Where to drink in Rome’s City Centre
After a day spent sightseeing and shopping, a nice aperitivo or an after-dinner drink is well deserved. Navigating Rome’s centro storico neighbourhood and don’t know where to go for a drink? We’ve got you covered with a selection of our favorite bars.
Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48
Sun-Thurs 6pm – 1am; Fri – Sat 6pm – 2am
Behold one of the most scenic locations for your cocktail hour. Located on top of Rome’s dear Fendi building, Zuma is known throughout the whole city. With a sprawling terrace and a menu that will have you flipping a coin on what to order, Zuma is a Japanese corner in the heart of Rome. Take a seat in the trendy bar lounge as you delight on one of the original concoctions the bar has carefully created for its guests.
Via di Ripetta, 162
Sun-Thu 12pm-1am; Sat-Sun 12pm-2am
Located on the scenic Via di Ripetta, il Marchese has a rich selection of different liquors and drinks to choose from. With the first ever “amaro bar” in Europe, Il Marchese sets itself apart from the rest thanks to the careful selection in choosing their drink menu. With an ongoing dedication towards only offering the best to their visitors, Il Marchese will have you feeling like you’ve just entered a top secret gentlemen’s club.
Piazza delle Coppelle, 55/56/57
Could you ever imagine that behind a popular restaurant, in this case Osteria delle Coppelle, lies a hidden speakeasy club? If you hadn’t until now, Club Derriere will prove that it’s possible! With its entrance being a white closet door that you may not notice at first, getting in requires a secret password that you will discover as you make your way through. With delicious cocktails and music to sway to, Club Derriere is a fun and unique experience you’ll be talking about for a while!
Piazza di Pietra, 42
One of the main bars in Piazza di Pietra, Salotto 42 grows in popularity each year that goes by. One of the most frequented bars when it comes to grabbing a drink in the centro storico, Salotto 42 does not disappoint. Clean-cut, cosy, and modern, Salotto 42 offers original cocktails that keep people coming back to its doors. Booking a table is recommended, as well as trying one of their sophisticated original creations.
Via del Babuino, 9
A star-studded location that will catapult you in a world of glam and glitz, the Stravinskij Bar is the cocktail location you’ll want to visit to celebrate an important event. Nestled in the internal garden at the De Russie Hotel, Stravinskij Bar is an unbelievable setting that will have you smiling the whole time. The cocktail menu goes along with the incredible location, and the result is one that is hardly comparable to others.
Via Delle Muratte, 23
Mon-Sat 8.30am-2am, Sun 11.00am-2am
Baccano is a Mediterranean Bistro that looks like it could be in Paris but tastes of Rome. A few steps from the Trevi Fountain, the sophisticated interior and extensive Italian menu appeal to locals as well as nearby tourists. But the real draw is the man behind the bar (but not always literally) Mario Farulla. There is a wide selection of beverages to choose from but the most quintessential would be an Aperol Spritz, made by the entertaining and dashing Alessio Giovannesi. It’s the most universal (and most popular) drink in Italy – and also the perfect segue to dinner.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia
Sun-Thur 10am-1am / Fri-Sat 10am-2am
Located on the Tiber river, Baja is unique in its setting and vibe. Its motto is “the river experience” which is fitting seeing how you will be sipping your drink while on a boat! Great for a drink either before or after dinner, Baja is the place you want to be if you’re looking for good music, fresh produce to nibble on, and a cocktail to seal the deal. Make your way to Baja directly from Piazza del Popolo, perhaps after you’ve enjoyed the sunset from the Pincio!
Via del Collegio Romano, 6
Finding a good Irish Pub is not as easy as it may sound, but when in Rome, Trinity Pub is where you want to grab your next pint. Head here if you want to watch a sports game, make new friends, or just simply relax with a good drink after you’ve explored Rome all day. Located directly off of Via del Corso, enjoying a break here will help you recuperate your energies for your next roman adventure.
Piazza di S. Lorenzo in Lucina, 29
Mon-Sat 7.30am-10pm; Dom 9.30am-10pm
With three different spots, all located in the centro storico, Ciampini is a renowned name all over Rome. Thanks to its outside seating area, and rich menu, you will be able to sit back and enjoy the moment while at Ciampini. Two of the three locations are close to the Fendi building, whereas the third is located close to the top of the Spanish Steps. Therefore you can either choose to visit only one Ciampini, or which is more likely, visit all three.
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