The best nightclubs in Rome for dancing
Via Cardinale Merry del Val, 14 (Trastevere)
An all-new concept in the heart of Trastevere where live music, Dj sets and much more comes to life for a night to remember. Thursdays at Live Alcazar are dedicated to live music jam sessions, while concerts by international and Italian soul, R&B, funk and jazz artists fill the stage on Fridays and Saturdays, alternating with a resident band. The night is young and goes on till the after-hours as the place transforms itself into a dance floor. Live Alcazar is the perfect place to indulge in cocktails – from classic to mixology – and dance the night away in an atmosphere that takes you back in time.
Via di Pietralata, 159/1 (Nomentana)
Although it is located a ways from the city centre, this garage-style club hosts amazing parties. Their selection of DJ sets, especially L-Ektrica and GLAMDA is what brings party goers in their 20s and 30s back to this place every weekend for unique sound experiences. Lanificio also opens its doors to all varieties of live music; every Monday: Sliding Bob, a live radio program; once a month on Thursday: Bar Kahbum with Indipendent Italian Bands; every Sunday: live band karaoke.
Via Giuseppe Libetta, 13 (Ostiense)
One of the greatest alternative and electronic clubs in town. An intimate venue, famous for its original vibe and brilliant soundsystem. The cutting edge programming fortified its reputation as one of the most forward-thinking venues in Italy.
Via dello Scalo San Lorenzo, 10 (San Lorenzo)
Reusing industrial spaces is all the rage in Rome these days. The Ex Dogana in the San Lorenzo Neighbourhood, a former customs checkpoint in the 1900s, now boasts concerts, clubbing, street food vendors, cocktail bars, arts and cinema. Stop by on the weekend and experience the transformation of a new kind of venue and creative space. Check their Facebook Page Ex Dogana for the full program.
Via degli Avignonesi, 73
Following the success of Cohouse Pigneto comes COHO Apartment, a hip, two-floor locale in the heart of Rome (just a few steps from Piazza Barberini) that’s fast becoming the city’s hottest hangout. Head upstairs and you’ll stumble upon a sleek space reminiscent of a New York-style apartment, with wide glass windows that look out onto Via del Tritone. Downstairs, meanwhile, is pure exotic fusion, with a space for dancing, and tables scattered throughout the room like islands in an archipelago.
Shari Vari Playhouse
Via di Torre Argentina, 78 (Navona)
sharivari.it – +39 334.2532673
In the heart of Rome it used to known as SupperClub, today it has become the spot in Rome’s nightlife. Their goal is to satisfy all of your needs, a true playhouse. The interior design is reminiscent of an American house from the 50′s. Tuesday Chill night, Wednesday Hip-Hop night, Thursday Rock-Electro night, Friday & Saturday House/Commercial/Live Club night, Sunday aperitivo. Every night open for dinner as well.
Piazza Guglielmo Marconi, 31 (EUR)
Room26 has been around for four years now, at first glance you might feel that you are entering a museum. The marble columns and architecture surrounding this club are quite amazing. Once inside you realize the real treasure about this place – the first thing that overwhelms you is the sound system, designed by Steve Dash it is one of the best in Europe. This place is beautifully loud.
Via Sambuca Pistoiese (Salaria)
This place is unique for Rome, it has an alternative crowd with 2 different dance floors and it features regularly the best djs from around the world. Rebel Rebel is freedom and craziness, fun and iconoclasm a dance floor in motion. If you manage to go to Rebel Rebel you certainly won’t regret. The only problem? It’s a bit outside the beaten path and not easy to reach but you can always share a taxi…
Via Dei Soldati, 12 (Navona)
Nestles on the third floor of a 15th-century palazzo, where the posh and pretend-to-be posh people go. The piano-bar is the best part of the night. Sing along to vintage Italian songs in a crowd of Italians in their 20s and 30s.
Via degli Argonauti, 16/20 (Ostiense)
Having just celebrated its ten-year anniversary, this club continues to be the centre of the most popular Roman nightlife. Always ahead of the latest trends in music and often also leading the fashion scene in the city, it’s one of the ultimate underground spots in Rome.
Via di Portonaccio, 212 (Tiburtina)
Qube has three levels of music from house to jazz to disco so there’s always something for everyone. Another amazing experience is the Muccassasina night on Fridays. This event has been going on for over 20 years. 2500sqm of pure uncensored ‘fun’, by far the most interesting night in the gay, lesbian, trans community – but this doesn’t exclude their straight friends. Avoid if easily shocked. €15 will get you in with a drink!
Via Achille Grandi, 7/a
Vicious Club, located near Termini Station at Via Achille Grandi 7, is one of the newest clubs in the capital and has made a big splash in the nightlife world. Vicious is probably the closest thing to what an underground Berlin club might look like or a very decadent New York club looked like in the 80’s. Tuesday and Wednesday it is basically an underground cocktail bar open from 10pm. From Thursday to Saturday the heavy batters come out with special international guest djs and they stay open till very late or till very early, depending on the point of view (usually people go there after 2am). Thursday is House and Techno, Friday is a mix of indie, wave, electro and rap and Saturday is techno.
Viale del Galoppatoio, 33
Between Via Veneto and Villa Borghese rises one of the Eternal City’s most inn nightclubs – Art Cafè. VIP tables, a packed dance floor and international stars play at this historic club in Rome. From commercial to house music, get ready for a night to remember. Make sure to dress appropriately, you won’t enter without a shirt and nice shoes and take your ID (24 and above club). The best thing to do to guarantee your entrance is to book a VIP table or to be on a list. Nights are on Fridays and Saturdays.