Where to head in Rome when the sun goes down…
Circolo degli Artisti / Photo courtesy of jimmi cossu
10. Circolo degli Artisti
For some of the best live music around town, you will never be disappointed at Circolo degli Artisti. The centro sociale (underground bar) is situated between San Lorenzo and another hip, bohemian part of town called Pigneto. Plenty of big name indie rock bands (both Italian and international) have played here such as Pete Doherty, Billy Corgan, the Sonics and others. The club is rather big and has various rooms full of activities such as movie screenings, makeshift picnics and art galleries. The outdoor area is large with bar service provided throughout and there is often a couple of food stands and sometimes even a vintage market. BUS: 5, 14. TRAM: Porta Maggiore.
9. La Cabala
One of Rome’s flashiest and most exclusive nightclubs, La Cabala is situated in a medieval palazzo on top of the restaurant Hostaria dell’Orso, a 14th century building that overlooks the Tiber River. It’s pretty much Rome’s version of a classy supper club and located in the ever stylish Piazza Navona area it’s no wonder the venue has developed this reputation. The is quite big and it is spread out across a three-level space that includes a piano bar, restaurant, and nightclub. The crowd is very stylish and generally aged 25-30+. Music is generally house, dance and techno and the venue is open only on weekends, Friday to Saturday. BUS: 30, 492. Metro: Spagna.
Insider Tip: Saturday is the busiest night of the week so get there early if you can.”
Via dei Soldati, 25/C
8. Porto Fluviale
Many of the latest hotspots in Rome are New York warehouse style eateries, with quite a few located in up-and-coming industrial Ostiense. Porto Fluviale is a bright and cool space and houses several different types of restaurants: a trattoria, pizzeria, bar and dining room all with the same modern rustic style and laidback feel. The food is great, affordable and local. At lunch time they put on a large buffet spread and the in the evening there is a lively atmosphere at aperitivo time where you can order “spuntini” or small bar snacks off the menu plus an extensive drinks and cocktail list.
A: Via del Porto Fluviale, 22, Ostiense;
T: +39 06 5743199
Insider Tip: Porto Fluviale is a great option for a low-key night out where you can combine food with a couple of drinks in a stylish setting.
When it comes to aperitivo time, this bar is one of the best in Rome. Thanks to its posh décor and hip music, this place gets lively around happy hour time (7-9pm), when tourists and locals pack this place in to grab a drink with friends and chow down on their hearty food buffet. Here one can order a glass of wine or prosecco or even one of their uber delicious cocktails made with exotic fruit. It’s also the perfect place to come for a late night drink and listening to the music playing from their nightly live DJ set. BUS: 40, 64, 46.
Insider Tip: At the foot of Piazza Navona, Fluid makes for a great city night with cocktails and lively music to match.
Via del Governo Vecchio, 46/47
6. Salotto 42
Conveniently located across from the suggestive Hadrian’s Temple, is a tiny sleek bar where locals go to see and be seen. The interior of this venue is modern and fashionable featuring plushy couches and chairs. The walls are adorned with contemporary art and design and fashion books are stacked against the walls. At night, Salotto 42 morphs into a buzzing cocktail bar for the hip, 30-something crowd. If there isn’t anything that you fancy on the list, the bar staff are always happy to come up with something signature just for you. Closed in August. BUS: 80, 492, 62, 52, 53. METRO: Spagna.
Insider Tip: Right in the heart of the historical center, Salotto 42 is the place to be for delicious cocktails.
Piazza di Pietra 42
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-2am; Sun 10am-Midnight
5. Freni e Frizioni
Freni e Frizioni (which literally means shocks and brakes)is perhaps one of the most happening places in all of Trastevere. The mechanic shop-turned hipsters’ bar is especially popular during aperitivo time. The place gets jumping from 7pm onwards and features a mixed crowd of shabby chic bohemians, tourists and American college students. This place does up a mean mojito for about 7-8 euros. During aperitivo hour (7-9pm), they also have a nice spread of finger foods and veggies to munch on. Freni e Frizioni stays lively well into the night as well. So if you don’t make it for happy hour, grabbing an after-dinner drink here is also a good alternative. BUS:23. TRAM: 8.
Insider Tip: This Trastevere institution is not only good value with their massive aperitvo buffet, but a cool and hip place to be.
Freni e Frizioni
A: Via dei Politeama, 4/6
4. Rome Tram Tracks
Who takes you to dance in the shadow of the Colosseum? Rome Tram Tracks that’s who! You will no doubt see all the sights and main attractions in Rome but never have you seen them on board a vintage tram with live music, wine and aperitivo snacks. The energy on board is electric and as Domenico and his band belt out tracks by the Rolling Stones, Elvis and Italian artists like Antonello Venditti and Lucio Battisti, you just can’t help but be on your feet and dancing. The ride runs for about an hour and 45 minutes and is one of the most unique ways to spend a night in Rome. The total price is 40 and includes all food, beverage and entertainment. Shows are currently running twice a month (generally Monday evenings). Visit website for details. BUS TRAM: Porta Maggiore.
Insider Tip: “Spots for Rome Tram Tracks are limited and bookings are mandatory so visit the website and get in early.”
Rome Tram Tracks
A: Piazza Di Porta Maggiore
T: 334 732 8705
Hours: Mon 7:30pm-9:30pm / Event Dates and Times Vary
3. Rome’s Comedy Club
Rome’s Comedy Club founded by Italian-American Marsha De Salvatore is one of the most entertaining nights in Rome. The eternal city’s only English speaking comedy show features an open mic round up of Rome’s funniest. Held at a theatre restaurant in the Ostiense neighbourhood, it’s easily accessed by the historical center. Doors open for dinner at 8:45pm with showtime at 10:00pm and the entry is 15 for drink and show or 35 euro for a drink, show and 4-course meal. Shows are generally held on the last Friday of each month but visit the website for more information or to sign up for regular updates. BUS:
3. METRO: Piramide.
Insider Tip: Book early if you’re in town for the last Friday of any month and it’s great value going for the dinner and show package.”
Rome’s Comedy Club
A: Via Francesco Carletti 5
T: 06 5755561 or 3921505171
K-Club is one of the hottest restaurant and cocktail bars in the Centro Storico. This venue enjoys a prime position tucked away in a lovely little piazza behind the Pantheon called Piazza delle Coppelle. K-Club is a chic restaurant decked out with a sleek black, silver and purple design throughout the locale. It starts of the night as a ‘trendy’ restaurant. hip with the well-to-do thirty-somethings and politico crowd. Then close to midnight, the restaurant morphs into a lively cocktail bar with dj set and sometimes even live music. It specializes in over 130 different cocktails. BUS: 116, 80, 52, 53, 492. METRO: SPAGNA.
Insider Tip “For party details and other events, check out the ‘events’ section of K-Club’s website. More than 30 cocktails and cool DJ set, K-Club is one of the hottest spots in Rome’s Centro Storico.
A: Piazza delle Coppelle 54/55/56
T: 06 6880 4760
1. Shari Vari Playhouse
Shari Vari Playhouse has fast become the new It-girl on Rome’s nightclub scene. The club, which was formerly known as the Supper Club, is huge and is conveniently located just around the corner from both Largo Argentina and the Pantheon. It has three levels of rooms to choose from with each featuring a different dance genre including hip-hop, retro, house and dance music. It attracts quite a stylish international crowd and very well-dressed Romans with a worldy attitude. To avoid disappointment, it’s highly recommended to reserve a table. The club hosts regular themed events and promote these ’serate’ on their website. BUS: 64, 40, 46. TRAM: 8 (3342532673)
Insider Tip: To get on the guest list or to reserve a VIP table here, contact Rome’s PR guru and party guy Marc Cefaratti: 334 253 2673.”
Shari Vari Playhouse
A: Via di Torre Argentina, 78
Source: USA Today, Top Ten