The Best Summer Hangouts in Rome

The Best Summer Hangouts in Rome

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 (Tiber Riverside)
Mon – Thurs 6pm – 1am; Fri – Sun 12pm – 4pm, 6pm – 1am

Baja Rome Restaurant

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.

Read the full review of Baja

Hotel Butterfly – The Quiet Garden

Viale dei Gladiatori, 68 (Foro Italico)
Mon – Sat 7pm – 2am

Hotel Butterfly Rome

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.

Read the full review of Butterfly

Mediterraneo @MAXXI

Via Guido Reni 4/A (Flaminio)
Tue – Sun 12pm – 2am

Mediterraneo al MAxxi

MAXXI’s Mediterraneo restaurant and cocktail bar has lots in store for its guests…starting with a fantastic menu that’s a mix between Mediterranean cuisine, street food and sushi. Traditional food yes, but with a modern twist. But not just great for lunch or dinner, stop by for aperitivo and after dinner in their uber cool garden to taste perfectly crafted cocktails. If you want to stay outdoors you can reserve your “homy”, an igloo-looking area made with bamboo!

Sunset Bar Casina Valadier

Piazza Bucarest (Villa Borghese)
Daily 7pm – 2am

sunset bar casina valadier

The new project from Casina Valadier is Chill Sunset Bar. In collaboration with Lux Eventi, the leading organization of the ‘Capitoline nightlife’, this concept came from the need (now more than ever) to give Rome and Romans beautiful, airy places to enjoy socializing in again. This space in particular was designed to resemble an “urban forest” making use of about 180 plants as well as the enormous space, ensuring ample distance between the tables and bar counter. A tranquil, open-air atmosphere, this enchanted garden overlooking Villa Borghese is the perfect place to enjoy a drink with friends or an aperitivo with several menu options to choose from. Also featuring amazing cocktails by Black Market Monti and a DJ set until late. Open every day. Reservations recommended.

The Court

Palazzo Manfredi – Via Labicana, 125 (Colosseum)
Daily 6pm – 2am

The Best Summer Hangouts in Rome

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. Reservations are mandatory.

Borgo Ripa

Lungotevere Ripa, 3 (Trastevere)
Daily 7pm – 2am

Borgo Ripa

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. Reservations required.

Feria: Lanificio Roof

Via di Pietralata, 159 (Nomentana)
Daily 6pm – 2am

feria lanificio rooftop

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. Open daily from 6pm – 2am.


Via Portuense, 47 (Trastevere)
Daily 6pm – 2am
HECO Trastevere

HÉCO: Rome's mythological cocktail & gastronomic experience

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.

Read the full review of HÉCO

Giardini Montemario

Piazzale dello Stadio Olimpico, 8
Daily 6pm – 2am

giardini montemario

Get ready for a whole new world: a 4000sqm oasis inside the Monte Mario Nature Reserve by the creators of India Estate. One with amazing cocktails, pizza, hamburgers, creative sushi rolls from The Gipsy Bar and craft beer by Birra Baladin, not to mention great beats from back in the day. Entrance is free and reservations are only necessary for the restaurant and for groups of 10 or more people.

Eur Social Park (former La Bibliotechina)

Via di Val Fiorita (EUR)
Daily 6pm – 2am

eur social park

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 idea 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.

Le Terrazze

Piazzale John Kennedy, 1 (Eur)
Wed – Sat 9pm – 3.30am

Le Terrazze Eur Rome

The Terrace of Palazzo dei Congressi is opening up with a renewed concept. Located in the heart of EUR, Le Terrazze is an impressive setting for summer drinks in Rome. Enjoy delicious cocktails, food and the new exhibition stands in a large outdoor area. DJ music selections vary by the evening. All safety measures in place, Le Terrazze is ‘ready to accompany you on the happy journey back to normal’ summertime in Rome. And from July 1st, you can dance till the afterhours right at your reserved table and with all national safety measures in place.  Reservations are recommended.


Piazzale dei Verano, 71 (San Lorenzo)
Daily 6.30pm – 2am

Marmo Rome

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

The Magick Bar

The scenic river bar overlooking the Tiber returns for the summer until September. Magick Bar & Restaurant, originally set up by Goa, is the perfect “space to explore new ideas, nurture new talent and share new experiences”. But more importantly, this vintage style bar offers great cocktails and music ranging from electronic and house to minimal. One of the coolest locations to drink in Rome and cool off during the summer. Open every evening from aperitivo time until late night.

Monk Garden

Via Giuseppe Mirri, 35 (Portonaccio)
Daily 10am – 2am

Monk Garden Roma

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.

Largo Garden

Via Biordo Michelotti, 2 (Prenestina)
Thur – Sun 7pm – 2am

largo garden

Formally a live music concert venue, now turned outdoor event space dedicated to cultural entertainment in Rome. Largo Garden’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. 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. Every Friday Pacifico will host a cocktail party with live Dj-Set fro m7pm till late, the parties are open to the public but you must RSVP and can do so with us (via whatsapp at +393392832380).

Profumo Spazio Sensoriale

Via di Villa Lauchli, 1 (Cassia)
Daily 6.30pm – 2am

Profumo Spazio Sensoriale

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. The pool from last year is gone but in its place is their Floripark, where you will find flowers everywhere: exotic bouquets in tiny vases on each table, artificial ones sprinkled around the garden swings – even the cocktails are infused and garnished with them. 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 6pm – 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. 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. 

Tree Bar

Via Flaminia 226 (Flaminio)
Tue – Sun 12pm – 1am

Tree bar Restaurant & winebar Rome

Now in its 13th 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 neighbourhood 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.

Read the full review of Tree Bar

Bar & Terrace @ Zuma

Via della Fontanella Borghese, 48 (Spagna)
Daily 5pm – 7pm (aperitivo), from 11pm (cocktail bar)

terrace at Zuma Rome

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 11am – 2am

Voodoo Bar in Rome

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.

Read the full review of The Sanctuary


Via Antonio Pacinotti83 (Ostiense)
Tue – Sun 6pm – 2am, Sun brunch (from 11.30am)


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 Sunday Brunch.


Via Antonio Pacinotti 83 (Ostiense)
Daily 11.30am – 2am


Right next door to the newly opened 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. Lunch, aperitivo and after dinner hangout for locals.

Jacopa Rooftop

Via Jacopa de’ Settesoli, 7 (Trastevere)
Daily 6pm – 11.30pm

Jacopa rooftop

The latest addition to Trastevere is this fun and stylish modern rooftop of the Hotel San Francisco. Jacopa’s restaurant has a modern approach to dining using sustainable products from small local producers, the two talented young chefs pushing out some creative cuisine and delicious dishes according to season. And the cocktails at Jacopa bar are equally delicious. Hotel guest or not, they will make you feel like you’re at home. Come for aperitivo, dinner or a late evening drink to sample their new summer menu. Open every day from 18 – 23:30 (Sunday brunch). Reservations recommended.

692 Secret Garden

Via Tuscolana, 692 (Tuscolano)
Daily 6pm – 2am

Secret Garden 692

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.

Parco Appio

Via dell’Almone,105 (Appia)

Paco Appio

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. Open all week.

Snodo Mandrione

Via del Mandrione, 63 (Appia)
Tue-Sun 6pm-3am

snodo mandrione roma

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.

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.

Wunderbar Garden

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.

Rebel Rebel @ Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria

Via del Baiardo, 26 (Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria)
Mostly Saturday, from 11.30pm

rebel rebel andrea doria

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.

Lungo il Tevere 2020

Along the Tiber banks between Ponte Sublicio & Ponte Sisto
Daily 7pm – 2am

Lungo Il Tevere 2019 Rome
Good view of the Tiber River and Lungo il Tevere

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! 

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