Top Live Music Bars in Rome
Romeing has it covered with an all inclusive guide for live music venues in Rome, with everything you’re looking for from intimate and unplugged gigs to big style live action concerts and everything in between.
Auditorium Parco della Musica
Via Pietro de Coubertin, 30 (Flaminio)
Auditorium Parco Della Musica, a sleek modern multi-functional complex blends cutting-edge architecture and state of the art acoustics encompassing three enormous concert halls and a 3000-seat open-air arena. Designed by Renzo Piano the Auditorium is the centre for many spectacular live music concerts such as classical, abstract contemporary, art music, chamber and sacred music while hosting many cultural events in Rome such as the International Film Festival held here every November. The Auditorium is also home to one of Italy’s finest orchestras, the world-class Orchestra of Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
In the beating heart of Trastevere, a new live music venue comes to life from the structure of an ex movie theatre – Live Alcazar. International and Italian artists fill the stage and alternate with a resident band bringing you 100% live emotions through soul, funk, R&B, Soulful House and jazz music on Fridays and Saturdays. While Thursdays are dedicated to live music jam sessions. Grab a cocktail, a beer or a wine glass and enjoy the show. For those wanting to be entertained while they dine, don’t miss out on Live Alcazar’s Hostaria overlooking the stage from the second floor, where you’ll taste Mediterranean flavours with a twist as the bands play below.
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Viale dell’Oceano Atlantico, 271d (Eur)
This space holds up to 4,000 people and hosts everything from rock concerts to International DJs turning the entire place into a giant nightclub. With acclaimed artists such as Bob Dylan and Kasabians performing on their kitted out state of the art sound stage, Atlantico Live in Rome is where the big boys come to play.
Via dei Cappellari, 93 (Campo di Fiori)
If you are seeking some live music in the centre of Rome then look no further than Argot. Tucked in a quaint street behind Campo de’ Fiori, Argot is both a cocktail lounge and cultural association. On weekends Argot provides a carefully planned artistic line-up of musical events. Friday night welcomes a mix of artists, each with a focus on the genres of jazz, soul, and blues, while Saturday night is “piano and voice” themed, showcasing the bar’s resident pianist and a range of outside vocal acts.
Beba do Samba
Via dei Messapi, 8 (San Lorenzo)
This bar and venue with an intimate and friendly atmosphere was born as a Brazilian-style bar but now offers a range of concerts from jazz punk to folk to nights for Italian singer/songwriters.
Via Panisperna, 101 & Via de Ciancaleoni, 31 (Monti)
A dimly lit vintage dream of a bar with many hidden nooks and crannies in hip bohemian Monti, where concerts bring a flavour of progressively artistic yet nostalgic live music. Here unique events are the norm, such as their famous live unplugged sessions (called “Unplugged in Monti”) of carefully hand-picked acoustic and lo-fi bands. Events here are forever changing, so be sure to keep updated via its Facebook page Blackmarket or just rock up and be pleasantly surprised!
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Blackout Rock Club
Via Casilina, 713 (Pigneto)
The mythical live rock venue Blackout is one of the best spots in Rome for lovers of music a little on the dark side. Blasting out tunes on two stages from heavy rock, punk, metal, new wave, grunge and more, this is the true headbanger’s haven in Rome.
Via di Monte Testaccio, 65 (Testaccio)
There are many motives to try this disco pub and restaurant in Testaccio. On offer is an eclectic menu including traditional, vegetarian and American bar food, a great drinks menu, stepped seating areas and free live music every night from rock, singer/songwriter, electronica, funk and everything in between.
Via della Vetrina, 15 (Navona)
The newly reopened Ex Circus – a cozy cafe meets bar meets bistrot which doubles as a study room – has many tricks up its sleeves, and one is definitely its live music program. Every week, Ex Circus has great live music playing, from Brasilian soul and funk, to reinterpretation of Italian oldies, there’s something for every taste! Check out their Facebook page for events!
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Via Crescenzio, 82 (Vaticano)
Located in the neighborhood of Prati, near the Vatican City, the Fonclea has developed a strong profile on Rome’s music scene and is now well known for its consistently exciting programming. Since 1977, this restaurant and pub features EVERY DAY a broad range of musical acts. Rock, jazz, Latin-American, Folk, and Bluegrass are just a few of the many options.
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Lungotevere dei Mellini, 7 – under Ponte Cavour (Prati)
Ever liked the idea of getting groovy to some sounds on a boat? Well at Rome’s Lian Club you can do just that. Born in 2006, Lian Club has steadfastly created a sound reputation for live music events in Rome. Situated on a boat, just under Ponte Cavour, Lian Club treats visitors to an artistic experience, welcoming musical acts from genres of jazz to electronic, as well as a stellar variety of DJ’s sure to get the party started.
The Yellow Bar
Palestro, 40 (Termini)
The Yellow Bar is the hub and heart of YellowSquare, a hostel for travelling youths and upbeat people, where you can do a bunch of activities like cooking classes, bike tours or even an escape room. On the stage you will find a wide range of international and local bands. Events such as Live Karaoke, Tonika, Whiskey Wednesday, Tribute nights and much more. If you’re inclined to party hard, you’ll find the Arcade club downstairs with a DJ set every night till the early hours of the morning.
Piazzale Del Verano, 71 (San Lorenzo)
Boasting a bar, dance area, and a large outdoor garden perfect for a balmy Roman night, Marmo is certain to please. Specialising in live music, particularly in the genre of jazz, indie, rock, and blues, Marmo is the ideal venue in which to appreciate some musical prowess all the while sipping a skillfully prepared cocktail to accompany the event. Every Sunday they host an open mic night where past performers and new talents have a chance to rock the stage.
Via Ettore Giovenale, 54/A (Pigneto)
Pigneto is undoubtedly one of Rome’s hot spots for live music, and ‘na Cosetta is no exception to the rule. An Italian-style bistro, yet inspired by some of the bars in NYC, ‘na Cosetta adds a cultural indie, jazz and swing element to the already thriving nightlife of the quartiere. To accompany your live music experience, why not capitalise on the venue’s enogastronomic menu, which truly showcases all Italian wining and dining has to offer.
Via Giuseppe Mirri, 35 (Prenestina)
This multifaceted venue is perfect for those who want the best of both worlds. In the warmer months the outdoor garden is a welcoming space where various activities are held even in the daytime from brunches to parties. The more popular indoors part of Monk Club houses a brick lined main hall for those looking for an authentic live music night with local talent. Monk also includes a more laid back lounge area for more intimate shows like readings. Be sure to register for an ARCI card 24 hours before visiting them on their website in order to gain entry.
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 5/a (Pigneto)
Located in the Pigneto Area, in the Eastern part of Rome, Fanfulla is a multi-purpose venue with a multi-genre vibe that has become an institution for the people who love the undercover art scene of Rome. Fanfulla is both an art platform and a party space, a place where guests enjoy chamber concerts, atmospheric parties of well-known and foreign musicians, discussions, workshops, presentations, cinema evenings, performances, lectures on art, music and design. People who run the place, those who work there, but also the DJs, promoters and visitors, are all part of the same tribe.
Via di Porta Labicana, 24 (San Lorenzo)
If you’re looking for a nice club in the San Lorenzo district , a great joint to check out is Le Mura: a boutique live music venue and great cocktail bar where you can expect to find anything, from international indie bands to new songwriters almost every night, as well as a late-night DJ set every weekend. Locals love to come here both for the good music and the for the warm and friendly atmosphere. Ps. There’s also a foosball table at Le mura!
Quirinetta Caffè Concerto
Via Marco Minghetti, 5 (Barberini)
The iconic Quirinetta theatre has recently been revitalized and transformed into a cool new venue for weekly concerts and cultural events. Local Italian artists, and bands from all over globe grace the stage several days a week. The musical stylings are mostly of the indie, alt- rock, folk persuasions; however, those looking to bust a move should check out the themed club nights. Depending on the concert, there may be standing room only, so be prepared to groove to the sounds of that alternative underground band hailing from Brooklyn in a crowd of hip, Roman music aficionados. Check the website for full details on upcoming shows.
Traffic Live Club
Via Prenestina, 738 (Prenestina)
Before you enter Traffic Live Club you need to be aware that it is solely a place for those who are ready to rock. Traffic Live Club will unleash your inner rocker and is known to many locals far and wide as being a hub for rock music. This venue is a beloved favourite for those who enjoy guitar riffs with high distortion, and crowds that are perpetually head banging. Take our word for it: this club is definitely recommended for anyone who loves heavy metal.
Via Giuseppe Libetta, 19 (Ostiense)
Vinile is one of those aesthetically beautiful live venues. It’s not just a stage and an open space, it’s an experience. And although the venue is indoors, it happens to be quite spacious even though it does tend to get crowded on the weekends. But whether you find yourself partaking in their cocktail selection or taking a taste of their menu, this club will surely have you coming back for their originality in dishes and live music choices.
Via dei Volsci, 126b (San Lorenzo)
Wishlist is the perfect no-frills haunt which is quite simply all about the music. This concert hall houses a mix of musical genres ranging from jazz to rock to indie, and it welcomes both well-known and up-and-coming acts ready to showcase their musical prowess. Also offering a fine selection of wines to quaff, Wishlist is the ideal spot to experience the musical essence of Rome and showcase some indie style moves on dance floor.
Viale J. F. Kennedy, 52 (Ciampino)
With a capacity of just over 1000, the Orion is big enough for some impressive names to take to the stage, but small enough for you to get close enough to watch. Set in the location of what used to be one of the most important nightclubs of the Castelli Romani area, 30 minutes drive from downtown, Orion Club plays host to an eclectic selection of acts and genres, showcasing a variety of important bands – such as: Television, Jesus and Mary Chain, Archive, God is an Astronaut, IAMX – and attracting a diverse clientele.
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