The Ultimate Guide to Live Music in RomeROCK, INDIE & ALT
Romeing has it covered with an all inclusive guide for live music venues in Rome, with everything you’re looking for from intimate and unplugged to big style live action and everything in between.
Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271d (Eur)
This space holds up to 4,000 people and hosts everything from rock concerts to International DJs turning the entire place into a giant nightclub. With acclaimed artists such as Bob Dylan and Kasabians performing on their kitted out state of the art sound stage, Atlantico Live in Rome is where the big boys come to play.
Via dei Cappellari, 93 (Campo di Fiori)
If you are seeking some live music in the centre of Rome then look no further than Argot. Tucked in a quaint street behind Campo di Fiori, Argot is both a cocktail lounge and cultural association sure to enchant with its warm, vintage-inspired aesthetic. On weekend Argot provides a carefully planned artistic line-up of musical events. Friday night welcomes a mix of artists, each with a focus on the genres of jazz, soul, and blues, while Saturday night is themed ‘piano and voice’, showcasing the bar’s resident pianist and a range of outside vocal acts. In addition to the soulful, musical ambience, Argot also promises a creative mix of cocktails which adhere to the modern lexicon of ‘a twist on the classic’.
Beba do Samba
Via dei Messapi, 8 (San Lorenzo)
This bar and venue with an intimate and friendly atmosphere was born as a Brazilian style bar but now offers a range of concerts from jazz punk to ethnic to nights for Italian singer songwriters.
Via Panisperna, 101 (Monti)
A dimly lit vintage dream of a bar with many hidden nooks and crannies in hip bohemian Monti, where concerts bring a flavour of progressively artistic yet nostalgic live music. Here unique events are the norm, such as their famous live unplugged sessions (called “Unplugged in Monti”) of carefully hand-picked acoustic and lo-fi bands. Events here are forever changing, so be sure to keep updated via its Facebook page Blackmarket or just rock up and be pleasantly surprised!
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Blackout Rock Club
Via Casilina, 713 (Pigneto)
The mythical live rock venue Blackout is one of the best spots in Rome for lovers of music a little on the dark side. Blasting out tunes on two stages from heavy rock, punk, metal, new wave, grunge and more, this is the true headbanger’s haven in Rome.
Via di Monte Testaccio, 65 (Testaccio)
There are many motives to try this disco pub and restaurant in Testaccio. On offer is an eclectic menu including traditional, vegetarian and American bar food, a great drinks menu, funky stepped seating areas and free live music every night from rock, singer/songwriter, electronica, funk and everything in between.
Via Crescenzio, 82 (Vaticano
Located in the neighborhood of Prati, near the Vatican City, the Fonclea has developed a strong profile on Rome’s music scene and is now well known for its consistently exciting programming. Since 1977, this restaurant and pub features EVERY DAY a broad range of musical acts. Rock, jazz, Latin-American, Folk, and Bluegrass are just a few of the many options.
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Via della Stazione Tuscolana, 133 (Pigneto)
Freak chick venue and club Init is found in the midst of an ancient aqueduct in Rome with live rock, punk, reggae and electronic music, equipped with one of Rome’s best outdoor area and DJ sets to follow.
Lungotevere dei Mellini, 7 – under Ponte Cavour (Prati)
Ever liked the idea of getting groovy to some sounds on a boat? Well at Rome’s Lian Club you can do just that. Born in 2006, Lian Club has steadfastly created a sound reputation for live music events in Rome. Situated on a boat, just under Ponte Cavour, Lian Club treats visitors to an artistic experience, welcoming musical acts from genres of jazz to electronic, as well as a stellar variety of DJ’s sure to get the party started.
Piazzale Del Verano, 71 (San Lorenzo)
Boasting a bar, dance area, and a large outdoor garden perfect for a balmy Roman night, Marmo is certain to please. Specialising in live music, particularly in the genre of jazz, indie, rock, and blues, Marmo is the ideal venue in which to appreciate some musical prowess all the while sipping a skillfully prepared cocktail to accompany the event. Every Sunday they host an open mic night where past performers and new talents have a chance to rock the stage.
Via Ettore Giovenale, 54/A (Pigneto)
Pigneto is undoutedly one of Rome’s hot spots for live music, and ‘na Cosetta is no exception to the rule. An Italian style bistro, yet inspired by some of the bars in NYC, ‘na Cosetta adds a cultural indie, jazz and swing element to the already thriving nightlife of the ‘quartiere’. To accompany your live music experience, why not capitalise on the venue’s enogastronomic menu, which truly showcases all Italian wining and dining has to offer.
Via dei Magazzini Generali, 4b (Piramide)
If you delight in discussing which of metallica’s albums is best in their murky artsy bar, to the sounds of a belting rock band from the depths of their underground live stage, this is the place for you.
Quirinetta Caffè Concerto
Via Marco Minghetti, 5 (Barberini)
The iconic Quirinetta theatre has recently been revitalized and transformed into a cool new venue for weekly concerts and cultural events. Local Italian artists, and bands from all over globe grace the stage several days a week. The musical stylings are mostly of the indie, alt- rock, folk persuasions; however, those looking to bust a move should check out the themed club nights. Depending on the concert, there may be standing room only, so be prepared to groove to the sounds of that alternative underground band hailing from Brooklyn in a crowd of hip, Roman music aficionados. Tickets are available online and range in price from 10 to 20 euros. Check the website for full details on upcoming shows.
Via dei Volsci, 126b (San Lorenzo)
Wishlist is the perfect no-frills haunt which is quite simply all about the music. This concert hall houses a mix of musical genres ranging from jazz to rock to indie, and it welcomes both well-known and up-and-coming acts ready to showcase their musical prowess. Also offering a fine selection of wines to quaff, Wishlist is the ideal spot to experience the musical essence of Rome and showcase some indie style moves on dance floor.
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