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 (Tiber Riverside)
Open daily, 11am–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, restaurant and cocktail bar all wrapped up in one, 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!
Bosco Delle Fragole
Piazzale Dello Stadio Olimpico, 8 (Monte Mario)
Open Mon – Sat, 11pm-5am
This location is purely disco, an open air club sat literally in the deep forest on Monte Mario, the hill behind the Rome Olympic Stadium. Not the easiest place to reach (must get a taxi) but once you get there you won’t stop dancing. Best nights: Friday, Saturday and Monday with the weekly event Any Given Monday with a mix of house, revival and commercial club hits. It has lots of glamorous yet relaxing seating areas too for taking a break with a stylish cocktail. It’s discreet location gives it a secret island feel, definitely one of the ‘it’ spots in terms of nightclubs this summer.
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 whimsical circus theme. This circus is rocking nonstop this summer with aperitivos & food, live music, DJ sets, exhibition and a cocktail bar. Weekly events include RUNAWAY on Mondays (house & tech house); ROOTS – Cocktails & House Music on Tuesday; “ The Rooftop Concerts,” a concert night for underground bands every Wednesday; and CHEZ FERIA on Thursdays. The weekend brings an equally exciting line-up of musically themed shindigs hosted by the house DJ’s.
Giardino di San Saba at Saba Caffè Cucina
Via di San Saba, 30 (Aventino)
Tucked in the garden on Via di San Saba 30, this charming locale is a very trendy lounge that attracts a hipster crowd. The atmosphere tends to be laid back and relaxed. The space is small so it fills up quickly – try getting there a little earlier in the night if you’re with a group. Suggested night is Tuesday or Wednesday.
Via Guido Reni, 7 (Flaminio)
Open nightly, 7pm-3am
Butterfly Hotel is a 3-story building with 2 large outdoor spaces where art, music, design, and entertainment come to life. The court is dedicated to all things music, performances, and events, whereas the enchanted garden is reserved for dinners, drinks, and aperitivi. Everyday you’ll find an eccentric mix of electronic live music by GoaUltrabeat, She Made, Rebel, Touch the wood, NoZoo, Box_65, and L-Ektrica.
La Maisonnette Ristrot
Via Giacinto Pullino, 103 (Garbatella)
Open daily, 11am-2am
Situated in the Garbatella district, this aptly named restaurant and bistrot combination offers creative mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh fish. Particularly exciting is their spacious, candlelit garden terrace with views over the impressive Settimia Spizzichino bridge. Their summer calendar is also packed with fun events, including live jazz music and DJ sets and outdoor aperitivi in their garden, with bartenders ready to mix up creative a cocktails.
Viale Val Fiorita, 10 (Eur)
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.
Le Miracle Roof
Via Cassia, 18 (Ponte Milvio)
Open Mon-Sat, 7.30pm-2am
A great little rooftop spot above the Carolina Emporium restaurant, Le Miracle Roof was founded and opened by the barmen and owners of the popular nightclub Argot. Live jazz and soul music, a cocktail bar, and a buffet-style aperitivo are all on offer. Stop by soon though – this warm-weather only pop up bar will be gone in a few months!
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 second edition of the Teatro Festival di Roma, a series of outdoor comedy productions with a breathtaking view of the city. Shows in Italian.
Piazzale dei Verano 71 (San Lorenzo)
Open Mon-Sun, 6pm-2am
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.
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.
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.
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.
Banchina Lungotevere (Prati)
Open daily, 7pm-2am
Prati Urbani is found on the riverbanks of the Tiber river (right next to the Umberto I bridge) and is a cute little spot open seven days a week, from dinnertime to late into the night. Entry is free and you can have a bite to eat (Tacos, tartare, Burger) or simply unwind with one of their drinks in hand..
Rebel Rebel @ Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria
Via del Baiardo, 26 (Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria)
Open Sat and some Fri, 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.
Terrazza Yugo San Pancrazio
Via di Porta San Pancrazio, 32 (Gianicolo)
Open daily, 7pm-2am
This outdoor rooftop lounge bar specializes in serving seafood, such as raw fish, sushi and oysters, orchestrated with Yugo restaurant. Afterwards, move to the other side of the Terrazza, where a full bar, plush vintage couches and a lighted garden space awaits. The refreshing cocktails, and live jazzy music or low-key DJ sets create the kind of summer ambience that makes the Terrazza the place to be on a balmy night.
Via Flaminia 226 (Flaminio)
Open daily, 6pm-1am
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.
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 with one of their many speciality sake cocktails and embrace stunning views from high up over the city.
Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4a (Celio)
Open daily, 6pm-3am
Monti’s newly-opened Voodoo Bar is 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.