always busy, this small and unassuming cafe near the Pantheon serves the best coffee in town. Its secret? Baristas beat the first drops of an espresso with several teaspoons of sugar to create a frothy paste to...

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Terra Satis

This friendly neighbourhood cafe and bar in Trastevere serves great coffee and offers a lavish, predominantly vegetarian aperitivo buffet between 6pm and 9pm that costs €10, including a drink, and can easily...

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Stravinskij Bar

Can’t afford to stay at the celeb-magnet Hotel de Russie? Then splash out on a drink at its swish bar. There are sofas inside, but the sunny courtyard is the fashionable choice, with sun-shaded tables overlooked...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Blackmarket Hall

One of Monti's best bars, this multiroomed speakeasy in a former monastery has an eclectic vintage-style decor and plenty of cosy corners where you can enjoy a leisurely, convivial drink. It serves aperitivo (€10...

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Barnum Cafe

This on-trend cafe, bistro and cocktail bar hybrid is the sort of place where customers come for a breakfast of muesli and smashed avocado toast accompanied by third-wave coffee and end up returning for pasta...

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Bar San Calisto

Head to 'Sanca' for its basic, stuck-in-time atmosphere, cheap prices and large terrace. It attracts everyone from intellectuals to people-watching idlers and foreign students. Expect occasional late-night jam...

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Antico Caffè Greco

Antico Caffè Greco

Casanova, Goethe, Wagner, Keats, Byron, Shelley and Baudelaire were all regulars at Rome's oldest and most elegant cafe, which opened in 1760. Prices reflect this amazing heritage: pay nearly four times more if...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Ai Tre Scalini

A firm favourite since 1895, the 'Three Steps' is inevitably packed with young patrons spilling out of its two-room interior and into the street. Its a perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon drink or a simple meal of...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Centro Storico

Il Goccetto

This authentic, old-school vino e olio (wine and oil) shop has everything you could want in a wine bar: a woody, bottle-lined interior, a cheerful crowd of locals and first-timers, tasty food (cheese and...

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Necci dal 1924

An all-round hybrid in Pigneto, iconic Necci opened as a gelateria in 1924 and later became a favourite drinking destination of film director Pier Paolo Pasolini. These days it caters to a buoyant hipster crowd,...

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Circolo Illuminati

Tech house, hip-hop, chill music and top DJs rev up clubbers into the night from Wednesday to Sunday. Earlier in the evening patrons can enjoy showy cocktails and stylish bites at the onsite Azienda Cucineria...

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Goa

At home in a former motorbike-repair shop down a bamboo-lined dead-end alley in post-industrial-style Ostiense, Goa is Rome's serious super-club with exotic India-inspired decor and international DJs mixing house...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Centro Storico

Open Baladin

This modern pub near Campo de’ Fiori has long been a leading light in Rome’s craft-beer scene, and with 40 beers on tap and up to 100 bottled brews (many from Italian artisanal microbreweries) it's a top place...

Top ChoiceCafe in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

La Bottega del Caffè

On one of Rome's prettiest squares in Monti, La Bottega del Caffè – named after a comedy by Carlo Goldoni – is the hotspot in Monti for lingering over excellent coffee, drinks, snacks and lunch or dinner. Heaters...

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Niji Roma

A cosy, stylish, artistic bar that looks like a film set designed to portray just that. The range of cocktails continues the bar's themes – exquisitely poured and presented they are almost, almost, too...

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Rivendita Libri, Cioccolata e Vino

Think of this as Ground Zero of Rome's recent crackdown on debauched drinking. The drinks of a million hen parties – French Kiss, Orgasm and One Night Stand – highlight the cocktail list. The bar is packed every...

Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Gatsby Café

There's good reason why the friendly bartenders here all wear flat caps, feather-trimmed trilbys and other traditional gents' hats: this fabulous 1950s-styled space with vintage furniture and flashes of geometric...

Cafe in Centro Storico

Roscioli Caffè

In Rome, the Roscioli name is a guarantee of good things to come: the family runs one of Rome's most celebrated delis and a hugely popular bakery, and this cafe doesn't disappoint either. The coffee is luxurious...

Coffee in Centro Storico

La Casa del Caffè Tazza d’Oro

A busy cafe with burnished 1940s fittings, this is one of Rome's best coffee houses. Its position near the Pantheon makes it touristy but its coffees are brilliant – the espresso hits the mark every time and...

Cocktail Bar in Trastevere & Gianicolo

Keyhole

This achingly hip, underground speakeasy ticks all the boxes: no identifiable name or signage outside; a black door smothered in keyhole plates; and Prohibition-era decor including chesterfield sofas, dim...