Where to go out in Rome
Serate (evenings) in Rome tend to be unhurried affairs, starting late and unfolding gradually. Post-dinner entertainment may consist of nothing more than a stroll through busy centro storico alleys: those between piazza Navona and corso Vittorio Emanuele are particularly frequented by night-owls, who stop for digestivi liqueurs at hang-outs such as the Bar del Fico, No-Au and Etabli, or grab a superb ice cream from the Gelateria del Teatro.
Clubbers head further south, to the Testaccio district, where grottoes hollowed out beneath a mountain made of discarded Roman potsherds provides the unique setting for Akab (R&B, house), Caruso Café de Oriente (Latin), Café Latino (jazz, ethnic and more) and a host of others.
Alternatively, Micca Club, south of the centro, offers eccentric vintage and burleqsue, DJ sets and live acts of all kinds, from 1960s beat to soul, funk to jazz and rock’n’roll. It’s a hike to Circolo degli Artisti in the southern suburbs, but this is the city’s top venue for small and medium acts from the international alternative music circuit. On Saturdays the established Screamadelica event hosts some of Europe’s best indie artists and up-and-coming Italian bands, followed by a DJ spinning electro and new wave; the garden is a great place to spend a warm evening.
In the northern Flaminio district, the Auditorium-Parco della Musica is Rome’s one-stop shop for an eclectic range of ‘serious’ performing arts attractions: dance, cultural and musical events, these last ranging from full symphonic concerts to live jazz, ethnic sounds and cutting-edge contemporary.
Akab Via di Monte Testaccio 68-69. +39 06 5725 0585. Closed Sun-Tue.
Auditorium-Parco della Musica Via P de Coubertin 15. +39 06 370 0106.
Bar del Fico Piazza del Fico 26-26. +39 06 6880 8413. Open daily.
Caruso Café de Oriente Via di Monte Testaccio 36. +39 06 574 5019. Closed Mon.
Caffè Latino Via di Monte Testaccio 96. +39 06 578 2411. Closed Sun-Tue.
Circolo degli Artisti Via Casilina Vecchia 42. +39 06 9725 0663. Closed closing day varies.
Etabli Via delle Vacche 9, +39 06 9761 6694. Closed Sun.
Gelateria al Teatro Via dei Coronari 65. +39 06 4547 4880. Open daily.
Micca Club Via Pietro Micca 7a. +39 06 8744 0079. Closed Wed.
No-Au Piazza di Montevecchio 16A. +39 06 4565 2770. Closed Mon.