Romeing gives you a rundown of the best wine bars in Rome for all your drinking needs..
Via del Boschetto, 41 (Monti)
Mon-Fri 1pm-3.30pm, 6.30pm-12.30am
Sat 6.30pm-12.30am; Sun 6pm-11pm
Of course, Monti would hide two of the best wine bars to be discovered in Rome…Barrique, meaning a large barrel of wine in French (tempting enough?) is a classically Italian-oriented bar, yet it also features some great German wines. This wine bar has been serving a fine drop for some decades, and they have recently expanded their kitchen to provide a larger selection of food. However, settling back, listening to the occasional live music, with a great wine and some perfectly matched cheese might just be the ideal pastime in this accessible and laid back bar.
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14 (Centro Storico)
Daily 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to midnight
closed Sunday and Monday lunch
Situated in a cosy building from 1527, discover the homey way of drinking wine. This bar provides an extensive range of wine styles and prices, and it has been a secret heavily guarded by Romans until now. Il Goccetto features wines from more than 60 origins including France and Italy, and they have a fantastic array of Italian foodie accompaniments; this is a connoisseur’s find. Within the wine bottle filled cavern, it can be hard to find a seat most nights, however loitering outside is welcomed. Bottles are available to buy, as this is a wine bar/combined enoteca. Authentic vino appreciation.
Via Cernaia 37/b (Repubblica)
Mon- Sat 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight, closed Sunday
Riding off the success of Rome’s oldest enoteca (wine shop), established in 1821, Trimanis wine bar was opened in 1991. Although it is worth checking out the enoteca and their special tasting nights, a cosy treat is offered at the bar itself. A much more contemporary decor and experience is provided as well as a slightly younger crowd. A regular presence at many ‘taste of..’ food festivals, Trimani Il Wine Bar also hosts special events and tastings, so keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Vino al Vino
Via dei Serpenti, 19 (Monti)
Daily 10am–2pm, 6pm–midnight
Meaning ‘wine to wine’, it could not be any clearer what these guys do. In this tiny bar meets bottle shop, combine your wine tasting with a fine selection of meats and cheeses, or Sicilian style tapas snacks. Less frill and less pretension is what is to be enjoyed here, allowing for the wine and company to shine. Inviting varieties can be tasted, with more than twenty regularly changing choices, and most being Italian. The simple food accompaniments reflect the bar’s refreshing approach, with straightforward and suitable meats and cheeses that perfectly match the wine with no fuss.
Via del Governo Vecchio, 74 (Navona)
Daily from 3pm
Reputedly the smallest wine bar in Rome, it is also the oldest on via Governo Vecchio. Rustic outdoor space is available, and confident, passionate staff are inside. Italian wines are the reason to come here, with a surprising selection, and friendly prices for the fine quality. Asking advice from staff will ensue a friendly chat so what better place to brush up on your regional knowledge? One of the best bars for people watching, hours disappear too easily. Be warned, then, Il Piccolo serves many drinks, but food is not aplenty.
Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5 (Monteverde)
Open Mon- Sat from midday to midnight
A new contender on the scene, Litro is a hip and kitsch little find just peeking below street level on a busy corner in Monteverede. Groovy staff provide suggestions on the wine of the week/wine of the month, all from organic and sustainable sources. They specialise in more than just Italian wines, so if a unique French blend is something that might suit the palette, settle in. The indoor restaurant also has an incredible organic menu, for a slightly longer evening spent in the charming area. Best though is settling in on the front courtyards’ Astroturf in winter or summer, for an informal, laid back night, being waited on by staff who really care.
Enoteca Ferrara (La Mescita)
Piazza Trilussa, 41 (Trastevere)
Daily 6:30pm -1am
Hidden within the one stop drinking and eating hole of Enoteca Ferrera is their cave meets industrial wine bar space. Staff are guided by the co-founder and chief sommelier, Lina, so you can trust they know how to assist with the wine selection. Pleasingly, the by the glass list is extensive, and features a more than whopping 1600 labels, predominantly Italian. If the wine gets too much, Enoteca Ferrara also houses a beer tavern, restaurant and brewery, a truly fluid and modern approach to boutique drinking!
Cul de Sac
Piazza di Pasquino, 73 (Navona)
Daily midday to 12.30am
A wine bar with prestige. Their current popularity, due to much tourist press, might make the odd Roman grumble, but the positive word of mouth is not undeserved. An extensive list of wines and sparkling varieties are available to choose from, all in quality stemware with a touch of class. Although they do not do aperitivo, Cul de Sac have a succinct menu of food dishes, a hybrid of Italian, French, and Egyptian, prepared thoughtfully and with fresh, local ingredients. This place can be very busy most nights, however waitstaff are happy to place potential wine drinkers on a list with the promise of a table soon.
Enoteca del Frate
Via degli Scipioni, 118/122 (Prati)
Daily 12.30pm-3pm, 6.30pm-1am
Modernist + industrial = serious wine bar. Beyond their thoughtful, seasonally changing and innovating food menu, is a succinct and almost exclusively Italian wine list. The subtly buzzing atmosphere allows for a slightly more serious approach to discovering delicious drops from Veneto to Sicily. The menu is not excessive, the focus here is on identified quality. Prices are fair to the slightly higher end, but amidst such elegance, you can comprehensively experience the high wine life from Italy, end to end.
Piazza del Condottieri, 26/27 (Pigneto)
Fresh on the scene is Enoteca Vigneto, a tongue-in-cheek play on words, found in hip Pigneto. The cosy, cafe vibe is offset by modern fixtures and a shiny Schimmel piano. Italian wines abound, and they feature a well researched selection of French Champagnes. The tradition of delicious cold meats and cheeses supplied with wine by the glass is upheld. With this tradition, Enoteca Vigneto astutely references the past, yet promotes a contemporary attitude totally suited to one of the trendier areas of Rome. With varied prices starting from very wallet friendly, this place is sure to be a lovely neighbourhood hang out.
Via del Monte della Farina, 38 (Largo Argentina)
Open daily 10am-3pm / 6-11pm
A sweet and authentic surprise amidst all the tourist traffic in the centre of Rome. Italian regions for wine feature heavily, and of course bottles can be bought to enjoy in Il Vinaietto or to take home. The tiny space is usually occupied by locals, making it feel as if it were in a quiet pocket of town, it is actually quite easy to miss as it looks like a little alimentari from the outside. Perhaps this is how locals have kept it to themselves for this long… Food within is limited to taralli and chips, so if you are planning a long tasting perhaps fuel up beforehand.