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The 10 best clubs in Rome

From historical buildings to sleek modern set-ups, the best clubs in Rome also act as must-see attractions across town

Written by
Federica Rustico
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Hitting the tiles in the Eternal City? Our guide to the best clubs in Rome has got you covered. Okay, not literally covered, but these are the joints to seek out for parties that go late into the night and don’t hold back on the style side of the ledger. The Romans have always had a thing for a party, and that is as true today as it was all those centuries ago.

Rome is a thrilling city, a veritable living museum with some of the best restaurants on the planet, and it very much comes alive once the sun goes down. Parting in Rome starts late and goes on until well into the next day, so don’t bother showing up until midnight. Don’t forget the dancing shoes. 

Best clubs in Rome

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This ex-movie theatre-turned-club in Trastevere is fast becoming one of Rome’s most frequented venues. Come by on Thursdays to listen to live music jam sessions, and don’t miss out on Friday tribute nights, led by the resident band. On Saturdays, strut your stuff on the dance floor while Italian and international artists play R&B, soul, funk and jazz.

This gigantic palazzo in the EUR district boasting stunning terraces and a huge dance floor serves as a conference centre during the day and turns into a nightclub on special occasions. It’s the go-to place for international DJs playing minimal techno and house music. Paul Kalkbrenner, Loco Dice and Chris Liebing are just some of the artists that have performed here. The sound system is top-notch, and don’t get us started on the brilliant light shows.

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3. Art Cafè

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There are more than just cars in the underground parking garage of Villa Borghese: find one of the hottest clubs in Rome right here amid an oh-so-fashionable crowd. Dance the night away to commercial, house and revival music amid beautifully dressed ladies and gents while admiring cool choreographies by professional dancers. The dance floor? Spacious – but the VIP tables are better.

Coho Apartment
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4. Coho Apartment

This hip locale that sits right on Piazza Barberini is one of the coolest hangouts in the city. Think of a two-floor New York City-style apartment in Rome, but instead of boasting Manhattan skyline views, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Via del Tritone. An exotic mood blends with live music and DJ sets that complement the terrific cocktails available.

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This restaurant and club in the north of the city is the it-place for a night out with the locals. With an indoor and outdoor space surrounded by a vast candlelit garden, Profumo Spazio Sensoriale is the perfect venue year-round. Sing your lungs out to ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s Italian and international songs, followed by contemporary DJ sets. In the summertime, the party moves outside, and there’s no going home until the wee hours.

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Jackie O’

On a side street off famous Via Veneto, Jackie O’ is an absolute classic. It’s one of those clubs that used to be around when your parents went dancing, and it’ll be around when your kids will go dancing, too. Frequented by a mixed crowd of all ages, the music is pure Italian classics: a piano, a singer and ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s tunes will delight you.

From London and Los Angeles to Dubai and Istanbul, Toy Room is an internationally renowned club that has taken the Eternal City by storm. The eclectic and modern design (pink neon lights!) is animated by resident DJ James Da Cruz, who plays the moment’s hits on a 360-degree console next to Frank, the iconic teddy bear mascot that everyone loves to dance with. If you get hungry, revel in the on-premise popcorn maker.

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When it’s not time to call it a night yet, but the bars are closing, head to Notorious – the famous after-hours club that opens just after midnight. Just a stone’s throw away from Piazza Barberini, Notorious has got you covered with commercial music, a mixed crowd and a dance floor that can hold up to 300 people.

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