A Rome Nightlife Guide

Explore Rome’s hippest districts after dark

You might be visiting Rome for the food, the culture, art or antiquities, but once the sun goes down, it’s time to explore a different side to Italy’s capital. The Eternal City is, unsurprisingly, home to an eternal party. There’s always something going on in Rome for those in the know.

  1. Piazza Navona & Campo De’Fiori
  2. Trastevere
  3. Garbatella
  4. Testaccio & Ostiense
  5. Monti

Explore nightlife in Rome district by district, whether you’re hunting for a rooftop bar, classy cocktails, down-to-earth beers or techno clubs. If you’re looking to sip excellent wine while sampling exquisite sharing platters, you’ve come to the right city, but not all Rome nightlife is pricey either. Let’s dive in.

1. Piazza Navona & Campo De’Fiori

In Rome’s thriving heart, tourists and locals converge at all hours and the city never sleeps. Bar del Fico is a staple spot to start your night – a café/bar/restaurant with a bohemian vibe and plenty of outdoor seating, in one of the cosiest, most-atmospheric squares in the district. Salotto42 is a fashionable and atmospheric wine and cocktail bar where you can also sample Aperitivo or delicious light bites. Il Goccetto, near the river, is a very classy and upmarket wine bar with a gorgeous interior, phenomenal food and a well-chosen wine list – an evening out for the discerning, though by no means overpriced. Alternatively, head to the roofs for a night-time vista of the Eternal City at Hotel Minerva’s bar, Hey Güey or elegant 9Hotel Cesàri. For late-night dancing, Romans swear by ShariVari. This institution serves food and coffee by day and hosts DJ sets at night in a grand, historical building. Wisdomless Club is another, newer, favourite, dishing out artfully created cocktails and a classy interior with old-world charm, open until 2am.

Classy favourite: The Jerry Thomas Speakeasy for sultry ambience

Best rooftop view: The Court – incredible colosseum view

2. Trastevere

The bustling district of Trastevere is even more lively at night than during the day. The streets are aglow with the light from trattorias and restaurants and most bars spill over onto the pavements and piazzas, creating an atmosphere of one big, friendly party. Here, the nightlife is mostly cocktails bars and laid-back, on-street drinking and eating, with people gathering and lounging on stone stairs and walls outside bars, rather than trying to squeeze inside. Freni e Frizioni is a cool and incredibly popular spot for cocktails in trendy Piazza Trilussa. It’s housed in a former mechanic’s shop, and the venue also hosts Aperitivo (where you can help yourself to morsels from the groaning table of food, as long as you’re buying a drink). Just around the corner you’ll find hole-in-the-wall ‘Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà’ – a craft beer favourite with a good selection bottled and on tap. Opposite, Mate Bar and Trilussa, are also beer-focused spots. Wine connoisseurs will want to sip and sample (and get a delicious bite to eat) at Enoteca Ferrara or Latteria Trastevere.

New on the scene: Trendy Coffee Pot combines exquisite cocktails and sushi

Oldie & Goodie: Caffé del Cinque & On the Rox

3. Garbatella

Escape the other tourists and head with the locals towards the cool Garbatella neighbourhood, for delicious food, drinking and dancing. Why not start at Bauhaus? It’s a modern and incredibly aesthetically designed restaurant with equally pretty food. It slowly transforms to a cool bar over the evening, open until 2am. You can find a picture-perfect cocktail at Why Not cocktail bar or colourful Biffi, which transforms into a hip bar as the sun sets. Otium wine bar is the connoisseur’s choice, with a curated wine selection, irresistible sharing plates and a surprisingly laid-back, fuss-free atmosphere, open until after midnight. Those more inclined towards beer will want to try 568 Public House, with its cool, wood-clad interior and extensive international beer list both bottled and on tap. As the hours tick on, make your way to infamous club Circolo Degli Illuminati. It’s a long-time locals’ favourite nightclub with an industrial vibe; very lively and with several rooms inside. For techno, check out the line-up and theme at Neo Club and Rashomon Club, two of the city’s top spots.

More top picks: Honkytonk & La Mescita

Cocktail hotspot: Latteria Garbatella

4. Testaccio & Ostiense

Testaccio is a storied district near Circo Maximo and Piramide and is one of the best places in the city for hearty Roman fayre and bustling, family friendly restaurants. The vibe here very much combines fine food with fine drink, and fine company. As the sun sets, trendy Tram Depot goes from a colourful outdoor café to the perfect place to start the evening with a spritz or cocktail al fresco. You’ll then want to move on to Oasi della Birra for wine, loaded boards of cured meats and cheese and – you guessed it – speciality beers. Il Testaccino, on the same square, is another great spot for fantastic food and delicious drinks. Masto a Testaccio is a popular wine bar, serving boards and vino in a convivial atmosphere. For live music, head to Elegance Café on the border with Ostiense . It’s a cosy venue with an artful menu, vibrant cocktails and a reputation for formidable jazz. Once here, head for craft-beer joint Hopside (a top-tip if you haven’t eaten yet) and/or La Ragnatela Hop501.

Something different: Makai Surf & Tiki Bar

Top tip: Between bars/en-route home, try Trapizzino for pizza-pocket-delights

5. Monti

Squeezed between the Roman Forum and Termini station, Monti used to be a somewhat insalubrious district but has long since become an indispensable part of Rome nightlife. Cocktails are to be found in abundance here, at venues like cool and hidden-away Drop, intimate Ex Galleria and Rooftop Spritzeria Monti a tiny, trendy roof terrace bar. Venture into hip Drink Kong, where Japanese food meets mood-based cocktails or get to know Black Market Hall, an institution that deserves an article in its own right. An unobtrusive entrance leads the curious off the street into a maze-like, subterranean bar with the ambience of a classy living room, complete with leather armchairs and dusky table lamps. You’ll want to find a cosy, secluded sofa and get ensconced here. Most bars in Monti are openly and actively LGBTQ+ friendly, but you’ll also find a few gay bars, including 101 Club, Censured and Coming Out.

More cocktails: Libreria Caffè Bohémien (library meets living room meets hip bar)

More wine: Family-owned Ai Tre Scalini

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