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16 delizioso places to drink in Rome

By Kellie Paxian, Caleigh Alleyne Dec 06, 2018 2:22 am

Just like how Rome wasn’t built in a day, you can’t see all there is to see in Rome in a day. But after those busy (and crowded) days of sightseeing, there is nothing better than winding down with a bevvy of your choice.

To help you navigate your way through this busy city, here’s a roundup of our favourite spots in the city to enjoy a drink. Start off by ordering an Aperol Spritz or a bierria at one of these spots, and follow the locals to see where the night takes you to create your own bar crawl through the city!

Saluti! 

Charming speakeasy: Club Derriere

 

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You can reach this speakeasy through a wardrobe door in the back of the restaurant Osteria delle Copelle. Classy, yummy cocktails – and we could say the same for the bartenders. If you can’t find the bathroom, check through the bookcase on the wall … *speakeasy inception*

Address: Via delle Coppelle, 59
Neighbourhood: Colonna
Phone: +39-393-566-1077
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Hip hop happy hour: Bar del Fico

 

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A short walk from Piazza Navona, this open-air bar and terrace are usually bumping with hip-hop tunes. A great place to make new friends, or just sip wine while getting your Drake fix (speaking from experience).

Address:  Piazza del Fico, 26/28
Neighbourhood: Centro

Phone: +39-06-6889-1373
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Members-only speakeasy: Jerry Thomas

You’ll have to search for the password for this speakeasy on the homepage of their website, but if you can make it through the door, you’re in for a dark and smoky treat — everything from the décor to the staff outfits screams the roarin’ twenties. You will have to pay a small “membership” fee, which lasts you for a year. Consider it a cover charge. Once you taste the cocktails, it’ll all be worth it!

Address: Vicolo Cellini, 30
Neighbourhood: Regola
Phone: +39-06-9684-5937
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Chic vodka bar: Stravinskij Bar

 

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Inside the beautiful Hotel de Russie, Stravinskij Bar is an elegant space to grab a cocktail. Beautifully set in their cobblestone courtyard, this bar is known for having one of the best martinis in the city. The soft lighting and comfortable armchairs make this the perfect spot for a romantic evening out in Rome. 

Address: Via del Babuino, 9
Neighbourhood: Campo Marzio
Phone: +39-06-3288-8874
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An old classic: Cul de Sac

 

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First opened in 1977, Cul de Sac is one of Rome’s oldest wine bars with over 1,500 bottles in a phone directory style menu. For a wine bar, the prices are reasonable and an ideal spot to grab an aperitif or a light lunch and indulge in the never-ending menu!.

Address: Via del Governo Vecchio, 73
Neighbourhood: Centro
Phone: +39-06-6880-1094
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Shabby chic: Freni e Frizioni 

 

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Mixing the best elements of a dive bar in a classy atmosphere, Freni e Frizioni (Brakes and Clutches) takes its name from the mechanic workshop that used to be where the bar is now. In the warmer months, this bar gets so busy that crowds spill onto the street after they grab a drink from the bar. Be sure to also try their drink of the week, freshly mixed up by the bartenders.

Address: Via del Politeama, 4
Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Phone: +39-06-4549-7499
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Aperitivo bar: Oasi della Birra

 

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One of the most Italian experiences you can have is at an aperitivo bar. Try and get here before 8:00 pm to have one of their delicious cocktails paired with their evening buffet.  This buffet is so large that for many it replaces their dinner. If you’re looking for a larger dinner, they have a selection of salads, meat and cheese platters, and a few hot dishes on their a la carte menu.

Address: Piazza Testaccio, 41
Neighbourhood: Testaccio 
Phone: +39-06-574-6122
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Hole in the wall: Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà

 

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This cozy space is a popular spot for the locals in Trastevere neighbourhood. Lined with some of the best craft beer in the city, this laid-back vibe is perfect for posting up at the bar to try some Italian microbrews. There are usually some international craft beers that sneak onto the menu that are worth a taste. 

Address: Via Bendetta, 25
Neighbourhood: Trastevere
Phone: +39-06-6456-2046
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Neighbourhood hang: Necci dal 1924

 

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Only in Rome will you find out that the neighbourhood bar used to be a gelato shop. Transformed into the local hangout, Necci dal 1924 has a low key patio that is always full on weekends and still serves Aperol Spritz for only €5. Life doesn’t get any better than this!  

Address: Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68
Neighbourhood: Pigneto
Phone: +39-06-9760-1552
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LGBTQ bar: Coming Out

 

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For a relaxed vibe, day drinks and great music, Coming Out is the place to go. The neighbourhood around the Colosseum is a liberal and artistic space, making this the perfect spot for live music events and dance nights where everyone is welcome.

Address: Via di San Giovanni in Laterano, 8
Neighbourhood: Monti
Phone: +39-06-700-9871
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Burlesque: Micca Club

 

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Known for burlesque and retro vinyl, Micca Club has weekly events and alternative DJ sets to keep the party going. From hip cabarets to cafe dinner shows, this club is an amusing experience that will have you dancing in the audience. Make sure to grab your tickets in advance to secure your spot!

Address: Via dei Due Macelli, 75
Neighbourhood: Campo Marzio
Phone: +39-393-323-6244
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Post-sightseeing drink: Caffe Propaganda

 

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Around the corner from the Colosseum, this bistro-style bar is the perfect spot to cool off after a long day of taking in the spectacular sights of Rome. With a menu designed by unique mixologists, this spot sets the standard for cocktails in Rome, with surprising creations served with small bites. 

Address: Via Claudia, 15
Neighbourhood: Monti
Phone: +39-06-9453-4255
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Vintage bar: Black Market Monti

 

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Nestled between the tourist attractions lies a vintage bar reminiscent of your best friend’s chic basement suite. With multiple rooms filled with plush furniture and cool artwork, this bar is a great escape after a busy day in Rome. Check online to see their upcoming schedule as there is often live eclectic music performances in the bar.

Address: Via Panisperna, 101
Neighbourhood: Monti
Phone: +39-339-822-7541
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Instagram friendly: Salotto 42

 

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When in Rome, why not enjoy a cocktail that you can Instagram as well? Lined with beautiful florals and ivy adorning the entrance, Salotto 42 is an upscale bar known for their delicious drinks, tasty finger foods and cool music. 

Address: Piazza di Pietra, 42
Neighbourhood: Colonna
Phone: +39-06-678-5804
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Quirky cocktails: Co.So

 

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While Pigneto is known for their low-key and laidback cocktail bars, Co.So. (Cocktails & Social) is a swanky alternative that adds a little bit of pizzaz to your evenings. Co.So. keeps their guests amused with menus delivered to your table in Manila envelopes, bubble wrap coasters, an all-you-can-eat popcorn machine, and gummy bears to snack on while you enjoy your cocktails. 

Address: Via Braccio da Montone, 80
Neighbourhood: Pigneto
Phone: +39-06-4543-5428
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High fashion: Zuma

 

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If you’re looking for the place to run into Italian A-listers or wear your most luxurious designs, Zuma is the place to be. Located above Fendi’s flagship store, Zuma is a two-floor contemporary Japanese restaurant with stunning rooftop terrace views. This is a spot where the food and wine never stop flowing. 

Address: Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48
Neighbourhood: Tridente
Phone: +39-06-9926-6622
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Caleigh Alleyne
Caleigh is a travel journalist who has explored 37 countries and counting, Catch her on-air sharing her travel tips on Breakfast Television, The Social and The Marilyn Denis Show or follow her latest adventure on Instagram.
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Kellie Paxian
Travel Editor at Daily Hive. Specializing in yoloing, speakeasy hopping, and obnoxiously requesting "Havana" by Camila Cabello across the globe. 💃🏼
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