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"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 ant
"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, st
"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 i

"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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  • 1. Ai Tre Scalini

    Monti | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    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 and light...Read More

  • 2. Antica Birreria Peroni

    Piazza di Spagna | Bars/Pubs

    For beer lovers, the Art Nouveau–style halls of Antica Birreria Peroni will enchant you with their turn-of-the-20th-century atmosphere, not...Read More

  • 3. Bar del Fico

    Piazza Navona | Cafes–Nightlife

    Bar del Fico looks a lot different from the days of yore when raucous outdoor chess matches accompanied cocktails at the once-bare-bones local...Read More

  • 4. Etablì

    Piazza Navona | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    If you set up a wine bar in your living room, it’d feel a lot like Etablì. This is the perfect spot for meeting friends before a night out on...Read More

  • 5. Freni e Frizioni

    Trastevere | Cafes–Nightlife

    This hipster hangout has a cute artist vibe, and is great for an afternoon coffee, tea, or aperitivo, or for late-night socializing. In warmer...Read More

  • 6. Roof Garden Bar at Grand Hotel della Minerve

    Piazza Navona | 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 has an...Read More

  • 7. Tazio Bar

    Repubblica | Bars/Pubs

    A chic champagne bar named after the original Italian paparazzo Tazio Secchiaroli, this spot in the Palazzo Naiadi brings a very dolce vita...Read More

  • 8. Tram Depot

    Testaccio | Cafes–Nightlife

    A coffee stand by day and cocktail bar by night, this outdoor establishment began life as a city tram car back in 1903. Now the historic carriage...Read More

  • 9. Alexanderplatz Jazz Club

    Prati | Music Clubs

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

  • 10. Antica Enoteca

    Piazza di Spagna | Cafes–Nightlife

    Piazza di Spagna's staple wine bar literally corners the market on prime people-watching. Cozy up to the counter to sip a drink under the charming...Read More

  • 11. Big Mama

    Trastevere | Music Clubs

    Open since 1984, Big Mama is Trastevere's homegrown institution for live music, including jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, international, and...Read More

  • 12. Black Market San Lorenzo

    San Lorenzo | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    This bare-bones speakeasy-style bar offers top-notch cocktails expertly mixed with bitters or fruit, artisanal beer, organic wine, and a full...Read More

  • 13. Bukowski's Bar

    Borgo | Bars/Pubs

    This cozy spot outside the Vatican is furnished like a familiar living room with a giant velvet sofa and armchairs, making it easy to meet the...Read More

  • 14. Café Doney at the Westin Excelsior

    Piazza di Spagna | Cafes–Nightlife

    Nattily dressed businesspeople and harried tourists enjoy signature martinis at the street-side Café Doney, Via Veneto's grand dame, in front...Read More

  • 15. Caffè Propaganda

    Monti | Cafes–Nightlife

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

  • 16. Charity Café

    Monti | Music Clubs

    An intimate jazz club with live music performances nightly, Charity hosts local and international jazz musicians in a relaxed atmosphere. ...Read More

  • 17. Co.So. Cocktails & Social

    Pigneto | Cafes–Nightlife

    This sleek and modern spot is owned by Massimo d'Addezio, who used to be the barman at Stravinskij Bar in Rome's luxury Hotel De Russie, so...Read More

  • 18. Eataly Roma Repubblica

    Repubblica | Wine Bars–Nightlife

    If food is a religion in Italy, Eataly is its temple of worship. Although not as large as its Ostiense outpost, this new location is much easier...Read More

  • 19. Fiddler's Elbow

    Esquilino | Bars/Pubs

    The oldest Irish pub in Rome, the proud Fiddler's Elbow is a rustic, traditional pub that probably hasn't changed since it first installed its...Read More

  • 20. Fonclea

    Prati | Music Clubs

    Conveniently just around the corner from Castel Sant'Angelo, Fonclea jams with live music every night of the week—from jazz and Latin American...Read More

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