Centro Storico Bars & Nightlife

Establishment neighborhood
Caffé Perú
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.
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.
The Jerry Thomas Project
Vicolo Cellini, 30, Centro Storico
While the clandestine cocktail bar concept is nothing new stateside, going to one in Rome feels entirely unique. Named after the original hipster bartender (he also authored a first-of-its-kind mixology book in the 1800’s), this speakeasy requires reservations, plus a secret password and membership card to get in (both can be arranged online). he ambiance is dark and moody with an elaborate drink menu to match: all manner of gin and whiskey cocktails, and a really good Negroni with house-made bitters, to name a few. Note: they don’t serve vodka or accept credit cards.