For those of you wanting to discover an authentic underground venue in Rome without a line of wannabe hipsters out the front, Blackmarket might be the spot for you.
This place is located in the heart of Rione Monti and features a raw venue with dim lighting, second hand vintage furniture and an array of nooks and crannies perfect for curling up into and enjoying a great glass of wine or a mixology cocktail. Blackmarket is also offering up its own limited edition beer.
Each week Blackmarket hosts an array of cultural events, ranging from intimate Indie Rock gigs, book presentations, live DJ sets and art exhibitions. Most popular for its unplugged sessions (www.unpluggedinmonti.com), patrons can get comfy on a cushion and enjoy the sounds of hand-picked bands, with the chance of winning a one-off graphic designed event poster. Events here are forever changing, so be sure to keep updated via its Facebook page or just rock up and be pleasantly surprised!
To delight your taste buds too, you can now journey through the new and improved sit down menu, which will take you through the best Italian tradition with bruschetta (try the salmon or swordfish variations), buffalo mozzarella, wraps, raw food and salads. When the going gets tough, the burgers get going: don’t miss the house special 250 gr. “Blackmarket Burger” (featuring charcoal bread and truffle flavoured caciotta cheese) or the new Fish, Vegan or Chicken Burger. If you are craving something sweet, you can pick your little treat from a range of muffins, brownies or handmade biscuits, perfect for an afternoon snack too. And if your conscience is complaining after this visit to guilty-pleasure-land, you can always detox with a healthy fruit and veg smoothie. Blackmarket is also the perfect place for a late-night snack as the kitchen is open until 2 a.m.
Everyday from 6pm till 8pm Blackmarket proposes an aperitivo with a tasting menu (from ham and cheese to vegan options, from minibuger to tartare and mozzarella). The cost varies from 10 to 14€ and includes a drink (cocktails, wine or beer).
Via Panisperna, 101 (Monti)