Rome Nightlife Guide: Bars for Aperitivo

The best places in Rome for happy hour


Forever Summer Rooftop Party At Les Etoiles, September 13

Hotel Atlante Star  – Via Dei Bastioni, 1 (Prati)

forever summer les etoiles

Save the date, Thursday September 13th we close off our summer rooftop party season with our last aperitivo on the beautiful LES ETOILES terrace.

Les Etoiles Rooftop Cocktail Bar is the open rooftop terrace of Hotel Atlante Star and it offers a truly spectacular panoramic view of Rome, encompassing 360′ degrees of terracotta rooftops and some of the city’s most impressive monuments. The view takes in everything from Castle Sant’Angelo, the Vittoriano, Palazzaccio, Gianicolo, Villa Borghese and the best view you’ll ever see of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Come join us for some good music, good drinks and a very rich food buffet (dinner aperitif included). We recommend everyone to arrive early to avoid waiting in line, and to definitely arrive before 8.30pm to enjoy the sunset!

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Aleph Martini Sky Rooftop (Friday 28 September)

Via di San Basilio 15 (Barberini)

aleph rome rooftop

Welcome to Rome, the city of rooftops, the city of sunsets, and the city of la dolce vita. Would you like to experience all three of these things at once? Then join us at our Aleph Martini Sky night on the rooftop of the Aleph 5-star Luxury hotel on Friday 28 September from 7pm to 12am. With us Martini will present their signature cocktails and a different live DJ-Set performance will let us dance the night away. Where elegance meets excellence, where amazing views meet amazing service and where people simply meet to have a nice evening out with friends and mingle to meet new ones. Rain or Shine event is confirmed.

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Freni e Frizioni

Via del Politeama, 4-6 (Trastevere)
Aperitivo: price of a drink

Rome NIghtlife Guide: Best Bars in Rome

This place is always buzzing and the mixed crowd spills out into the piazza and down the steps. The buffet is huge and offers everything from the standard dishes like pizza, bruschetta and pasta to exotic couscous salads and hearty vegetarian options. You really can classify this as a light dinner and the atmosphere and cocktails are great for sitting around with a big group of friends.

Domina 2018 at Borgo Ripa

Lungotevere Ripa, 3 (Trastevere)
Aperitivo: €15 with buffet

Domina 2018 at Borgo Ripa Rome

Domina 2018  – the summer version of Argot, one of our favorite speakeasy bars in Rome – is hosted in the beautiful Borgo Ripa structure, and is less than 10 minutes away by foot from Piazza Trilussa. If you’re looking for that one place that will change up your aperitivo routine, you’re going to the right one.  You will find a magical setting, tasteful cocktails and an apertivo with a rich buffet.

Hotel Locarno Lounge Bar

Via della Penna, 22 (Popolo)
Aperitivo: €8-15 depending on the drink

Hotel Locarno

The bar inside of Hotel Locarno makes you feel like you stepped into a Gatsby-esque scene with dark oak and elegant vintage details. The aperitivo is comprised of high-quality ingredients, creating delicious food to match the luxurious atmosphere. In the summer, the ability to sit outside under the stars while still feeling intimate draws the chic and VIP from all over the city.


Piazza di Pietra, 42 (Pantheon)
Aperitivo: €10

Salotto 42 Piazza di Pietra Rome

Super cool, super central, these guys offer up a great aperitivo buffet and sophisticated cocktails. From 7pm-10pm daily is the bar’s time to really shine; aperitif is considered the bar’s specialty with a wide selection of organic and vegetarian-friendly options. The vast cocktail menu is the pride of the employees; each and every tasty drink costing around €10 is exclusive to the bar. A specialty is the Cuban Manhattan, which uses rum instead of whiskey.

Ex Circus

Via della Vetrina, 15 (Navona)
Aperitivo: €7

ex circus rome

Tucked away footstep from Piazza Navona, Ex Circus has cozy couches, power outlets, and coffee tables. It maintains a homey, yet hip vibe, allowing one person to study in peace with free wi-fi, while another person eats nearby. It’s the absolute perfect place to indulge in an aperitivo made up of high quality food for low prices! A Spritz is only €3.50, which easily makes it the cheapest in the whole city. An aperitivo is €7, which consists of your choice of drink, plus appetizers an finger food. Treat yourself to yummy happy hour while listening to excellent classic rock and soft jazz music playlists.

Tree Bar

Via Flaminia, 226 (Flaminio)
Aperitivo: price of drink

Tree Bar Rome

Tree Bar is one of the few restaurants in Rome completely surrounded by a leafy green vista. This relaxed setting is perfect for a long afternoon lunch, an intimate dinner or late night tapas. Tree Bar prides itself on making fresh bread, wood-oven pizza, and even artisanal beer through its very own agricultural agency: Treefarm. This is the perfect setting for a summer aperitivo with complimentary buffet. Don’t miss their We Like Monday Aperitivo where they have DJ sets with modern jazz, electrosoul and ‘brazilian moods’.

Enoteca Il Goccetto

Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14 (Navona)
Aperitivo: price of drink

Situated in a palazzo built in 1527, Enoteca il Goccetto is the perfect bar for any aspiring wine connoisseur. Enthusiasts will be pleased to see that the wine list is extensive; they sell over 800 wine brands of mostly Italian and French origin. Their wine by-the-glass list is ever changing, and includes 60 wines of varying kinds. Come enjoy your favorite vino while perusing the cold buffet of meat, cheese, and other delicacies!

Doppio Zeroo

Via Ostiense , 68 (Testaccio)
Aperitivo: €10

Need dinner, but more attracted to the price tag of an aperitivo? Spinach, cauliflower and grilled onions, cacio e pepe, cous cous, ravioli, and pizza will almost make you think twice about picking up the nutella pizza and dolce. You won’t though. Order the margarita ginger- a lighter take on a margarita and you’ll leave spoiled, knowing you only dropped €10.


Via XXI Aprile, 19 (Piazza Bologna)
Aperitivo: €10

Got the urge to feel sophisticated and suave? Huge heating lamps dot the inviting outdoor area while students from the two nearby universities pile their plates high with scrumptious gourmet pastas and breads. Most coveted dish? The wood fired oven in the back pumps out endless varieties of pizza. For €10 you’ll receive an endless buffet along with a drink. Momart Spritz is recommended!


Via Madonna dei Monti, 28 (Monti)
Aperitivo: €8

fafiuche restaurant wine bar roma monti

Fafiuche is a cozy, local place tucked away down a less touristy street in Monti. It has an intimate atmosphere that is warm and inviting. The owners are from Puglia and Piedmont and the food is inspired from both regions giving this aperitivo unique dishes like carpaccio with mozzarella di bufala, chicory and fava bean pasta, truffle risotto, and various bruschettine, all of which can be paired with a simple, well chosen glass of wine.

Read the full review of Fafiuchè


Via Merulana, 54 (Monti)
Aperitivo: €15-18 depending on drink


Upon entering into this famous (and expensive) bakery , you are greeted with the aroma of freshly baked treats. Their aperitivo offers an all-you-can-eat buffet and, on the strength of one drink, you can choose from a wide array of gourmet breads, finger foods, crostini, bruschette and pizza; don’t miss their pizza con fiori di zucca (zucchini flower pizza).

Pastificio San Lorenzo

Via degli Ausoni, 7 (San Lorenzo)
Aperitivo: €12-15


This ex-traditional pasta factory has been transformed into an artistic initiative with a chic eatery and cosmopolitan menu. The restaurant looks like an elegant old-time dance hall, with a minimalist bar area for Aperitivo (a tasteful plate of tapas with a glass of wine or a cocktail) and open dining space. Quality is key here so this place is great for a splurge, with select ingredients meant to rediscover traditional methods in innovative ways.

Gusto al 28

Piazza Augusto Imperatore, 28 (Via del Corso)
Aperitivo: € 10

Gusto al 28 Roma

Gusto is a trendy culinary emporium near Piazza del Popolo, a smart option for anyone who finds themselves in the city center and wants to avoid tourist bars. The aperitivo is excellent, arguably one of the best in town: pasta, lasagna, pizza, hot dogs and fried snacks galore all to be enjoyed with their delicious cocktails and wine list.

Camillo B.

Piazza Cavour, 21 (Prati)
Aperitivo: €8

camillo b aperitivo roma

Facing one of Rome’s grandest piazzas, this bar is a warm welcome when off the downtown path. Quaint and comfortable, their aperitivo is generous but all bite-sized. The crowd is a nice mix of locals and visitors, and the staff is friendly and accommodating. The space is slim, so get there early! Great for couples, small crowds, or solo.

La Zanzara Bistrot

Via Crescenzio, 84 (Prati)
Aperitivo: €10

la zanzara bistrot rome

Just down the street from St. Peter’s, the stylish La Zanzara is perfect for an early evening soiree. The aperitivo is second to their liquid concoctions, as they pride themselves on their bar skills (try their Bloody Mary!) But the chef keeps the kitchen fresh by exploring American, Asian and the best of Italian ingredients which are translated into a rich spread for any empty stomach. Great outdoor seating.

Abitudini e Follie

Via Pavia, 28 (Policlinico)
Aperitivo: €7
abitudine e follie aperitivo rome

A friendly neighbourhood restaurant, well worth a visit just for their lavish aperitivo. Little brioche sandwiches are stuffed with good quality hams and cheeses, vegetables are presented beautifully with mozzarella and sometimes there is even seafood. The staff are delightful and generous. There is always a lovely vibe.


Via Ostiense, 182/a (Ostiense)
Aperitivo: €10

tbar roma

T-bar is all about the space. With a generous open terrace and plenty of outdoor seating, this crew pride themselves on their fun cocktails, abundant buffet, and their chic, laid-back vibe. The music here is eclectic, too – expect everything from house, to 80s, to rock.


Piazza Giuditta Tavani Arquati, 114 (Trastevere)
Aperitivo: € 7

vinallegro aperitivo roma

A charming wine bar, nostalgic for Paris and the lost generation, this bar is the perfect place for a date and a welcome bar of quality in often-mediocre Trastevere. Candlelit and framed by boozy bottles of red, pick a corner and tell the knowledgeable waitress what wine you would like and she will surely match your desires. The bar is lined with celebratory plates piled high with pizza bianca panino, savoury pastries and other snacks. A favourite.


Contributors: Angela Gleason, Margaux MacNeil, Sarah Featherby

See also:

Best Winebars in Rome

Best Bars for Afterdinner in Rome

Best NightClubs for Dancing in Rome

Summer Hangouts in Rome

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