Race Club Speakeasy is the Colosseum’s underground cocktail bar.
A stone’s throw from the Colosseum, The Race Club is a new speakeasy that’s fast becoming a beloved late-night underground den. Hidden from plain sight, this member’s only bar is seriously dedicated to its cocktails. Sit back and relax on one of their plush sofas with a well-mixed libation unique to Race Club’s menu.
From the outside, The Race Club Roma Speakeasy is easy to miss. This bar stands on a street close to the Colosseum—one of those streets people walk down every day without even knowing that there’s another great Roman gem around the corner. But The Race Club is here, hiding in the dark, waiting to be discovered.
When you walk inside, with half-assembled motorcycles and beer bottles strewn around the place, it looks like a biker shop, or some kind of mechanic’s garage, but don’t let that fool you. Step into the office, and suddenly you’re standing in front of a staircase. Walk down those steps, and you’ll find yourself somewhere entirely new, as if you’ve walked through Alice’s looking glass from one world into another.
And this world is luxurious, relaxing, with the sweet melodies of songs—think jazz, think classic American rock tunes—welcoming you in as you find a couch to sink into. The lights that hang down, almost swaying to the music, are gentle, and they paint into gold the love seats and coffee tables, the newspaper clippings decorating one little corner, and the vintage picture frames, and photographs and books in another. In your new little secret saloon, you can find your favorite seat and relax with your drink of choice.
And of course, as a speakeasy, that’s the best reason of all to stop into The Race Club: cocktails. Everyone who tends bar here has been professionally trained, so no matter what you choose, it will blow you away. The cocktail menu is divided into three sections: classic drinks, classic drinks reinterpreted (think a moscow mule spiced up with jalapeño-flavored ginger beer), and signature cocktails. The owners of the bar, two brothers named Diego and Dario, pride themselves on making fun, up-and-coming, original drinks with a twist, so that’s what I recommend, wholeheartedly. Experiment and live a little. Try the Bello di Nonna or the Racer’s Rum Fizz.
The Race Club Roma Speakeasy takes reservations, and it can accommodate for large groups for special events such as birthday parties. There’s also an aperitivo available on weekends, with food that matches perfectly with the cocktails. And it’s one of Rome’s best aperitivos, featuring Alta Norcineria Italian products and specialty foods from well-known places like Roscioli Bakery–so come hungry! And make sure to stay thirsty, because this place is open until 4 am, and drinks are affordable, with prices more than fair considering the craft put into making them. To be part of the club, you have to pay five euros for a membership card, and trust me: it’s worth it.