Bar San Calisto
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A coffee bar by day, this Trastevere dive bar attracts a lively crowd at night thanks to its frozen-in-time décor, cheap drinks and outdoor seating.
Situated just around the corner from Trastevere's main square, Bar San Calisto’s patio tables are full nearly every hour of the day. The dive-y bar is more retro coffee shop than cocktail lounge, and has long been one of Rome’s most popular bohemian hangouts. The drinking joint is a real gem thanks to its outdoor seating and dirt cheap booze, the combination of which makes for great people watching. Some of the regulars look a little worse for wear, but the crowd is rounded out with a good mix of students and local intellectuals, most of whom choose to nurse large bottles of €3 Peroni while arguing over soccer predictions.
Time Out tip: Don’t expect any menus or table service at Bar San Calisto. Head inside to pay at the cash register, then take your receipt to the bar in order to redeem your drink.