Italy Bars & Nightlife
Bars & Nightlife city
Bar at Hotel Locarno
Via della Penna, 22, Campo Marzio
The bar at the retro Hotel Locarno is permanently packed with Rome’s most fashion-forward crew.
Piazza Farnese, 52, Centro Storico
Sit outside right on the Piazza Farnese, order one of the four hundred wines offered and people watch.
Bar del Fico
Piazza del Fico, 34/35, Centro Storico
A stone’s throw from Piazza Navona, Bar del Fico is a fun spot frequented mostly by locals, which is nice if you’ve spent all day doing touristy things. At aperitivo-time, ordering a cocktail or a glass of wine will also get you access to bottomless snacks—or sit down for a full-on meal of house-made pizza and pasta (this is an excellent place for a mellow al-fresco lunch, too). The bar is open all day and well into the night (until 2am, actually), making it perfect for after-dinner drinks in a crowded-in-a-good-way, indoor-outdoor setting.
Bar in Piazza della Madonna dei Monti
Piazza della Madonna dei Monti, Monti
This little bar is so inherent to this piazza, it doesn’t have a name (or website or phone number).
Via di Monserrato, 46, Centro Storico
Even though Rome is one of the most-visited capitals in the world, the local way of life hasn’t changed and you’ll find authentic aperitivo spots in every neighborhood. Caffé Perú is an unassuming hole-in-the-wall next to a newsstand. This tiny bar is on prime real estate in the Piazza Farnese, but is totally unpretentious and so untrendy it’s actually trendy. Always full of artists and students, it's perfect for hunkering down on one of the stools outside with a drink and a panino any time of day—a true slice of old Rome.
Giulio Passami L’Olio
Via di Monte Giordano, 28, Centro Storico
This is the ideal spot to wander into after a day of sight-seeing at the Vatican. Giulio Passami l’Olio or "Giulio Pass the Oil" is a relaxed, traditional, restaurant with wooden tables, a small bar and no fuss. The wine list is over a thousand titles long and even better, the cacio e pepe comes with shaved truffles on the top.
Via Vittorio Veneto, 150, Ludovisi
Harry’s big claim to fame is a starring role in Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, making it a great pit stop while wandering Via Veneto. The food is good, but the drinks are better—best enjoyed al fresco and with a side of people watching. While it’s an “American bar” the waiters bring out little snacks with your drink order in a manner that’s decidedly Roman.
Piazza della Trinità dei Monti, 6, Campo Marzio
Technically, this is a hotel bar—many would agree, one of the most beautiful in the world—though its tufted-leather banquettes, gilded interior, and just-right mood lighting make it a worthy standalone destination. And the same can be said of the cocktail menu, which includes several signature cocktails like the pomegranate Veruschka and their own special spin on the spritz. The Hassler hotel has been sitting at the top of the Spanish Steps since the ‘40s, and the views from the outdoor areas can’t be beat. Note: The bar is only open during the winter.
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14, Centro Storico
The perfect intimate bar to come with a friend or lover to chat, people watch and primarily, drink.
Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5, Monteverde
Billed as a wine bar, this indoor/outdoor spot in Monteverde focuses on small-production Italian wines—plus an unexpected (though incredibly impressive) offering of tequila and mezcal cocktails. Come in the afternoon for coffee and stick around for aperitivo; to keep on theme with the wines, the plates of cheeses and cured meats, various toasts, and salads are all sourced locally. If you really want to stay put, the dinner menu is small but mighty and changes regularly.
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