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 Ripa (Trastevere – Tiber Riverside)
Daily, 6pm – 2am
Along the banks of the Tiber River, the much-awaited Lungo Il Tevere festival awaits you. And this year, a cool new addition to the temporary bars and restaurants has arrived: Alembic Garden. Following the format of the trendy Alembic in Trastevere, Alembic Garden has transformed the banks of the Tiber River into a magical garden lit up by string lights and filled with adorable tables and chairs. Live music mixed with contemporary jazz set the tone, and their signature cocktails are a must-try. Come by for aperitivo, dinner or drinks to live those Roman summer vibes.
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
The famous Hotel Butterfly has left the Flaminio neighbourhood to fly over the Tevere and land in the Foro Italico. But one thing hasn’t changed, the essence. Butterly is a mixology bar, restaurant with focacceria and cruditè, bar, jazz lineup and music venue open everyday till late. 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.
Domina 2018 @Borgo Ripa
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, Domina 2018 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, vintage couches and armchairs, and a personal favorite of mine: Parisian style iron tables and chairs. The menu offers six signature drinks, a menu with original pizza options and a rich buffet for aperitivo.
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.
Via dello Scalo San Lorenzo, 10 (San Lorenzo)
Reusing industrial spaces is all the rage in Rome these days. The Ex Dogana in the San Lorenzo Neighbourhood, a former customs checkpoint in the 1900s, now boasts concerts, clubbing, street food vendors, cocktail bars, arts and cinema. Stop by on the weekend and experience the transformation of a new kind of venue and creative space. Check their Facebook Page Ex Dogana for the full program.
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. Weekly events include Nicola Casalino Djset on Mondays; ROOTS – Cocktails & House Music on Tuesday; “ L2 The Rooftop Concerts,” a concert night for underground bands every Wednesday; and Elvis Delmar Djset on Sundays. The weekend brings an equally exciting line-up of musically themed shindigs by various Djs. Check out their website for their full musical program.
Città dell’Altra Economia (Testaccio)
Daily, from 7.30pm
During the summer months, while the city’s central clubs take solace over the warm season, Rome’s Gay Village provides a stellar outdoor dance party. This year, Gay Village has left its famous Eur location to go back to its origins in the Testaccio neighborhood, where it all began 16 years ago. Inside Città dell’Altra Economia, you’ll find the most famous rainbow village in Italy. Till September, every day enjoy Dj sets, live music, performances, workshops, panels, cultural events and more. Boasting different stages and various food and drink trucks, this is the ideal venue for an eventful evening of summer haze revelry. Attracts both straight and gay crows. Check out their website for the full program!
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. And just in, their new Cafe, perfect to relax in La Maisonnette’s courtyard from breakfast and snacks to aperitivi and after-dinner drinks. Enjoy a delicious dessert, a glass of wine from their wine cellar, an artisanal beer or try their perfectly mixed 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.
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.
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.
Parterre Farnesina Social Garden
Viale Antonino di San Giuliano (Farnesina)
Daily 6pm – 2am
A 3000 square meter refuge in the heart of the Farnesina neighbourhood, in between Ponte Milvio and the Olympic Stadium, awaits you till August 5th. From live music jams, to theater and cinema, Parterre Farnesina Social Garden is here to light up your summer nights. Every day, concerts, an open-air cinema, a food truck serving different kinds of street food, a beer garden, a mixology bar, yoga and lots of activities and relaxation await you surrounded by nature.
Rebel Rebel @ Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria
Via del Baiardo, 26 (Circolo Sportivo Andrea Doria)
Open Fri-Sat, 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. This year, don’t miss out on their regular Friday nights where you can drink great cocktails and listen to wild music ranging from house, deep house and reggae by Italian and international Djs. And don’t leave before the first morning train passes by.
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!
Sky Blue Rooftop
Via di San Basilio, 15 (Barberini)
Best nights: Thursday & Friday 7pm – 12am
Rome is the city of rooftops, the city of sunsets, and the city of la dolce vita. To enjoy these three things at once, get yourself to the rooftop of the 5-star luxury hotel Aleph for the Aleph Martini Sky night. Martini presents their signature cocktails and a different live DJ-Set performance will make you dance the night away. Where elegance meets excellence, where amazing views meet amazing service and where people simply meet to have a nice evening out with friends and mingle to meet new ones.
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.
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.