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!
Largo Benedetto Marcello, 220
Open daily 7am-1am
Cugino is the bar of The Hoxton Hotel in Parioli. Whether you want to enjoy your aperitivo in the outdoor garden or in the hotel’s cozy yet sophisticated lounge with AC, the food and drink choice is very heterogeneous. For aperitivo, starting at 6:00pm Cugino proposes: gourmet sandwiches, mini pizzas, typical snacks, dried fruit, cold cuts and cheese platters, and so much more. Everything is perfectly paired up with the best wines and cocktails of your choice mixed by expert bartender Simone De Luca. Every Tuesday in July, aperitivo is accompanied by an electro-jazz duo playing the violin and the viola to spice up your summer evening.
Via Ulisse Aldrovandi, 1 (in front of Villa Borghese)
Open daily, 7pm-2am
Cosmic Bar is the hot new pop-up summer bar outside the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (National Gallery of Modern Art) in Rome. This chic secret garden location is the perfect place for afterwork drinks, a light dinner or post-dinner cocktails with a name, menu, and space that takes a cue from the exhibit located inside of the museum. An elegant modern space, delicious and reasonably priced drinks and light bites: fresh dishes like pinsa, poke, and hummus. And the drinks are out of this world. Colorful and creative, a mix of easy classics and signature drinks, each cocktail is a song about the cosmos. For more info on Cosmic click here.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia (Tiber Riverside)
Daily, 10am – 12am
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.
Hotel Butterfly – The Quiet Garden
Viale dei Gladiatori, 68 (Foro Italico)
Daily 7pm – 2am
This beautiful, outdoor bar is back for the summer season a stone’s throw from the Ponte della Musica and Foro Italico, opposite the legendary Tennis Bar. And this year’s opening is more important than ever with Goa still closed since the beginning of the Covid emergency. But artists and musicians will once again be able to perform live every day in this unique space surrounded by greenery. Hotel Butterfly – The Quiet Garden is where catering, mixology, music, and entertainment come together in Rome.
Via Flaminia 226 (Flaminio)
Mon 5pm-2am, Tue – Sun 11am – 2am
Now in its 14th year, Tree Bar is more popular than ever – especially with their mostly local, loyal customers. This wooden Treehouse bar set in a small park in the Flaminio neighborhood is truly unique. Between the fountain, park benches and their outdoor seating, there’s no shortage of places to sit or stand beneath the cool greenery. Tree Bar also has a great aperitivo – the price of your drink of choice comes with side snacks like pizza and fritti that change daily. Your cocktail also comes with a good selection of music pumping from their outdoor speakers. With lines so long they had to open two different cash registers and hire security on the weekends! Food offerings range from traditional primi, carne and pizza to poke. Cocktails include your basics but also can be made to your liking and taste – with a new summer drink menu debuting soon. A bit of country smack in the middle of the Eternal City, Tree Bar is a real neighborhood gem.
Via Guido Reni 4/A (Flaminio)
Tue – Sun 11am – 2am
Mediterraneo MAXXI is open with a brand-new look! This trendy spot right outside of the Museo MAXXI Museum changes their theme and décor every season. This year’s theme, ‘We Start Together Again’ is a tropical urban summer garden mix. An island of colors, lights and the freshest Mediterranean food and drinks, Mediterraneo MAXXI is the perfect summer spot in Rome.
Via Ostiense, 193 (San Paolo)
Daily 5pm – 2am
Angeli Rock, located right by Basilica di San Paolo Fuori le Mura, is a mix between an open space club and a ristopub. With four levels including a rooftop, a covered garden, and indoor rooms, it is fitting for any occasion: Sunday brunch, lunch, smart-working, aperitivo, dinner, and drinks. The location is spacious and the view on the basilica is fantastic. The vibe is casual and the ambiance is an ode to rock’n’roll. You can eat burgers, pinse, and typical American appetizers. With a foosball and pinball machine, Angeli Rock is also the perfect place to watch sports matches and competitions on tv.
Via del Commercio, 36 (Ostiense)
Gasometro Vintage is an outdoor urban garden and discorante (disco-ristorante) with drinks and music during the week and DJ sets every weekend. This area outside of Ex Magazzini has been transformed into an open-air meeting place and watering hole where you can drink, eat, listen to music and play foosball out in the open. The drink choice includes wines by the glass and bottle, birra alla spina, classic and premium cocktails, nonalcoholic drinks and a “Spritzology” section featuring a section of different spritzes. The food menu is a mix of American and Italian style with chips, chicken wings, alici fritti and fiori di zucca, pulled pork tacos, tagliere, maritozzi, pinsa, burgers, bowls and wraps. They also have a special aperitivo until 8pm – 15 euros for 1 drink (beer, wine or a spritz) snacks of fiori di zucca and chips, and your choice of a taco). It’s no wonder Gasometro Vintage is the new favorite pop-up summer location for locals in the area.
Hortus Bar @ Casina Valadier
Viale di Villa Medici, Casina Valadier (Villa Borghese)
Daily 7pm – 2am
One of the hottest new opening in Rome for the summer is Hortus Bar @ Casina Valadier. This new summer spot is an Outdoor Living Room and Cocktail Bar, an equally exclusive and enchanting location beneath Villa Borghese. The sophisticated, sexy setting attracts an equally so crowd with the most refreshing cocktails from the fabulous new bar team headed by Mariano Cleri. As for food, there is plenty to choose – from their Italian pinsa to an array of inventive tapas and small plates meant for sharing. There’s also a full dinner menu from their Bistrot featuring classic Italian dishes reinvented and some totally reconstructed. Also, part jam music club with live music and a DJ set spinning the best of R&B, soul, elegant disco, and jazz.
Palazzo Manfredi – Via Labicana, 125 (Colosseum)
Daily 6pm – 2am
Get ready for al fresco drinks with perhaps the best view of the Eternal City: the Colosseum at sunset. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, during aperitivo you can also sample a generous selection of finger food straight from the kitchen of Aroma, the acclaimed Michelin Star restaurant located at the top level of the Palazzo Manfredi Hotel. With an amazing list of cocktails created by Amaro King Matteo Zed, The Court also has a great selection of bitters (obviously) and wines. But apart from the incredible views, food and drinks, the bar service is top notch. For one of the most sophisticated, luxurious, and memorable evenings in Rome, The Court should be at the top of your list. With a special event and effort this summer: #BetterTogether (usually every Monday) features a guestshift from some of the most famous bartenders and bars around the globe. Reservation required.
Where to dine al fresco in Rome
Lungotevere Ripa, 3 (Trastevere)
Daily 7pm – 2am
This hidden garden in Trastevere is almost easy to miss, if it weren’t for the sometimes-long queues outside. Borgo Ripa, staying true to its name actually feels like you are part of those old town squares – only with modern accents like patio furniture, couches, and string lights. A relaxing, comfortable, and cool atmosphere that is perfect for an outdoor aperitivo or after dinner. Their event Atmosphere Il Giardino Incantatois every Wednesday from 6pm to 11pm: Aperitivo Mixology Music. Reservations suggested.
Feria: Lanificio Roof
Via di Pietralata, 159 (Nomentana)
Daily 6pm – 2am
Come one come all to the Lanificio Summer Rooftop Fair! Located in Nomentana and housed in an ex-wool mill, this rooftop and terrace is one of the coolest and most massive in Rome. Feria: Lanificio is the perfect summer night out for sunset aperitivo, dinner or just drinks with friends.
Via Portuense, 47 (Trastevere)
Daily 6pm – 2am
A former antique artisan shop situated between Trastevere and Porta Portese turned gastronomic and mixology destination. HECO, inspired by the nymph of Greek Mythology is equal parts kitchen, spirits, and garden. This bar also has some good beats and one of the best aperitivos in the area priced at €5. Included with one of HECO’s 4 Signatures Spritzes is a unique food pairing that perfectly compliments whichever spritz you choose. The space is equally unique consisting of three levels, all outdoors: the main Sala, the 2nd level Garden and the 3rd level – the newly renovated Rooftop Terrace – opening soon! But you should stay for dinner to sample their long list of hamburgers and pinsa romana. An authentic spot that is all heart, with great food and cocktails named after Greek mythological creatures and a staff that is super friendly and cool.
Piazzale dello Stadio Olimpico, 5-8 (Monte Mario)
Daily 7pm – 2am
Nestled in a real nature reserve in North Rome is Giardini Dell’Eden. The Garden of Eden restaurant cocktail and events area within the Monte Mario Nature Reserve near Ponte Milvio is a truly unique place where you can relax with some good food and drinks. With an amazingly green, eco-sustainable setting, their dream garden and special space for children will have you feeling like you’ve left the city of Rome and vanished into another world. An oasis of peace, Giardini dell’Eden is the perfect balance between man and nature.
Eur Social Park (former La Bibliotechina)
Via di Val Fiorita (EUR)
Daily 7pm – 2am
Located in the EUR neighbourhood, Eur Social Park is the new green park opening where the former La Bibliotechina used to be. It’s the ideal outdoor venue and burger bar with a cool and carefree atmosphere welcoming an international crowd. Their outdoor garden is the perfect summer hangout, offering a restaurant, a cocktail bar, a garden pub with craft beers, an outdoor cinema, foosball and even Serie A game screenings! Free entry.
Piazzale dei Verano, 71 (San Lorenzo)
Daily 6.30pm – 2am
Marmo (Italian world for marble) in San Lorenzo is one of those hidden gems of Rome. In the middle of the marmerie there is a unique little square to be discovered – with a huge array of cocktails to choose from. In lieu of their live music and DJ sets that are on hold until further notice, aperitivo can be considered their new main draw. With your drink of choice comes a generous plate of eclectic food to sample: from chicken tenders with an amazing BBQ sauce, Thai-style rice, supplì, and eggplant parmigiana. The outdoor deck is perfectly spaced with tables and couches for an untraditional outdoor dining experience.
The Magick Bar
Lungotevere Guglielmo Oberdam, 2 (Tiber Riverside)
Daily 6pm – 2am
Perched up alongside the Lungotevere overlooking the river bend is a magical place, and the perfect escape from the hot summer heat and sometimes chaotic city. The Magick Bar is like day and night. The one side food and flavor-focused, the other side concentrating on sounds and music – both serving some stellar drinks. The Magick Bar restaurant has one of the most impressive and eclectic menus in Rome featuring dishes from the two talented chefs who love to travel, Emiliano Lopez and Daniele Naps. The menu is a wide range of international dishes inspired and influenced from South America, North Africa and Japan, all with a Mediterranean base and of course products (and olive oil) from Italy. There is a DJ set every night of the week and special nights with international DJs. Unfortunately, this mystical summer pop-up bar is not open all year round but only until the 20th of September
Hey Güey @ Chapter Roma Hotel
Via di S. Maria de’ Calderari, 47 (Jewish Quarter)
Daily 6pm – 11pm
Hotel Chapter’s new terrace Hey Guei is revolutionizing the Roman landscape with accessible and contemporary luxury dedicated to Mexico. Uniting street art, healthy food, mixology and gastronomic excellence in an old building in Rione Regola, the terrace feels like taking a mini vacation to South America. Expect signature empanadas and mezcal drinks in a subtropical oasis among classic Roman rooftops. The menu is Mexican, prepared by Chef Victor Cuenca in an open kitchen and displayed on a blue Ape Piaggio food truck.
Via Giuseppe Mirri, 35 (Portonaccio)
Daily 10am – 2am
Monk Garden is a transversal space that has managed to abide by the current restrictions in place, all while keeping with their original mission: to create a social space for sharing and interaction. Their massive space allows plenty of room for social distancing and small private parties. Unfortunately, their famous parties and concerts are on hold until crowds can resume, but with their newly opened outdoor co-working space (€5 includes café and unlimited Wi-Fi) and restaurant, you can stay at Monk literally all day long. There’s something for everyone at Monk– cafeteria, brewery, snacks, lunch, aperitivo, dinner & drinks – even Monkidz Island, a summer center to keep the little ones busy. Open every day. Reservations recommended for all. Now there is a tavern on one side and street food in the garden. Also, concerts will be resuming as well as their open-air cinema from mid-July.
Via Biordo Michelotti, 2 (Prenestina)
Daily 7pm – 2am
Formally a live music concert venue, now turned outdoor event space dedicated to cultural entertainment in Rome. Largo Venue’s lawn, located near the Via Prenestina, is home to different events and activities for the whole family. In addition to their cocktail bar, beer garden and delivery point (where you can order your favorite food and enjoy it under the stars), check out their calendar of events to see what is on the schedule for the summer.
Palazzo Dama – Pacifico
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 2
Daily 6.30pm – 2am
Palazzo Dama Hotel Restaurant and Club – now part of the Pacifico family – Mediterranean Peruvian Fusion Restaurant, Nikkei Cuisine and Pisco Bar that first opened in Milan. This chic spot in Rome near Piazza del Popolo is sophisticated cool and remarkably open to the public – not just hotel guests. Now featuring a brand-new star team managed by Alessio Giovannesi (formerly of Baccano, part of the World’s 50 Best Bars) with incredible drinks and service to match. Worth mentioning is their elegant interior bar and club room – where you can also enjoy your drink and escape the sun. But nothing says summer like a poolside aperitivo served daily on their beautiful luxurious grounds.
Profumo Spazio Sensoriale
Via di Villa Lauchli, 1 (Cassia)
Tue-Fri 6pm – 2am, Sat-Sun 12pm-2am
A lovely oasis in Roma Nord (not too far from Ponte Milvio) Profumo Spazio Sensoriale is immersed in a vast green garden and is the perfect location for your summer nights. Their elegant pizza and grill restaurant of mostly outdoor seating is open 7 days a week. Profumo Spazio Sensoriale is also the perfect location for an outdoor aperitivo or dopocena drinks. Reservations are highly recommended.
Scalea Bruno Zevi (in front of Galleria Nazionale)
Daily 8am – 2am
Satyrus: The name of the ancient nature dweller, wine lover, flute player and tireless dancer in Greek mythology now belongs to one of Rome’s most magical summer cocktail bars. 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. Now open all day for breakfast, lunch, aperitivo drinks, live music, DJ and live shows and events. 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. Reservations available for groups of 10 people or more.
Bar & Terrace @ Zuma
Via della Fontanella Borghese, 48 (Spagna)
Daily 7pm – 11:30pm
Zuma is another long-standing hotspot in Rome, and for good reason. The views on their rooftop terrace are impressive – with drinks and food to match. Rome’s Zuma, located on the top two floors of the Palazzo Fendi building, is the 10th edition to this famous world chain. Modern, authentic Japanese food, world-class cocktails, elegant interiors, and a stylish crowd. No wonder it’s still so hard to get in! From July it will be open daily for lunch, aperitivo and dinner. Each have separately timed seating and access in compliance with the current security regulations so reservations are a MUST.
Voodoo Bar / The Sanctuary Eco Retreat
Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4a (Celio)
Daily 5pm – 2am
Step into Voodoo Bar/ The Sanctuary Eco Retreat and you will feel like you’ve entered another world. This exclusively outdoor venue is unlike anything Rome has seen before – a unique concept that is exotic, sexy and cool. Part tropical restaurant, magic garden, enchanted park, healing area, and pool. While the live art performances and live music are on temporary hold, there is still plenty of reasons to visit. International dishes, cocktails, and wellness can all be found here. And now Voodoo Bar/ The Sanctuary Eco Retreat is open all day long – from 11am for breakfast to lunch and smart working under the shade of their palm trees – it’s the perfect place to chill pre-aperitivo and also after. Reservations required.
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 83 (Ostiense)
Daily 6pm – 2am
Latta is the latest edition to the cool but hard to define neighborhood of Ostiense-Trastevere-Testaccio. It’s also the new project from Alessandro Procoli of The Jerry Thomas Project and Paolo Bertani and Leonardo Di Vincenzo (formerly of Open Baladin and L’Osteria Birra del Borgo) serving street food, fermented cocktails, natural wine, and beer in an industrial-style pub. Below street level of the former Biondi Mills, this secret hot spot with a piazza-like feel to it is perfect for the summer. Especially for an outdoor meal or drink.
Via Antonio Pacinotti 83 (Ostiense)
Daily 10am – 2am
And right next door to Latta is Stadlin. Different in concept and style but sharing that same amazing outdoor space and notorious Italian hospitality. Family owned and operated with one of Rome’s favorite bartenders, Daniele Arciello, running the show. Stadlin a popular spot among Roman locals where you will find friendly service and great cocktails and grub in a relaxed yet trendy setting.
Via Jacopa de’ Settesoli, 7 (Trastevere)
Daily 6pm – 11.30pm
Restaurant, Cafeteria and Cocktail Bar in the Hotel San Francesco, Jacopa has finally reopened its rooftop with a fresh new look and cocktail menu! But still that same friendly service and staff. The fun, modern space serves some creative cuisine from young chef Piero Drago and impressive cocktails by bartender Lorenzo Bulzomi. And with their special aperitif that includes a drink and 4 delicious tapas at 25 euros per person, Jacopa is the perfect location for after work drinks, aperitivo or rooftop cocktails after dinner during the summer in Rome.
692 Secret Garden
Via Tuscolana, 692 (Tuscolano)
Daily 6pm – 2am
Located on via Tuscolana, 692 is indeed a secret garden. This unique space surrounded by the Porta Furba Aqueducts is a place where the past meets the present. 692 Secret Garden is a perfect setting for outdoor dinner, drinks, special occasions, or events. And their tapas aperitivo is every day at 18. Now open for Sunday lunch. Reservations recommended.
Via dell’Almone,105 (Appia)
A real oasis in the heart of the metropolis. Parco Appio is located within the Fonte Egeria area – considered the gateway to the Caffarella and Appia Antica Park and the lungs of the ancient Eternal City. This new space is part park – part disco, restaurant, bar and brewery. Every Monday is their Aperitif with the Producer – the Teatro degli Artigiani, featuring a local producer, their cheese and cold cuts and some information behind the products. Parco Appio also offers Sunday lunch and cultural events organized by La Libreria Teatro Tlon. Food offerings range from pizza to grilled meats. Plus their Summer Village pool is open every day starting at 10am.
Via del Mandrione, 63 (Appia)
Snodo Mandrione is new a multifunctional socio-cultural center located in a space once owned by the wood industry nearby the ancient Felice Aqueduct. Now home to various events, promotions and coworking, all you need to do is sign up for the ARCI card and for 5 euros, you can access the entire season of activities, as well as the other ARCI clubs around Italy. And as of June 11, opens Snodo Mandrione Estate – the summer space under the skies of Roma East. From Tuesday to Sunday from 18 to 2am, you can enjoy cocktails from their bar and food from their “Grandma Tavern”. Pet and kid-friendly with a children’s playground and ample parking.
Lungo il Tevere 2021
Along the Tiber banks between Ponte Sublicio & Ponte Sisto
Daily 7pm – 2am
Lungo il Tevere is 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. There are also exhibits, foosball tables and experiences of all kinds. The many choices make Lungo il Tevere perfect for a different aperitivo or dinner.
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