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 of Rome with rooftop bars, outdoor terraces and open air venues bringing the city to life!
Sky Garden Organics Pool Terrace @ Aleph Rome Hotel
Via di San Basilio, 15 (Via Veneto)
Wednesday to Saturday, 7.30 pm to midnight
Located just a few minutes from Rome’s Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps, the 5-starred Aleph Rome Hotel (a member of the Hilton Curio Collection) not only offers the best of Italian hospitality but also provides a garden terrace open to anyone who wishes to taste spectacular drinks and tasty Italian finger food.
From July 14 until the end of the summer, Organics Sky Garden by Red Bull, is going to entertain guests from Wednesday to Saturday with DJ set music, innovative cocktails and much more. Accompanied by the tunes of DJ Francesco Trizza and many other guest DJs, the Sky Garden is the perfect setting to relax at the end of your busy day or to start your night out.
Read our full review of Sky Garden OrganicsBook a table
The House of Peroni at Palazzo Dama
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia, 2 (Popolo)
Daily, 6.30pm – 2am
Through October, every day of the week, under the motto ‘Vivi ogni momento’ (Live every moment), the House of Peroni will entertain beer lovers (and not only) with a rich calendar of musical and artistic events. Sitting by the pool, surrounded by historical buildings and a leafy garden, visitors can try a selection of beers or a beer-based signature drink, created by Brand Ambassador Simone Caporale. Combine it with one of the Mediterranean-inspired plates by Peruvian Chef Jaime Pesaque and your summer evening is sorted!
Read our full review of House of PeroniBook a table
Largo Benedetto Marcello, 220 (Parioli)
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 choices are very versatile. For aperitivo, starting at 6:00pm Cugino proposes: gourmet sandwiches, 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.
Read our full review of Cugino.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia (Tiber Riverside)
Sun – Fri 10am – 1am; Sat 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 you feel like on a summer vacation. 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. 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
Via Flaminia, 226 (Flaminio)
Tue – Sun 11am – 2am
Now in its 15th year, Tree Bar is more popular than ever – especially with their mostly local, loyal customers. This unique wooden Treehouse bar is set in a small park in the Flaminio neighborhood. 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. 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
Mediterraneo al MAXXI
Via Guido Reni 4/A (Flaminio)
Tue-Wed-Thur-Sun 11am – 12am; Fri-Sat 11am-2am
Mediterraneo, a restaurant and garden in front of the MAXXI Museum, is a trendy, designer venue offering food, drinks and music. Apart from Mediterranean cuisine on its menu, but also poke bowls and tapas for aperitifs. The Cocktail list is inspired by the great classics using typical Mediterranean products. The garden is pleasant and chilly, surrounded by lights, flowers and plants. What about the music? Almost every evening you will find DJ sets or live music.
Via Ostiense, 193 (San Paolo)
Sun-Thur 4pm – 2am; Fri-Sat 4pm – 3am
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.
Lungotevere Vittorio Gassman, 1 (Ostiense)
In the post-industrial heart of Rome, Teatro India opens its outdoor courtyard for the summer, providing the perfect stage to enjoy cocktails, craft beers or a glass of wine. Set in the remains of former factory Mira Lanza, overlooking the Gasometer, Bar India is a versatile space, perfect for hosting live music, DJ sets and art exhibitions. And if you want to grab a bite, Italian and fusion street food is served in colourful urban-style markets.
Rebel Rebel @ Circolo Andrea Doria
Via del Baiardo, 26 (Tor di Quinto)
Fri – Sat, from 11.30pm
A little off the beaten track, this unique nightclub reopens to make Romans dance after three years of pause. With a line-up including some of the best electronic DJs from around the world, set in an urban yet green context which reminds us of the coolest of London’s underground clubs, Rebel Rebel is back under the hymn “Homecoming”. Complete with fireworks, two killer dance floors and a large outdoor terrace area, enjoy dancing the night away in this electric open-air atmosphere.
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. Reservation required.
Read our full review of The Court
Where to dine al fresco in Rome
Lungotevere Ripa, 3 (Trastevere)
Thu-Sun 7.30pm – 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 Incantato is 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.
Piazzale dello Stadio Olimpico, 5-8 (Monte Mario)
Daily 8pm – 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.
Via Prenestina, 216 (Pigneto)
Tue-Sun, from 6pm
Borgo Pigneto is the new unique gem to visit this summer. Walk through the narrow entryway and step into an oasis of greenery and colourful lights in the beautiful park of Villa Lauricella. Over time, the imposing historical building has served different purposes and is now returned to the local community thanks to an innovative project which promotes a zero-waste food policy within the multicultural spirit of the neighbourhood.
From the picnic area to the Locanda and il Salotto, Borgo Pigneto has you covered from the early evening until late at night. You can chill on the grass, trying an aperitivo (served on a wicker basket), eat tasty local food, have a glass of wine in the traditional coccetti and finish up with a homemade botanic drink.
Eur Social Park (former La Bibliotechina)
Via di Val Fiorita (EUR)
Tue-Sat 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 and a garden pub with craft beers. Free entry.
Piazzale dei Verano, 71 (San Lorenzo)
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. Live music and DJ sets will run throughout the summer time to make you dance in the outdoor space. If you are up for an aperitivo, 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, the perfect escape from the hot summer heat and sometimes chaotic city. The Magick Bar is like day and night. One side is focused on food and flavor-focused, the other side concentrates 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 that bring flavours from all over the world. The menu is a wide range of international plates 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 end of September.
Hey Güey @ Chapter Roma Hotel
Via di S. Maria de’ Calderari, 47 (Jewish Quarter)
Daily from 6pm
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, in an open kitchen and displayed on a Ape Piaggio food truck.
Via Giuseppe Mirri, 35 (Portonaccio)
Daily 6.30pm – 1am
Monk Garden is a transversal and multipurpose space whose mission is to create a social hub for sharing and enjoying art, music and culture. Monk’s massive outdoor space allows plenty of room for organizing workshops, classes, playing basketball, ping-pong or just sitting back and relax on colourful lounge chairs.
Monk’s quirky collection of events throughout the summer includes live music sets, concerts and unique events dedicated to literature, cinema, graphic novels, stand-up comedy and much more. 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. For food lovers, there is plenty of choice: visitors can taste local dishes at the Osteria or try some Italian street food from the truck in the garden.
Via Biordo Michelotti, 2 (Prenestina)
Daily from 8pm
Not only a live music concert venue, but also an outdoor event space dedicated to cultural entertainment in Rome. Largo Venue’s lawn, located “half way between Via Prenestina and Paradise”, is home to different events and activities such as book presentations and interesting talks. In addition to their cocktail bar, beer garden and delivery point (where you can order your favorite food and enjoy it under the stars), aperitivo with a drink is only 10 euros.
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, from 7pm
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 and observe dedicated performers, whose costumes and makeup reflect the evening’s theme.
Bar & Terrace @ Zuma
Via della Fontanella Borghese, 48 (Spagna)
Sun-Thur 6pm – 1am; Fri-Sat 6pm – 2am
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 11th 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! It’s 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, from 6pm
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 shows can all be found here.
Read the full review of The Sanctuary
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 83 (Ostiense)
Mon-Fri 6pm – 2am; Sat 11am -2am; Sun 11am -12am
Latta is the 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 is a popular spot among Roman locals where you will find friendly service and great cocktails and grub in a relaxed yet trendy setting.
692 Secret Garden
Via Tuscolana, 692 (Tuscolano)
Sun-Thur 6pm – 2am; Fri-Sat 6pm-3am
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.
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 space is not only a park but it serves as a disco, restaurant, bar and brewery. The cortile is used as a self-service/ take away area and sitting is on a first-come-first served basis. Otherwise, if you want to try the Pizzeria (managed by L’Elementare of Trastevere) and Trattoria’s menus is better to book a table in advance. There is a new stall dedicated to fish and one to grilled meat, including arrosticini (sheep meat or lamb on a skew).
Every Monday is karaoke night at Parco Appio, the perfect chance to sing along all the Italian classics and Happy Hour is offered on Monday to Friday between 6pm and 8pm (spritz, beer or wine + nibbles of your choice is 10€).
Via del Mandrione, 63 (Pigneto)
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. Events range from jam sessions and tributes to Sunday markets and DJ sets. Pet and kid-friendly with a children’s playground and ample parking.
Lungo il Tevere 2022
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.
Check out the full article for our recommendations!
Contributors: Lauren Caramico, Paola Morotti