After a long day of sightseeing and strolling around the Eternal City, there’s no better way to refresh yourself than with a glass of Italian wine or your favourite cocktail. During my time living in Rome, I visited a lot of bars and pubs and compiled a list of my personal recommendations for you. All you have to decide is which one to visit first!
Analemma, Via Leonina, 77 (Monti). Offering a wide range of cocktails (the classics and a few unusual, exciting alternatives), along with a very good vegetarian aperitivo.
Bar del Fico – Piazza del Fico, 26 (City centre). A popular haunt for Romans. There is some seating inside….grab it if you can! During the day, people of all ages meet to challenge each other at chess. At night, locals gather outside until the early hours, catching up with friends.
Black Market Monti, Via Panisperna, 101 (Monti). Comfortable sofas and armchairs, relaxed informal atmsophere and a range of cocktails to sample. Aperitivo available.
Jerry Thomas Speakeasy, Vicolo Cellini, 30 (City centre). Very cool, theatrical speakeasy bar, decorated with 1920s Prohibition-era chic. Really imaginative cocktail menu with some surprising ingredients!
L’Oasi della Birra – Piazza Testaccio, 41 (Ostiense). Great location for people-watching, with indoor and outdoor seating seating (including a large basement) and many wine & beer options.
Masto, Via Galvani, 41 (Testaccio). Well-sourced meats and cheese, and an impressive wine list. You can tell they really take pride in serving high-quality food and drink. Aperitivo available.
Necci dal 1924, Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68 (Pigneto). Away from the tourist traps, this is where the Pigneto locals like to drink. Cool atmosphere, lots of outdoor seating and a long cocktail list (along with wine & beer).
Rec23 Restaurant Emporio Club, Piazza dell’Emporio, 1/2 (Testaccio). Large venue which offers food throughout the day, along with aperitivo. Weekly expat events are held there every Tuesday by Expats Living In Rome, if you’re in Rome for a while and are looking to meet some new people.
Spirito, Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 53 (Pigneto). Excellent cocktails and a tasty aperitivo, in an interesting Roman neighbourhood not often visited by tourists.
Tram Depot, Via Marmorata, 13 (Testaccio) – A converted tram which now serves hot and cold drinks, and nibbles. Good for drinks during the day or night, but unfortunately not open all-year round.
I hope these recommendations come in handy for your next holiday to Rome. If I haven’t mentioned your favourite bar, please share it in the comments!
Ciao for now
The Curious Sparrow