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The 12 best clubs in Rome

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

Written by
Federica Rustico
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Hot heck, these people seriously know how to party. Rome is an inherently exciting place, but does it get any more energetic and invigorating than a night on the tiles in the Eternal City? No, it doesn’t. The best clubs in Rome will have even the most reticent of partygoers throwing shapes in no time.

The warehouse clubbing revolution has made its way to the Italian capital, but there is more to clubbing here than hipsters and minimalism. There is a little bit of something for everyone on the dance floors here, from electronic to piano bars and all the latest mainstream hits. As long as you’re dancing, who cares what is playing?

Partying in Rome starts late at night and goes on until beyond shepherd’s delight (don’t bother showing up until midnight). Don’t forget the dancing shoes.

Best clubs in Rome

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.

This legendary Parisian nightclub made its debut inside Rome’s glamorous Palazzo Dama in 2015, bringing its famed velvety style and music footsteps from Piazza del Popolo. If it’s a fashionable night out you’re looking for, search no more. With Raspoutine’s Ibiza style sounds and international DJs, your Friday and Saturday nights will definitely last until the wee hours. Be sure to check out the stunning outdoor swimming pool and garden for a drink.

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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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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.

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6. 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 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.

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7. 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.

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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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 when it comes to 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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If you’re into electronic and techno, get yourself to this music temple in the Libetta district. Hosting DJ legends the likes of Sven Vath and Ricardo Villalobos, Goa has been leading the Roman club scene with its avant-garde musical programs and cutting-edge sound system for a while now. The iconic original venue is no more, but plans are very much in place for Goa 2.0 to revolutionise Rome's clubs all over again.

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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A history lesson about the best pizza in Rome is intrinsically connected to the long-standing rivalry between the Neapolitan and Roman versions of the delicacy. In Naples, the pizza boasts a soft, thin and slightly chewy dough. In Rome, a crispier dough is preferred. Regional allegiances and personal preferences will dictate your palate’s own champion but one thing is certain: both versions of the food are delicious. 

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