Rome Nightlife

"E mo’ che fammo?" ("And now what do we do?" in local dialect) . . . For a great night out in Rome, all you need to do is to wander, because ready entertainment is sure to find you on every corner. It’s important to follow Rome’s rule of thumb: if you see an enoteca, stop in. Though most enoteche are tiny and offer a limited antipasti menu, they cover more ground in their wine lists

and often have a charming gang of regulars. For the linguistically timid, there are also several stereotypical English and Irish pubs peppered around the city, complete with a steady stream of Guinness, darts, and rugby on their satellite televisions. Those oversize flat-screen TVs also show American football, baseball, and basketball—ideal for those who don't want to miss a playoff game.

Although Rome offers a cornucopia of evening bacchanalia, from ultra-chic to super-cheap, all that glitters is not gold. Insiders and visitors alike understand that finding "the scene" in Rome is the proverbial needle in the haystack: it requires patience and pursuit. Your best asset will be your ability to talk, since word-of-mouth is the most accurate source. Entertainment guides like Roma 2night provide great logistical information including up-to-date listings of bars and clubs. Most visitors head out in the centro storico to find some fun; Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Campo de' Fiori, and even Trastevere may be filled with tourists, but more recently, several niche and boutique bars have opened. (In contrast, the Spanish Steps area is a ghost town by 9 pm.) If you want to get out of the comfort zone, head to the Testaccio and San Lorenzo areas. And wherever you go, remember: Romans love an after-party, so plenty of nightlife doesn't start until midnight.

When it comes to clubs, discos, and DJs in Rome, Testaccio is considered a mecca. Testaccio’s Via Galvani is Rome’s Sunset Strip, where hybrid restaurant-clubs, largely identical in music and crowd, jockey for top ranking. On average, drinks range between €10 and €15, and one is often included with the entrance (€10–€20). In summer, many clubs relocate to the beach or the Tiber, so call ahead to confirm location and hours.

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PalaLottomatica

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Built for the 1960 Rome Olympics for basketball and boxing events, the PalaLottamatica is now a concert venue for big names like Italian...

Roof Garden Bar at Grand Hotel della Minerve

  • Bars/Pubs

During warm months, this lofty perch offers perhaps the most inspiring view in Rome—directly over the Pantheon's dome. The Roof Garden...

Shari Vari

  • Cafes–Nightlife

Shari Vari has reinvented itself as a sumptuous supper club, lounge, and disco. Its bistro and champagnerie are stocked with delicious...

Stravinskij Bar at the Hotel de Russie

  • Bars/Pubs

The Stravinskij Bar, in the Hotel de Russie's gorgeous garden, is the best place to catch a glimpse of la dolce vita. Celebrities, blue...

Terrace Bar of the Hotel Raphaël

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Want to sneak a peek at Rome's rooftops? Head to the small terrace bar at the Hotel Raphaël, noted for its bird's-eye view of the campaniles...

The Sofa Bar & Roof Terrace Restaurant

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The romantic rooftop terrace at Sofa has a 360-degree view of the Eternal City, so it's no surprise that it's a prime spot for a late-afternoon...

Trimani Il Winebar

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

One of Rome's best-stocked enotecas, this never-ending cantina proudly boasts over 4,000 labels and is the offspring of Rome's oldest...

Vinoteca Novecento

  • Wine Bars–Nightlife

A lovely, tiny enoteca with a very old-fashioned vibe, Vinoteca Novecento has a seemingly unlimited selection of wines, proseccos, vini...

Wine Bar at the Palazzetto

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The prize for perfect aperitivo spot goes to the Palazzetto, with excellent drinks and appetizers, as well as a breathtaking view of...

l'Alibi

  • Dance Clubs

One of Testaccio's longest-running clubs, l'Alibi hosts parties daily including its much anticipated Thursday Gloss Party. The crowd...

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