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Nightlife in Rome: 12 best places to party the night away

From burlesque clubs to cocktail hotspots, nightlife in Rome is so varied and oh-so-very fun. Night owls, get ready


It’s no secret that Rome is as great for bar hopping as it is for eating your bodyweight in cacio e pepe. But if you’ve been before, you’ll know that in Rome, the bar hopping starts late. And after that? You might need to move on to something a little more raucous. Enter: Rome’s nightlife scene, where things get even wilder. 

After midnight, why not take yourself to one of Rome’s notorious speakeasies? Or grab drinks on a floating barge? Here you can do shots at a dive bar or spend the night dancing in a legendary gay club. Play chess with the locals till the early hours and snack on cheese boards until you stagger home. Whatever your style, Rome has got it all (and then some). Here are the best nightlife spots in Rome. 

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Emma Gordon is 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

Best Rome nightlife

1. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy

What is it? A proper little speakeasy, hidden away behind a secret door in Osteria delle Coppelle, one of Rome’s trendiest areas. Like all good speakeasies, you need a code to enter, but once you’re in, you’re in. 

Why go? Not only are the cocktails incredible, but this spot just oozes cool. Some of Rome’s trendiest locals hang out here, and it genuinely feels like a trip back in time to the Prohibition era. Our top tip? Try a mezcal-based cocktail (a Jerry Thomas speciality). 

2. Baja

What is it? You’re not short of beautiful, aesthetic spots to enjoy an aperitivo in Rome, this is an absolute chart topper. Baja is a bar on a former harbour barge which floats on the Tiber banks, with spectacular views of the city. 

Why go? If it’s sunny, there’s nowhere better for a drink. Often there’s live music too, and the cocktails are delicious. This is quite a fancy spot, so if you want to be in with a chance of getting a window seat, you might want to dress to impress. 


3. Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà

What is it? In the heart of Trastevere, the crowds at the wonderfully-named dive bar Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà (loosely translated, it means ‘What the hell are you doing here?’) often spill out onto the street. Offering a huge selection of craft beers, it’s a place for making new friends.

Why go? Trust us, it might look rough around the edges, but it makes for a great night out. Don’t judge this book by its cover! Nearby is Piazza Trilussa, where you can drink al fresco side-by-side with the young Roman crowd, students and tourists alike.

4. Bar del Fico

What is it? A lively bar in a quintessential square behind Piazza Navona, Bar del Fico buzzes with hipsters and old men. The former come for the abundant aperitivo spread and excellent mojitos; the latter for playing chess.

Why go? Sit at one of the tables beneath the old fig tree, which gives the picturesque square and the bar their names. If you get hungry, Da Francesco next door does a decent pizza.


5. Ai Tre Scalini

What is it? A popular Roman hangout that serves a vast selection of wines, beers and simple but delicious food until 1am. Put your name on the list and head outside to sit on Ai Tre Scalini’s eponymous ‘three steps’ while you wait for your table.

Why go? Chow down on local specialities like lasagna ai funghi and ricotta di bufala with truffle honey. If you’re not ready to go home afterwards, head to the nearby piazzetta, where Woody Allen’s ‘To Rome With Love’ was filmed.

6. Vinile

What is it? In the non-touristy Ostiense area, retro jazz, swing and soul venue Vinile has a different live band every evening. It’s impossible not to tap your toes to the beat here, even if you’re not brave enough to get up on the dancefloor.

Why go? Looking to improve your dancing skills? Swing dance lessons are held in the hours before live music commences. Just grab a partner and join in! Don’t be shy.


7. Marmo

What is it? Located in a former marble workshop next to Verano cemetery, Marmo (meaning ‘marble’) is a lively venue in the buzzing, alternative San Lorenzo neighbourhood. Open from 6.30pm until 2am.

Why go? Rather than the usual DJ sets found elsewhere, the policy here is strictly live music only. And their cocktails, designed and served by some of the best mixologists in town, are infamous. Sign up for the membership card to queue jump.

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What is it? Open until 2am, this former cinema has been converted into a cultural concept space, where you can find everything from arthouse cinema screenings to jam sessions, art exhibitions and funk bands.

Why go? You can satisfy your every cultural need here. And what’s more, if you head upstairs, you’ll find their hostaria: a restaurant with a great view of the stage from above and a menu rich in locally-sourced produce.


9. Sharivari

What is it? If you’re in the centre of Rome and looking for something a little more lively than a wine bar that’s also not full of teenagers, try Sharivari Play House. It’s a private club and restaurant that hosts themed nights.

Why go? Head to the venue down a small side street near Piazza Navona, and you can dance the night away to hip-hop, R&B and retro tunes, espresso martini in hand. Or opt for a table to enjoy people-watching from the side of the dancefloor.

10. Voodoo Bar

What is it? A place for revellers to sip on fun, fruity cocktails at the Caribbean bar or share sushi and tapas at the Tropical Restaurant.

Why go? Follow the candlelit path into the park to party the night away with live music and DJ sets at this Latin-American-style outdoor club. If it all gets too much, enjoy Voodoo Bar’s ‘chilling zone’ – you can even get a massage! Best of all, it’s free entry.


11. Burlesque @ Micca Club

What is it? If you’re looking for something a little different on your night out, head to the centre of town, and you’ll find Micca: a feast for the eyes. This Burlesque club will show you a good time.

Why go? The entry fee includes an aperitivo (drink and finger food) or dinner, and the show. Choose to sit in a box for more luxurious viewing. A naughty but nice evening out!

12. Borgo Ripa

What is it? Describing itself as ‘super social’, this large, leafy courtyard is where the young ‘it’ crowd gather on summer evenings to drink wine and look cool. 

Why go? Borgo Ripa is a spot to stay for dinner (or just an aperitivo) until the wee small hours. Home to a hotel, church and gardens, the grounds of Donna Olimpia Pamphili are not to be missed.

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