Where to drink in Monti, Rome
Rome’s Monti neighbourhood is one of the hippest areas in Rome. Just a stone’s throw away from the Colosseum, Monti’s cool factor and atmosphere make it a favorite hangout for locals and expats. By day it’s the go-to place for vintage shopping, grabbing coffee and wandering around the neighbourhood’s endless ivy walls. By night, it transforms into one of Rome’s best nightlife areas. Here’s our selection of the best bars in Monti for a cool night out.
Via Panisperna, 59
Open Sun – Thu 11am – 12 am; Fri – Sat 11am – 2am
Built into the bones of an old convent, Sacripante Gallery strives to mix the old with the new. Stepping inside this dual art gallery and bar transports you to what seems to be another place and during older times with its range of classic cocktails reminiscent of 1920s American speakeasies. In addition to events like gallery openings and readings, Sacripante has DJ music sets some evenings as well as weekly aperitivo.
Via de Ciancaleoni, 31
Open Mon – Sat 6pm – 2am; Sun 6pm – 1am
For those of you who want to be transported back to the roaring twenties, and for the lovers of cocktails, good food and live music, Blackmarket Hall will definitely be your new hit. This cocktail bar is nestled a few steps from Blackmarket Monti on Via Panisperna. The aesthetic and charm of the place also finds its way into their bar, where the cocktails and drinks are prepared by their mixologists. For dining options, Blackmarket Hall is a place where you can indulge in a hearty burger or fish and chips, and for those of the vegan persuasion there is a selection of veggie burger alternatives along with a number of salads to choose from.
Mùn – Rooftop Cocktail Bar
Piazza dell’Esquilino, 1
Open daily 5:30pm – 12am
DoubleTree Hilton Roma Monti
When daylight falls, Mùn – Rooftop Cocktail Bar is ready to welcome dinners, parties and events with its panoramic view over the rooftops of the city and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, one step closer to the moon. An elegant atmosphere characterized by warm and natural tones, enriched by the tantalizing selections of Chef Alessandro Caputo, served in combination with the signature cocktails of Mixologist Antonio De Meo.
Piazza San Martino ai Monti, 8
Open daily, 6.30pm – 2am
Drink Kong is one of the more popular additions to Monti’s nightlife scene. Owned by the legendary bartender Patrick Pistolesi, Drink Kong is an incredible cocktail bar–it draws inspiration from Japanese street style while serving a mood-based drinks menu. Come to relax, sip, and taste delicious food right at Piazza San Martino ai Monti. A minimalistic environment matched with dimmed lights, neon signs, and background music is the perfect mood lifter for a night of drinks.
Ex Galleria Monti
Via Baccina, 66
Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm – 2am
Step inside this ex-art gallery turned trendy cocktail bar next to the Colosseum. Sip on mixology drinks and wine while admiring art from local emerging artists. Inside there is an eclectic balance between cozy couches, snug loveseats, and intimate tables. Savor their handcrafted cocktails and an array of food options, from platters to pinsa and tempting finger foods, all of which include vegetarian options. With its warm ambiance, detailed decor, and an enviable location, Ex Galleria will become top of your list.
La Casetta a Monti
Via della Madonna dei Monti, 28
open daily, 9am – 8pm 06.4825176
La Casetta is a hit in Monti. The little house, covered in ficus and resembling something out of a fairy tale, sits in a quiet area of Monti, perfect for a relaxing chat with friends or to nestle in with the morning newspaper. The international crowd will love it, as croissants are served for breakfast and imported directly from France, and there are even scones on the menu, homemade for the English and Americans. Don’t miss the homemade marmalade, served with bread and butter, or the Almond milk—so delicious! The artisan café also serves lunch in the form of schiacciate (stuffed pizza), rustici (salty flaky pastries), and fresh salads and fruit. If you’re looking for something simple and genuine, La Casetta is the place to be.
Tiziano Terrace by Monti View
Via Cavour, 185
Open Sun – Thu 5pm – 11pm; Fri – Sat 5pm – 12am
Up on the 5th floor of the Monti Palace Hotel is Tiziano terrace by Monti View. This rooftop bar boasts tall windows, a cozy outside area, and an impressive bar. With a 180° panorama on the surrounding rooftops, the Vittoriano building, St. Peters in the distance, and the special Roman skyline, you will see the magic of the Eternal City, while sipping perfectly crafted cocktails. Reservations are recommended. Stop by the reception and give them your name and they will later accompany you upstairs.
Grungy, dimly-lit, and oozing with musical style, Charity Cafe is perhaps more reminiscent of a New York jazz bar from the 1950s. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Charity Café’s eclectic musical calendar is sure to satisfy even the most discerning music aficionado. Each night there is a different theme of music, ranging from blues and jazz to classic rock and roll. Come get lost in the music in this cozy setting with simple drinks and bites.
Ai Tre Scalini
Via Panisperna, 251
Open daily 12:30pm – 1am
Ai Tre Scalini has been a popular bar since 1895, serving clients wine and culinary local specialties. The atmosphere inside is warm and inviting, the service is top notch, and the music ranges from jazz to traditional Roman stornelli. Along with the selection of a hundred or so wines on the list, there is also beer and a number of great distilled spirits. All products are Italian, seasonal, and affordable.
Libreria Caffè Bohemien
This caffè, wine bar and boho chic hangout is a great place to sit, relax, and catch up with friends after a day full of wandering and admiring. The vintage décor, velvet fabric, and bookshelves make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a cozy living room, one that has a decent selection of artisanal beers, wine and basic cocktails.
Voodoo Bar/The Sanctuary Eco Retreat
Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4a
Open Tue – Sun 6pm – 4am
While not exactly in the Monti neighbourhood, just a short walk away you’ll find what goes by Voodoo Bar and The Sanctuary Eco Retreat. In this exclusively outdoor venue, you’ll find a tropical restaurant, live art performance, garden, and street food. With so many different things to do in this unique, exotic space it’s the perfect place to relax, chill, and enjoy a nice night with friends.
Via Cavour, 183
Open Mon – Sat 9:30pm – 4am
Drop is an exclusive secret bar, open only to Arci members. Inside, master mixologists await to craft you unique cocktails. You can play board games or dance to DJ sets during special nights. Check it out for a one-of-a-kind experience.
P.za degli Zingari, 3
Open daily 5pm – 2am
A hidden gem in Monti, this contemporary art space and bar is easily missed by passers-by, however it’s definitely worth stopping by. Enjoy the aperitivo hour with their signature cocktails and tapas, and explore their captivating exhibitions while sipping on exquisite drinks. AntiGallery has become a cherished gathering spot for locals and tourists alike, drawing a crowd to its piazzetta for aperitivo or post-dinner drinks.
Via dei Serpenti, 108
Open Sun – Thu 5pm – 12am; Fri – Sat 5pm – 1am
Located in the heart of Monti is a rooftop bar we love and is an absolute must to experience. Rooftop Spritzeria Monti provides the people of Rome with an experience unlike others, centered around the most beloved, refreshing, and notorious cocktail drink in Italy and the world: the Aperol Spritz. Spritzeria starts with the classic spritz, but has a total of 10 varieties and twists to the classic, as well as a new Spritz-of-the-day. The rooftop is accompanied by a panoramic view of both the Monti district and a straight shot to the Colosseum, an unbeatable environment for the perfect aperitivo moment.