Our guide to Roman summer nightlife
Summer is finally here and to celebrate we have rounded up the best places to enjoy those warm summer evenings in the open air. Get ready to experience a whole new side to Rome with roof top bars, outdoor terraces and open air venues bringing the city to life!
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia (Popolo – Tiber Riverside)
Sunday – Thursday 10am – 1am; Friday – Saturday 10am – 2am
If you’re a little bored of the usual hangouts and looking for something on the unconventional side, look no further than Baja. A boat, a restaurant, a cocktail bar and a concept space suitable to host any kind of event along the banks of the Tiber river. This exotic and luxurious location makes for a summer holiday within a holiday. Float on the beautiful Tiber River while sipping on expertly mixed cocktails. The perfect getaway from the bustling city.
Viale dei Gladiatori, 68 (Ponte Milvio)
Open nightly, 7pm-3am
With a single flap of wings Hotel Butterfly reopens for its 3rd season inside its garden of imagination just a stone’s throw away from the Ponte della Musica. In between secular trees and magnolias, immersed in the greenery of Monte Mario and the Foro Italico, Butterfly invites you to indulge in evenings dedicated to food and wine, mixology, music and live performances everyday till late. Artists and musicians will perform live every day, exploring musical genres from jazz, rare groove and funky to electronic and house music. And new this year is their space dedicated to silent cinema, where every evening four short films will be screened.
Piazza dei Tribunali (Prati)
Open daily, 5pm-2am
Beer lovers, this one’s for you! Bevere is a 1400sqm beer oasis along the banks of the Tiber river where craft and draft beers from the best Italian and international breweries flow into your glasses. But ale isn’t the only protagonist in this cool summer hangout underneath Ponte Umberto I – there’s also a food area dedicated to low&slow America in collaboration with Slow Cooked, where products from Emilia Romagna such as Pulled Pork are cooked (there aren’t any shortages of hamburgers either)! And for entertainment, a live corner where bands and Dj sets perform!
Palazzo Manfredi – Via Labicana, 125 (Colosseum)
Daily, 6pm – 1am
Get ready for a cosmopolitan experience that will have nothing to envy in London and New York. The Court is the Eternal City’s newest addition: sensational cocktails in an exclusive location with the best view of the Colosseum. And if it couldn’t get any better, behind the 7.5-meter-long bar is Matteo Zed – the bartender with the obsession of bitters and the desire to surprise. The drink list is divided into three sections: classic aperitifs; signature and seasonal drinks; and the Forgotten Classics & Unforgettable. And to accompany your cocktails, gourmet finger food by Executive Chef Giuseppe Di Iorio of Aroma will be there to delight you. From sunset happy hour till way past midnight, come by The Court to get the real taste of la Dolce Vita.
Lungotevere Ripa, 3 (Trastevere)
Mon – Sat, 7.30pm – 2am
What’s better than finding a cool, hidden garden down in Trastevere to spend the evening in? If you’re looking for that one place that will change up your aperitivo routine, Borgo Ripa is the right one. As you walk in, the bar is the first thing you notice thanks to its central placing and elegant build. The garden is adorned with string lights, couches and armchairs, and the drink menu offers signature drinks and a rich buffet for aperitivo. Reservations are musts.
Botaniko Terrazza Parrasio
Via di Porta San Pancrazio, 32 (Gianicolo)
Monday – Saturday 5pm – 2am, Sunday 12pm – 2am
The famous Botaniko restaurant known as the first spices bar of Italy has moved location for the summer in the trendy Terrazza Parrasio. This outdoor rooftop restaurant and bar specializes in serving spiced food from aperitivo to dinner (not to mention brunch on Sunday). Afterwards, move to the other side of the Terrazza, where a full bar, plush couches and a lighted garden space awaits. The refreshing spiced cocktails, live music or low-key DJ sets create the kind of summer ambience that makes the Terrazza the place to be on a balmy night.
Circolo degli Agrumi
Via Capoprati, 12 (Ponte della Musica)
Open daily, 6pm-3.30am
Circolo degli Illuminati has left its location in Ostiense for the summer to fly over the Tevere and land on the banks of the Tiber River, in front of the famous Ponte della Music. A green oasis decorated with atmospheric and neon lights. A place where you can read a book, sip on some good wine and original concoctions and taste culinary excellences that range from raw seafood to pizzas. All accompanied by live music and Dj sets.
Eden Garden Experience
Piazzale dello Stadio Olimpico, 5 – 8 (Ponte Milvio)
Depends on event
Eden Garden Experience brings its A-game to the Ponte Milvio neighbourhood for its first summer season. With a completely new concept which includes a temporary restaurant, a bar and a place to dance the night away immersed in a huge green reserve, it’s impossible you won’t be lured into spending your Roman summer in this location. Don’t miss out on their live music aperitivos singing your heart out to Italian oldies while savoring mixology drinks and a rich buffet. And definitely come by for their dinners under the stars. Among the coolest nights to put on your calendar are Any Given Monday and Post Office.
Feria: Lanificio Roof
Via di Pietralata, 159 (Nomentana)
Open daily, 6.30pm-2am
Come one come all to the Lanificio Summer Rooftop Fair! This progressive ex-woollen mill venue has reopened their terrace with a new “island on the roof” theme! This place is rocking nonstop this summer with live music, DJ sets, a cocktail bar and a sushi corner. Every Wednesday Feria Roof hosts “ L2 The Rooftop Concerts,” a concert night for underground bands. The weekend brings an equally exciting line-up of musically themed shindigs by various Djs. Check out their website for their full musical program.
Via Portuense, 47 (Trastevere)
Mon – Sat, 6.30pm – 2am
What was once an antique artisan shop has today blossomed as a modernized cocktail and gastronomic experience with a cozy inside area, a peaceful garden and a mesmerizing rooftop, all bounded by good music and occasional events. Start your evening at golden hour with the Chef’s choice of savouries and a vast selection of cocktails named after Greek mythological creatures.. And from 10.30pm, immerse yourself in summer nightlife with Dj sets and live music.
Lungotevere Vittorio Gassman, 1 (Marconi)
Open daily from 6.30pm
Buckle up: for the first time ever, Teatro India has opened its outdoor spaces to host its first ever summer festival. In a post industrial building, in between the ruins of the ex Mira Lanza Complex at the foot of the Gazometro, you’ll find a place where cocktails, food, concerts, exhibitions, DJ sets and even an urban market will be the protagonists every night. A summer spent in a sensational location with a vast program to suit all kinds of needs. Check out their Facebook page for info on all the events.
Open Mon-Sat, from 8pm
Found inside Rosati Park in the Eur neighborhood, this ‘70s-inspired dance club and “burger bar” welcomes an international crowd to their outdoor garden area in the summer. They offer a fusion style aperitivo and a choice of drinks from their cocktail bar. Live music (hip hop, house, techno, rock, and indie) and DJ sets line the weekend program. Check their Facebook page to find out who’s performing when. Free entry.
Piazzale John Kennedy, 1 (Eur)
Open Fri-Sat, 11.30pm-4am
If you’re into the club scene, make sure to check out Le Terrazze. Found on the top of the beautiful Palazzo dei Congressi in the Eur neighborhood, this venue can easily host up to 2000 people a night. On Fridays the club has a vintage vibe – on Saturdays, it plays pop and house music. The venue is also hosting the third edition of the Teatro Festival di Roma, a series of outdoor comedy productions with a breathtaking view of the city. Shows in Italian.
Lungo il Tevere 2019
Along the Tiber banks between Ponte Sublicio & Ponte Sisto
Daily 7pm – 2am
Those visiting Rome between June and August are truly the lucky ones. June 5, 2019 marked the start to the 17th year of Lungo il Tevere, one of the highlights of summer nightlife in Rome. The event can be recognized by the long series of white tents lining the Tiber River. A variety of pop-up restaurants, bars, and vendors stand between the Ponte Sublicio and Ponte Sisto bridges where you can also find two street entrances. Check out the full article for our recommendations!
Piazzale dei Verano, 71 (San Lorenzo)
Open Sun-Thur 6.30pm-2am, Fri – Sat 6.30pm – 3am
If cocktails and live music are your things then Marmo or ‘marble’ is a place not to be missed. With 100 different options to choose from over either an aperitivo, dinner or evening at the bar, it is sure to satisfy those cocktail cravings. Situated close by to the Verano cemetery, yet anything but somber, this fun and trendy bar offers an outdoor deck space with tables, couches and chairs as well as indoor dining. A further indoor stage often sees a variety of live acts and exciting events to entice you further. Don’t Miss “Spaghetti Unplugged” OpenMic every Sunday.
Lungotevere Guglielmo Oberdam, 2 (Tiber Riverside)
Open daily, 6pm-2am
Overlooking the beautiful Tiber river, this vintage style bar offers great cocktails and music ranging from electronic and house to minimal. Set up by the infamous dance club giant Goa, they’ve successfully recreated a vibrant atmosphere but with a more relaxed and lounge like feel. Magick is open every evening and starts the night early, kicking off with aperitivo and continuing the party late into the night.
Via Giuseppe Mirri, 35 (Portonaccio)
Open daily, from 6.30pm
Art lovers and free spirits alike unite at this hip and quirky hangout. Ping-pong tables, basketball hoops, yoga classes, live concerts, DJ sets and striped deck chairs strewn across the lawn make for a super chilled, beach party atmosphere. Whether you’re after a day of non stop activities and fun in the sun or just relaxing with a drink in hand, this large, open, multi-purpose space offers something for everyone. To be part of the club, you have to pay five euros for a membership card.
‘Na Cosetta Estiva
Via del Mandrione, 63 (Prenestina)
Open daily, 6pm – 2am
This year, ‘Na Cosetta Estiva has moved to the new location at via del Mandrione – a 4,000sqm location next to Largo Venue in the heart of Roma Est – in between the Acquedotto Felice ad the Ferrovia della Casilina. Expect live performances, concerts, restaurants, street food and areas dedicated to kids. And don’t worry about your car, there’s a 2,000sqm parking lot available! But the fun doesn’t end here, there are live shows with over 70 artists hosted on two stages programmed all through September.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 2
Every day from 6.30
Palazzo Dama welcomes you from Monday to Sunday every evening for their garden apertif, from 6pm everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy their “finger food” aperitif or if they choose dinner a la carte, every evening open till 1:30am.
Profumo Spazio Sensoriale
Via di Villa Lauchli, 1 (Cassia)
Sun 12pm – 12am, Tue – Thurs 12.30pm – 2am, Fri, Sat, Mon 12.30pm – 4am
Escape the hot summer heat at this restaurant, bar and club in Roma Nord (not too far from Ponte Milvio). Immersed in a vast green garden, it’s the perfect location for your summer nights. From four different tasting menus, Sunday brunches and poolside aperitivos, to cool piano bar evenings singing to Italian and international songs and a Dj set playing contemporary hits to wrap it up, Profumo Spazio Sensoriale is the ultimate local’s night out.
Rebel Rebel @ Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria
Via del Baiardo, 26 (Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria)
Mostly Saturday, from 11.30pm
A little off the beaten track, this unique nightclub is only reachable by taxi, but well worth the shared fare! Regularly hosting some of the best dance electronic DJ’s from around the world, Rebel resembles everything great about crazy, wild and fun. Complete with fireworks, two killer dance floors and a large outdoor terrace area, enjoy dancing the night away in this electric open-air atmosphere. Don’t leave before the first morning train passes by.
Flaminia nuova km 7500 (Cassia/Flaminia)
Tuesday – Saturday 6pm-2am
Want to find Mexico in Rome? SantaNera is the place to go. An oasis immersed amidst the beautiful Veio park, with thousands of diverse plant species awaits you. Not far from the famous nightlife area of Ponte Milvio, SantaNera is the ultimate place to spend your balmy summer evenings tasting Mexican flavors and listening to great live music and Dj sets. Grab a cocktail from the mixology bar and indulge in Mexican food, sushi and pinsas from aperitivo and dinner to after-dinner drinks.
Scalea Bruno Zevi (in front of Galleria Nazionale)
Mon – Fri 7pm – 2am, Sat – Sun 4pm – 2am
Satyrus: The name of the ancient nature dweller, wine lover, flute player, tireless dancer, and giver of sensual pleasure in Greek myth now belongs to Rome’s most magical summer cocktail bar. Spilling onto the steps between the National Modern Art Gallery and Villa Borghese, the venue’s musicians, candlelight tables, plentiful bar, and entrancing entertainers seem to have materialized out of thin air. Satyrus is the perfect venue for groups of friends to relax with glasses of wine and cocktails (€8 and €12) and observe dedicated performers, whose costumes and makeup reflect the evening’s theme. Check out their Facebook page for information on all their events!
Tiki Tiki Roof
Via Nazionale, 13 (Monti)
Tue-Sun 6.30pm – 2am
Walk inside Monti’s Hotel La Griffe, step inside the elevator and press 10 to reach the Tiki Tiki Roof. As the elevator doors open, you’ll be catapulted in a Polynesian vibe with wood paneling, a tropical bar with string lights, exotic food and drinks, tables with colorful stools and stunning views over the Eternal City. Sip on your rum-based cocktail or a glass of chilled vino as the sun sets, watch the sky turn into shades of pink and orange and listen to the tropical music floating in the air.
Via Flaminia 226 (Flaminio)
Open daily, 6.30pm-1.30am
Banish those Monday blues in the tranquil setting of this ‘rus in urbe’ – a bit of the countryside in the midst of the city. True to its name and set under a canopy of trees and greenery, this local haunt is open all day and through into the late evening. With an impressive liquor and cocktail menu as well as an extensive variety of home cooked food, there is something for everyone. Prized event, ‘We like Monday’s’ kicks off at 6:30 and offers aperitivo alongside performances and other cultural events.
Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 1 (in front of Villa Borghese)
Open daily, 7pm-2am
Regulars of Emerald’s, don’t miss out on Emerald’s summer spin-off in this exclusive location in front of Villa Borghese. A secret garden where you can sip drinks from aperitivo till late into the night, and even have dinner immersed in an enchanted garden. Sit at one of the tables or by the large fountain lit up at night as you listen to jam music and start getting your feet stomping. Reservations are recommended.
Bar & Terrace @ Zuma
Via della Fontanella Borghese, 48 (Spagna)
Open daily, Sun-Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am
Situated on the top two floors of palazzo Fendi, Rome’s Zuma is the 10th of its kind in the World. Famously known for its modern and authentic Japanese cuisine, this stylish and elegant restaurant takes over the fourth floor with a further world-class cocktail bar, lounge and terrace on the fifth. Relax and unwind with one of their many specialty sake cocktails and embrace stunning views from high up over the city.
Voodoo Bar / Sanctuary
Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4a (Celio)
Open daily, 6pm-3am
After last year’s success, Voodoo Bar is ready to greet you back into its sensational outdoor venue. If you haven’t been to Voodoo yet, it’s unlike anything Rome has ever seen. 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 summer night with friends.