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 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 flatscreens 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 ultrachic to supercheap, 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—meaning "after dinner," of course—so plenty of nightlife doesn't start until midnight.

When it comes to clubs, discos, and DJs in Rome, Testaccio isconsidered a mecca for clubs, discotheques, and bars. 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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Ai Tre Scalini

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An ivy-covered wine bar in the center of Monti, Rome's trendiest 'hood, Ai Tre Scalini has a warm and cozy menu of delicious antipasti...


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The black-and-white-checker floors of Alexanderplatz, Rome's most important live jazz and blues club, are reminiscent of Harlem's 1930s...

Antica Birreria Peroni

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For beer lovers, the art nouveau–style halls of Antica Birreria Peroni will enchant you with their turn-of-the-century atmosphere,...

Antica Enoteca

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Piazza di Spagna's staple wine bar literally corners the market on prime people-watching. In addition to a vast selection of wine, Antica...

Antico Caffè della Pace

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It doesn't get any more Rome than this: a cappuccino or cocktail alfresco at a turn-of-the-20th-century-style cafè nestled in the picturesque...

Bar del Fico

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Bar del Fico looks a lot different from the days of yore when raucous outdoor chess matches accompanied cocktails at the once-barebones...

Big Mama

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Big Mama is Trastevere's homegrown institution for live music, including jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, international, and rock. ...

Black Market

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This barebones speakeasy-style bar offers top-notch cocktails expertly mixed with bitters or fruit,artisanal beer, organic wine, and...

Caffè Propaganda

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Propaganda is reminiscent of Parisian brasseries of the 1930s, with charming bar design, sultry music, a clever cocktail menu, and creative...

Café Doney at the Westin Excelsior

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Nattily dressed businesspeople and harried tourists enjoy signature martinis at the streetside Café Doney, Via Veneto's grand dame,...