Rome drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

Antico Caffè Greco

Rome's oldest cafe, open since 1760, is still working the look with the utmost elegance: waiters in black tails and bow tie or frilly white pinnies, scarlet flock walls and age-spotted gilt mirrors. Prices reflect t…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

Zuma Bar

Dress up for a drink on the rooftop terrace of Palazzo Fendi of fashion-house fame – few cocktail bars in Rome are as sleek, hip or achingly sophisticated as this. City rooftop views are predictably fabulous; cockta…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Centro Storico

Rimessa Roscioli

An offshoot of the popular Roscioli empire, Rimessa is for wine lovers: labels from all over Italy and further afield crowd the shelves, while exquisite wine-tasting dinners (€33 to €65) unfold in both English and I…
Top Choice Bar in Tridente, Trevi & the Quirinale

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 by …
Top Choice Coffee in Centro Storico

Caffè Sant'Eustachio

Always busy, this workaday cafe near the Pantheon is reckoned by many to serve the best coffee in town. To make it, the bartenders sneakily beat the first drops of an espresso with several teaspoons of sugar to crea…
Top Choice Cafe in Trastevere & Gianicolo

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. It's famous for its chocolate – come f…
Top Choice Craft 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 more than 40 beers on tap and up to 100 bottled brews (many from Italian artisanal microbreweries) it's a top p…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

Ai Tre Scalini

A firm favourite since 1895, the 'Three Steps' is always packed, with predominantly young patrons spilling out of its bar area and into the street. Its a perfect spot to enjoy an afternoon drink or a simple meal of …
Top Choice Cafe in Monti, Esquilino & San Lorenzo

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, off…
Top Choice Lounge in Southern Rome

Azienda Cucineria & Circolo Degli Illuminati

Enjoy showy cocktails and stylish bites at this lounge. It has a courtyard garden with potted plants and olive trees, which is a gorgeous space to kick-start the evening beneath the stars. Late in the night from Thu…