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 Tues-Sun, 7pm-2am
Built into the bones of an old convent, Sacripante Gallery strives to mix the old with the new. As you step inside this dual art gallery and bar, you feel transported to another place, to an older time, and 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 an aperitivo on Tuesday and Sunday that starts every day at 8pm.Class is the definition of Sacripante.
Via de Ciancaleoni, 31 (Monti)
Open daily, 6pm-3am
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 haunt. This cocktail bar has nestled itself into Rome’s Monti neighborhood, just a few steps from Blackmarket Monti on Via Panisperna. The aesthetic charm of the place also finds its way into their bar, where the cocktails and drinks are prepared by their mixologists. And as far as dining is concerned, Blackmarket Hall is definitely a place where you can enjoy a hearty burger or a fish and chips if you find yourself feeling peckish, and for those of the vegan persuasion there are a couple of veggie burger alternatives along with a number of salads to choose from. Each weekend will be a chance for you to enjoy live music entertainment where a host of different artists will enter the hall to whisk you away on a soulful night of musical discovery.
Piazza San Martino ai Monti, 8
Tue – Sun 6.30pm – 2am
Drink Kong is the newest addition to Monti’s nightlife scene. Owned by the legendary bartender Patrick Pistolesi, Drink Kong is the place to relax while sipping perfectly mixed cocktails and tasting delicious food right at Piazza San Martino ai Monti. A minimal setting with dimmed lights and background music, ideal for your late night drinks.
Ex Galleria Monti
Via Baccina, 66
Tuesday-Sunday, 6pm – 2am
Step inside this ex art gallery turned hip cocktail bar footsteps from the Colosseum. Taste great mixology drinks and wine from aperitivo till the wee hours while admiring artworks from emerging artists. As you walk in, choosing where to sit may be a tough one. Are you going to go for the cosy couches, snug loveseats, or one of the intimate tables along the wall? With mixology being an important feature to the menu, rest assured that your drinks are going to be whipped up meticulously; if you like lemons, definitely start off with the “Drink Me” cocktail. The aperitivo option includes a drink and a platter for €12 per person, or different sandwiches and finger food for you to choose from; all of which also include vegetarian options. With its warm ambiance, detailed decor, and an enviable location, Ex Galleria is soon to be favorite.
Via Leonina, 77
Open Mon-Thu, 5.30pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6.30pm-2am; Sun 6.30pm-1am
Analemma is a large bar and restaurant, with tall ceilings and big rooms that make you feel like you’re having a relaxing drink in an artist friend’s converted warehouse. There’s the glow of neon signs as you walk in, paintings hanging on the walls, and couches in the back where you can relax. Expect coffee during the day, a variety of cocktails and wine in the evening, and a fresh buffet spread you can get for free with a drink every day at 6.30pm. There’s always room to sit here, and free wifi, and the delicious food and drink guarantee a good time.
Tiziano Terrace by Monti View
Via Cavour, 185
Open Mon – Sat, 5.30pm-11.30pm
Up on the 5th floor of the Monti Palace Hotel is the recently renovated Tiziano terrace by Monti View. This rooftop bar boasts tall windows, a cosy outside area, an impressive bar, and a lovely seating area where customers can enjoy their aperitivo and drinks. With a 180° panorama on the surrounding rooftops, the Vittoriano building, St.Peters in the distance, and the special Roman skyline, you will realize how powerful a view like that can have on the dolce far niente. With skylines being one of the biggest characteristics a city can possess, gazing out at the Roman one while sipping perfectly crafted cocktails is truly spectacular. Reservations are recommended. Stop by the reception and give them your name, they will accompany you to the rooftop bar
Via Clementina, 9
Open Tues-Sun, 7pm-2am
Step into Apt for a journey back in time: a classic cocktail experience bringing to you that magic reminiscent of the 1920s speakeasy, an intimate, dark bar, with low moulded ceilings and walls lined by books, gently lit by lamps and glimmering lights. And that magic is amplified by the high quality of the cocktails, particularly the classic American ones perfected by the bartenders there and new creative creations with names such as The Picture of Dorian Gray.
Via Panisperna, 68
Open Tues-Sun, 7pm-2am
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. Blues, Folk and Mor every Tuesday with Andy’s Corner, on Wednesday there are Blues Jam & Friends, Thursday JamSessionNight in Jazz, JazzNight Concert on Friday, Saturday BluesNightand every Sunday Aperitivo Live with open buffet and live music from 6.30pm.
Ai Tre Scalini
Via Panisperna, 251
Open Mon-Fri, 12.30pm-1am; Sat-Sun, 6pm-1am
Ai Tre Scalini is a popular bar which, since 1895, has been serving its clients wine and culinary local specialties. The atmosphere inside is warm and inviting, the service is top notch, while their music ranges from jazz to traditional Roman stornelli. Along with the selection of a hundred or so wines on the list, one can taste beer and a number of great distilled spirits. All products are Italian and seasonal, and affordable, too.
Libreria Caffè Bohemien
Via degli Zingari, 36
Wed-Sun 2pm-1am – Closed Tues
This caffè, wine bar and boho chic hangout is the ideal place to sit back on comfy velvet armchairs and catch up with friends or grab a drink and relax after wandering around Monti. The vintage décor 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
While not exactly in the Monti neighbourhood, just a short walk away you’ll find what goes by Voodoo Bar in the summer and The Sanctuary Eco Retreat in winter. Upon walking into this sprawling park, you’re greeted with face paint to become a part of the Voodoo “tribe.” In this exclusively outdoor venue, you’ll find a tropical restaurant, live art performance, healing area, 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.