Rome Nightlife Guide: Bars for Aperitivo

The best places in Rome for happy hour

When in Rome, do as the Romans do – so don’t miss out on the art of aperitivo. When you get off work, come join the locals in one of these aperitivo bars in Rome. From great cocktail bars to enotecas packed with terrific wine bottles, come taste some delicious food paired with your choice of drink before heading to dinner. Here are our favorite happy hour bars in Rome by neighbourhood.

 

CENTRO STORICO

Il Marchese

Via di Ripetta, 162 (Via del Corso)
Aperitivo: Price of drink + €15 (for 2 persons)
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Step inside Europe’s first amaro bar with more than 500 Italian bitter labels. But don’t be fooled into thinking Il Marchese is just for amaro lovers–it’s among the best cocktail bars in the city. Desire Verdecchia is the barlady at the helm, offering refreshing, classic and experimental cocktails with combinations that pair perfectly with the restaurant’s dishes. Come by to enjoy these cocktails for aperitivo from 6.30pm to 9.30pm and order from three different aperitivo menus to accompany your drink: romano with a carbonara or amatriciana tasting and a supplì; tagliere with your choice of cured meats and cheese; or homemade pinsa romana with ham and figs or mortadella, buffalo mozzarella and pistachio. Cocktails will set you back €12, and for an extra €15 (for 2 persons) you can choose one of the aperitivo menus. Their newly set up dehor in 19th century style right on Via di Ripetta is the perfect place to enjoy these balmy summer evenings.

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    La Terrazza del Cesàri

    Via di Pietra, 89/A (Pantheon)
    Aperitivo: price of drink + à la carte
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    Imagine church bells ringing, pink-tinted skies, and the unmissable view of Roman rooftops. Add a drink or a glass of wine laying down in comfy sofas in a splendid setting overlooking one of Rome’s most unique piazzas, and tell me “perfection” isn’t the word that comes to mind. If this isn’t the way to indulge in la dolce vita, I don’t know what is. And to accompany your drink, choose from a delicious food menu. From cured meats and cheese boards to sesame bagels, sandwiches, caprese skewers and tuna tartars, you’ll find some yummy options to choose from.

    For an aperitivo or an after dinner drink, the recently renovated La Terrazza del Cesàri should definitely be on your list of “experiences in Rome”. Not just because it’s located in the oldest hotel of the Italian capital – founded in 1787 – but because it’s a hidden retreat from which you can admire the hustle and bustle of Rome tucked away in an exclusive setting. And with its harmonious design, where antique meets modern, it’s impossible you won’t be back again and again.

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    Salotto42

    Piazza di Pietra, 42 (Pantheon)
    Aperitivo: price of drink
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    The Piazza Navona neighbourhood of 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 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. Reservations are recommended.

    Hotel Locarno Lounge Bar

    Via della Penna, 22 (Popolo)
    Aperitivo: €10-15 depending on the drink
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    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. Reserve your table by emailing bar@hotellocarno.com or calling +39 06 3610841.

    Le Jardin de Russie

    Via del Babuino, 9 (Piazza del Popolo)
    Aperitivo: price of drink
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    A glamorous and renown restaurant, Le Jardin de Russie has been a long-time favorite among celebrities visiting Rome. A stone’s throw away from the Spanish Steps, the de Russie presents a whimsical setting for your happy hour. Immersed in the iconic “secret” garden, the jardin is also home to various citrus trees, different terraces, and an elegant design, making the atmosphere all the more magical. With a sophisticated wine selection, and a buffet that is far from the usual, starting your evening here will have you feeling like a star.

    Gusto al 28

    Piazza di S. Apollinare, 41 (Piazza Navona)
    Aperitivo: € 10
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    Gusto is a trendy culinary emporium which just moved near Piazza Navona. It’s 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 and fried snacks galore all to be enjoyed with their delicious cocktails and wine list directly at your table.

    Etablì – food & drinks

    Vicolo delle Vacche, 9 (Piazza Navona)
    Aperitivo: à la carte
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    A chic wine bar situated on one of Piazza Navona’s quaint side streets. Stop in for aperitivo or choose from their traditional, yet refined dinner menu. It is the perfect place to cozy up in their stylish leather decor as you sip cocktails by the fireplace while indulging in cured meats and cheese boards.

    Enoteca Il Goccetto

    Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14 (Navona)
    Aperitivo: price of drink + à la carte
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    Enoteca il Goccetto aperitivo Rome

    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! Reservations are recommended, call 0699448583 or contact them via social media.

    Wine Tasting Experience

    Via Monserrato, 4
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    The best wine bars in Rome

    Indulge in an authentic wine tasting experience in a charming enoteca, footsteps from Campo de’ Fiori. Step inside the boutique wine bar where you will be greeted by your host Patrizia and her sommelier son, Giampaolo.  Once you’re seated, let the games begin. Listen as the sommelier takes you on a journey around Italy and its wine production through the tastings of 6 premium wines (sparking, rosè, 2 white wines, 2 red wines) paired with cheeses, salami, cured meats and bread.

     

    CAMPO DE' FIORI

    Chapter Roma

    Via di Santa Maria de Calderari, 47
    Aperitivo: price of drink + à la carte
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    Best bars for aperitivo Chapter Roma

    Chapter Hotel’s lobby bar is the vehicle that brings everything together. The industrial-chic bar has a minimalist, colorful décor yet is incredibly warm and inviting. Plus, their choice of music (and timing in general) is the perfect way to mix guests with the local Romans.  Open and bustling until 1am, the bar’s food & drink menus are internationally inspired with a Roman touch. Mario Farulla, one of the most renowned names in the international bartending world, has now taken the reins of the Rome Chapter Lobby Bar. Aperitivo is à la carte, with Mario Farulla’s drink selection to choose from and Davide Puleio’s, Best Young Chef of 2020 award-winner, food menu to order from. Cocktails, like the food, are seasonal here so there’s always something new to taste depending on what time of year you are visiting. On Saturdays they even have a dj set from 7pm onwards.

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    Camponeschi

    Piazza Farnese, 50/50a
    Aperitivo: price of drink
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    best bars for aperitivo in Rome

    Camponeschi’s wine bar is the perfect place for aperitivo in a suggestive atmosphere. Sitting right on Piazza Farnese in the center of Rome, Camponeschi awaits you with its plendid outdoor tables on Piazza Farnese, a very kind staff, great drinks and wine and tasty bites to begin your evening! Reservations are recommended.

     

    TRASTEVERE

    Freni e Frizioni

    Via del Politeama, 4-6
    Aperitivo: price of a drink
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    Freni e frizioni aperitivo bar Rome

    This place is always buzzing and consistently turns out some of the most creative, killer cocktails in Rome by the most fun and friendliest staff. Their punk vibe can be seen from the colorful drink menus that change seasonally, their “drink of the week” and even their getup, They offer everything from the standard dishes like pizza, bruschetta and pasta to exotic couscous salads and hearty vegetarian options. You really can classify their aperitivo as a light dinner and the atmosphere and cocktails are great for sitting around with friends. Service is directly at the table and reservations are recommended!

    Santo

    Via della Paglia, 40
    Aperitivo: price of drink + a la carte
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    Santo Trastevere Aperitivo Bar

    Tucked away in Trastevere’s cozier side streets, Santo is a charming aperitivo spot. Decorated with sophistication, lots of greenery, and attention to detail, Santo is a true gem. Both a restaurant and a cocktail bar, each plate and drink are prepared with great care. The bar is captained by Matteo Masci, and the kitchen led by Gianluca Vestroni. Together they make quite the (delicious) team; reason to why making a reservation is highly recommended! In case you’re unsure about what cocktail to order for your happy hour, know that you can ask for an original creation as well; trust the mixologeres! They’ve recently added many organic wines to their wine selection, too!

    MONTI

    Blackmarket Hall

    Via Panisperna, 101
    Aperitivo: a la carte
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    Blackmakert Hall Aperitivo in Rome

    This cool place, located in the heart of Monti, features a raw venue with dim lighting, second hand vintage furniture and an array of nooks and crannies perfect for curling up and enjoying a great glass of wine. And from 6pm to 8.30pm, aperitivo is served where customers can enjoy a free drink with each tasting plate on the menu, so you can experience the nuances of both the food and drink menu!

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    Fafiuchè

    Via Madonna dei Monti, 28
    Aperitivo: €8
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    Fafiuche aperitivo bar rome

    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.

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    ESQUILINO

    Panella

    Via Merulana, 54
    Aperitivo: €15-18 depending on drink
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    Panella aperitivo bar in Rome

    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).

    Maestro

    Via Torino, 144
    Aperitivo: drink + a la carte options
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    Right across the stunning Teatro dell’Opera and in between Termini Station and the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, a new bistrot and cocktail bar where you can eat and drink any time of the day awaits you: Maestro. The menu is complete with Roman and Mediterranean dishes, and with Chef Mirko Campoli at the helm, you’re in for a special treat. Maestro has everything from continental, American and Italian breakfast options. While lunch and dinner will wow you with a selection of juicy hamburgers, Argentinian meat cuts, and delicious pasta dishes.  If you’re in the mood for drinks or aperitivo, their vast cocktail selection will blow you away. Choose from a wide range of spirits and a cocktail list personally prepared for Maestro by the famous bartender Giorgio Peis.

    PRATI

    Il Sorpasso

    Via Properzio, 31
    Aperitivo: drink + a la carte options
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    Sorpasso Aperitivo bar Rome

    Il Sorpasso comes from the verb “to overtake” and when it comes to quality and style, this place definitely surpasses the competition. In the late afternoon and early evening it has the relaxed vibe of a spacious farmhouse kitchen but after 7pm this place is buzzing with locals. It’s an inviting jumble of quaint wooden tables and painted chairs with a delectable menu full of tasty cocktails, yummy wine, and their specialty artisanal meat and cheese platters directly coming from their charcuterie station.

    La Zanzara Bistrot

    Via Crescenzio, 84
    Aperitivo: €10
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    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.

    FLAMINIO

    Tree Bar

    Via Flaminia, 226
    Aperitivo: price of drink
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    Tree bar Restaurant & winebar 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 an outdoor aperitivo. During happy hour, you’re sitting in one of the tables, you’ll be served a platter with focaccia, pizza and fried antipasti (according to the day) along with your drink, while if you’re staying in the garden you’ll be given a small food bag to pair with your drink.

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    TESTACCIO/OSTIENSE

    Doppio Zeroo

    Via Ostiense , 68 (Testaccio)
    Aperitivo: €10
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    Best aperitivo bars in Rome.

    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, at Doppiozeroo you’ll find practically anything you can imagine. For just €10 you’ll get served a drink + a variety of pizzas, and a mix of first courses, main courses and vegetables directly at your table. They also have a new formula for late arrivals – from 9pm you can opt for their special aperitivo/dinner menu starting for just €15, inclusive of pizzas, a mix of first courses, main courses and vegetables and many tasting plates made by the chef accompanied by wine or cocktails!

    T-Bar

    Via Ostiense, 182/a (Ostiense)
    Aperitivo: €10
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    Best aperitivo bars in Rome.
    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 (served at the table by one of their staff members), and their chic, laid-back vibe. The music here is eclectic, too – expect everything from house, to 80s, to rock.

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    Momart

    Via XXI Aprile, 19
    Aperitivo: €12
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    Best aperitivo bars in Rome.

    Got the urge to feel sophisticated and suave? Huge heating lamps dot the inviting outdoor area while students from the two nearby universities indulge in plates with scrumptious gourmet pastas and breads. Most coveted dish? The wood fired oven in the back pumps out endless varieties of pizza. For €12 you’ll receive an all-you-can-eat aperitivo served at the table along with a drink! The Momart Spritz is recommended!

    SAN LORENZO

    Pastificio San Lorenzo

    Via Tiburtina, 196
    Aperitivo: price of drink + a la carte
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    Pastificio San Lorenzo

    Pastificio San Lorenzo, the ex-traditional pasta factory transformed into a contemporary eatery with a retro look, has finally reopened. The dynamic open space is the perfect place from aperitivo to after dinner drinks. The menu invites customers to share, to order from dishes that range from pasta to seafood, from meat to vegetables, which can be ordered in small or normal portions. Quality is key here so this place is great for a splurge, with select ingredients meant to rediscover traditional methods in innovative ways. For drinks you can’t miss out on the fabulous cocktails by Federico Tommaselli, formerly of the Jerry Thomas Project.

     

    PIGNETO

    Necci dal 1924

    Via Fanfulla da Lodi 68
    Aperitivo: price of drink
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    Necci dal 1924 Aperitivo Rome

    In case you were wondering why the date “1924” is included in Necci’s name, it’s because that’s actually the year it opened. Among its infinite visitors since then, the famous italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini was a regular during his time. Safe to say it’s historic! Located in the Pigneto area, one of Rome’s artsier neighborhoods, Necci is an aperitivo spot worth visiting. With a carefully crafted menu captained by chef Ben Hirst, classic drink options, and a private oasis to enjoy your happy hour in, you will feel right at (r)home. I recommend you try one of the wine options from the carta dei vini, perfect to sip on while you savour the homemade pizza and fritti treats.

    CIRCO MASSIMO

    Rosso Eat Drink Stay

    Viale Aventino, 32
    Aperitivo: €10
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    There’s a reason happy hour has the word “happy” in it, and Rosso definitely lives up to it. With a modern interior design (mixed with wood and stone features) Rosso is a friendly spot locals often choose for their aperitivi. Thanks to their large spaces, and extensive menus, Rosso is an all-around treasure for the Roman happy hour scene. And speaking of the scene, you’ll be able to enjoy Rosso’s happy hour from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm for €10, which includes your choice of drink + a tasting menu served at the table! Feeling touristy afterwards? Hop on over to the Circus Maximus, an often overlooked yet equally wonderful ancient roman sight!

    POLICLINICO

    Abitudini e Follie

    Via Pavia, 28
    Aperitivo: €10
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    Abitudini e Follie aperitivo Rome

    A friendly neighbourhood restaurant, well worth a visit just for their lavish finger food aperitivo. Happy hour boards from their quality buffet will be served at the table from their staff. Their little brioche sandwiches are stuffed with yummy hams and cheeses, vegetables are presented beautifully and there’s even pizza, all for €10 inclusive of your choice of drink. Abitudini e Follie always has a lovely vibe, we recommend making reservations by calling 064441459.

     

    Contributors: Angela Gleason, Margaux MacNeil, Sarah Featherby, Emily Rosu

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