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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

Livia Hengel
Written by
Federica Rustico
Livia Hengel

Clubbing might not be what Rome is best known for, but trust us, it should not be underestimated. Italians have always loved a good party, even back during the Roman Empire when they indulged in lavish feasts and Bacchanalia gatherings.

La dolce vita is all about enjoying the good life, from a grappa-spiked caffè corretto in the morning to hip nightclubs where you can dance the night away. Our top tip? Don’t expect to be home by midnight - the Italians don’t even show up to the party until then. If you think you can handle it, read on for the best clubs in Rome. 

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This guide was recently updated by Livia Hengel, a writer based in Rome. At Time Out, all of our travel guides are written by local writers who know their cities inside out. For more about how we curate, see our editorial guidelines

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This ex-movie theatre-turned-club in Trastevere is one of Rome’s most popular 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. Alcazar also has a restaurant, so fill up on creative Italian dishes before the dancing begins. 

2. Jackie O’

Located on a side street off the 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. This exclusive pianobar attracts an elegant crowd of all ages — mainly locals — and the music is pure Italian classics. Inspired by Jackie Kennedy’s timeless style, it is an upscale place with thoughtful details like candlesticks, red leather furniture and stamped ice cubes in your cocktails.


3. Lanificio 159

Located inside a redeveloped wool mill in Rome's Pietralata neighborhood, Lanificio is a vast, industrial space spanning 3,500 sq m, with a hell of a lot going on. First opened in 2007, it includes shabby-chic restaurant, vintage furniture showroom, rooftop bar and Lanificio 159, a nightclub and concert venue. Lanificio 159 hosts themed nights like Shaky Shaky (Reggaeton, Hip Hop and R&B) and Club Tropicana (New Wave, Electropop and Italo Disco), along with concerts by Italian and international artists. Digitalism, Mount Kimbie and 2manydjs have all played here.

4. The Sanctuary Eco Retreat

A green oasis just footsteps from the hip Monti area, the Sanctuary Eco Retreat is inspired by the tropical lifestyle of Mexico and Thailand. Open Thursday-Saturday from 6pm to 4am and Sundays for brunch, it's a hip hangout that will make you feel far away from the traffic and noise of Italy's buzzing capital. Come by for Asian-inspired dishes, rituals like tarot reading and fire shows, and of course, live music. You can enjoy vinyl sets in the garden area, electronic music in the Club room and good vibes from aperitivo time until late into the night.


5. Piper

A Roman mainstay first opened in 1965, Piper Club is an intimate discoteca and concert venue located across from the upscale Coppedè neighborhood, not far from Villa Borghese. Historically popular with VIPs, it’s a small space and perpetually crowded so show up early to avoid a long queue. The club specialises in house, techno and indie music from the 70s to 90s. Just bare in mind that smoking is allowed inside, if you hate ciggies. 

Profumo Spazio Sensoriale
Photograph: Courtesy TripAdvisor/Profumo Spazio Sensoriale

6. Profumo Spazio Sensoriale

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.

Spazio Novecento
Photograph: Courtesy TripAdvisor/Spazio Novecento

7. Spazio Novecento

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.

8. Art Cafè

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 at Art Café 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.

9. Qube

A queer nightclub in east Rome, Qube is set upon three floors with a number of themed rooms. Every night is a party here with live performances, disco music, drag shows and non-stop dancing. The crowd goes all out so come dressed to impress and express yourself. Since the 90s, every Friday is ‘Muccassassina’ night dedicated to celebrating queer culture. Special guests over the years have included Amanda Lepore, David Lachapelle and Alexander McQueen.

10. Toy Room

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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