Where to drink and go out in Ostiense
New life has begun to bloom over the last couple of years in the up-and-coming Ostiense neighborhood, thanks to the many fresh restaurants, bars and clubs opening in the area. Despite its recent gentrification, its industrial roots are still evident and Ostiense hasn’t lost its edge or its street cred. Popular for its street art, restaurants and nightlife scene, Ostiense is definitely one to put on your list from aperitivo and dinner to drinks and dancing. Check out our selection of the best bars and clubs in Ostiense.
Piazzale XII Ottobre 1492 (Ostiense)
Open daily 9am – 12am
Taste one of the most amazing selections of craft beers in Rome at Eataly’s Birreria. Choose from a selection of 400 craft beers and taste Eataly’s very own draft beers (yes, Eataly has its own in-house brewery, and it produces 50,000 liters of beer per year). The coolest part? There’s a system that allows the beer to flow directly from the tanks of the Brewery into the beer taps that line the bar.
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 83
Tuesday – Sunday 6pm–2am
Latta is the new addition to the industrial complex below street level of the former Biondi Mills in Ostiense and the latest project of legendary Alessandro Procoli of The Jerry Thomas Project and Paolo Bertani and Leonardo Di Vincenzo (formally of Open Baladin and L’Osteria Birra del Borgo). Inspired by the 1950’s American soda companies and taking into account the two biggest trends in the beverage world right now (natural, low abv beverages) Latta offers high quality drinks and food at affordable prices in a casual, cool setting. On the drink list are beers and ciders on tap, natural wines, highball drinks and a little something they call fermented cocktails.
Via Ostiense, 68
Daily 7am – 2am
A cool and stylish spot loved by locals, Doppio Zero is somewhat of a staple here in Ostiense. This bakery, restaurant and wine bar has ample seating indoors and out, and also happens to be one of the best aperitivos in town with a generous (and equally delicious) buffet spread and great selection of wine and cocktails.
Makai Surf & Tiki Bar
Via dei Magazzini generali 4 a-b-c
Mon – Fri 12pm – 3pm / 7pm – 2am, Sat 7pm – 3am, Sun 7pm – 2am
The very first Tiki Bar in Rome, Makai opened in 2016. This new-ish addition to the neighborhood is as original and unique as it gets. Equal parts exotic and playful, the molto simpatico owners Camillo Affinita and Alessio Esposito took inspiration from the South Pacific, Hawaii, U.S. West Coast and Mexican cultures to create a fun, colorful and beautiful little oasis in the heart of Ostiense.
Via Antonio Pacinotti, 83
Tuesday – Sunday 6pm – 2am
Already well-known in the area, this bar came under new management recently who have since taken things up a notch – mainly in hiring local bartending legend Daniele Arciello (formally of Doppio Zero). While Daniele’s always-enthusiastic welcome and delicious cocktails can be reason alone to come, Stadlin also has amazing vibes and music. Their famous dance parties and DJ set can be found every Friday and Saturday from 10.30pm to 2am. There are three rooms in total with a huge outdoor area open all year round and right next door to newly opened Latta. They also have a great aperitivo for €10 every day except Monday.
Via Ostiense, 34
Mon – Sat 10am – 1.30pm, Mon – Wed 5pm – 9.30pm, Thur – Sat 5pm – 12.30am
A second generation family-run establishment with sommelier and Testaccio resident Federica Giansanti and her father at the helm, Enoteca Giansanti is a neighborhood favorite. Their selection is extensive and the place itself looks like a beautiful library of wine. Make sure not to miss the massive cellar in the basement when you go. But don’t feel intimated, Federica and her wonderful staff are happy to help with their skillful recommendations. Come at aperitivo time and you’ll be served a scrumptious selection of crostini and taralli. And if you come a little later, you may be able to catch a live music performance. Enoteca Giansanti supports local artists with their organized concerts, events and jam sessions on the weekends.
Via Ostiense, 182
Mon – Fri 8am – 2am, Sat – Sun 10am – 2am (Fri – Sat till 3am)
Another great spot for aperitivo time and after. The large space and warm ambiance at T-Bar is perfect for socializing and big groups. They even have a large enclosed patio to accommodate every type of weather. Open 365 days a year for breakfast, brunch, dinner and dopocena with an ever-changing schedule ranging from DJ sets to live music.
Mercat Bistrot & Old Bar
Via del Gazometro, 44
Sun – Wed 5pm – 2am, Thur 5.30pm – 2.30am, Fri – Sat 5pm – 3am
Refined atmosphere, dim lights, and ’30s jazz make this little bistrot the perfect place to stop for an afternoon break. Besides carrot cakes, cupcakes, crumbles, teas, and fruit smoothies, you can also stay a little longer for the aperitivo or dinner, and even listen to live music.
Via Giuseppe Libetta, 13
Thu – Sat 11.30pm – 5am
‘The temple of electronic music in Rome since 1996’, this club is almost like an institution. Located in the hidden (discoteca row) alley in Ostiense. With international DJs and quality techno and house music, Goa appeals to locals and visitors who are curious to check out the city’s club scene. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Circolo degli Illuminati
Via Giuseppe Libetta
Friday – Saturday from 11pm – 6am
Il Circolo degli Illuminati has become one of the reference points for Roman nightlife, hosting some of the most prominent artists and DJs within the international music circuit. With three different clubrooms and an ample garden, the club offers a wide variety of musical genres. Three rooms with three different styles: the main room oriented toward House – Tech House, Room02 rather Hip Hop and Room3, a perfect place to relax while sipping a cocktail with chill music.Read more here
Via Ostiense, 5
Tue – Fri 10am – 2am, Sat – Sun 4pm – 2am
A bookshop, events and design caffe. The winner of a contest held by the mayor of Rome of the time, Caffe Letterario opened in 2006. And rightfully so, because nothing like it existed prior in the former industrial area of Ostiense. Their project combined all of the elements, offering residents entertainment, culture and a variety that was seriously lacking previously. During the workweek Caffe Letterario is a place for professionals and students for breakfast, coffee, remote work and studying. But come aperitivo time the mood changes a bit. Every night is a different event – from karaoke to “Tango Tuesdays”, cinema and book events, painting classes, exhibits and live music on Fridays and Saturdays, with a special market featured once a month.
Via Giuseppe Libetta, 19
Tue – Thur 8pm – 2am, Fri – Sat 9pm – 4.30am, Sun 12pm – 2.30am
Like its name (Vinyl) this nightclub is a throwback where the ‘old is cool’. Vinile is an event space mostly for retro dance parties with a large stage ready to host live bands and retro DJs sets. For a night out that’s definitely different and where old-school and contemporary blend together. They also have a restaurant that offers both aperitivo and brunch.
Elegance Cafè Jazz Club
Via Francesco Carletti, 5
Tues – Sun 8pm – 2am
Elegance Cafe Jazz Club brings live jazz music, a mixology bar and a high-quality restaurant to the area. Italian and international artists play traditional and contemporary jazz, swing, smooth jazz and latin jazz on a daily basis. The weeks’s regular appointments include “Jazz and the City” on Tuesdays, jam sessions on Wednesdays, the best jazz proposals of the capital on Thursdays, jazz merged with soul and funk on Fridays, premiere concerts on Saturdays and performances of big bands on Sundays.