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.
La Conventicola degli Ultramoderni
Via Di Porta Labicana, 32 (San Lorenzo)
With their Conventicola degli Ultramoderni, “Mirkaccio” and “Madame De Freitas” have lit a fire under Rome’s bar scene, carrying a style that can best be described as vaudeville meets variety show meets café chantant. Hosting about a dozen, vastly different artists each night, along with the occasional burlesque performance, this venue is like nowhere else in Rome. Mirko, having taken on the stage name of “Mirkaccio,” begins every evening singing and playing piano. He wears black eyeliner and has a long, well-groomed mustache. While Madame De Freitas takes the stage to croon diva-inspired songs in her cabaret act.
Friday at GUS Club Roma
Via dei Cosmati, 3 (Prati/Piazza Cavour)
In the heart of Rome, in the Prati district just footsteps from Piazza Cavour, get ready to sip cocktails and dance the night away in a beautiful lounge area with a bar and dance floor. Glamorous people, elegant vibe and contemporary music await you for a night that you won’t forget. RSVP and don’t forget to say “Romeing” at the entrance for free entry.
Circolo degli Illuminati
Via Giuseppe Libetta
Il Circolo degli Illuminati has become one of the reference points for Roman nightlife. With three different clubrooms and an ample garden, the club offers a wide variety of musical genres. 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. Make sure not to miss out on Circolo degli Illuminati’s Minù: a weekly Saturday night party with great electronic music.
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.
The Sanctuary Eco Retreat
Via delle Terme di Traiano, 4a
Lovers of Voodoo Bar, this one’s for you. The Sanctuary is Voodoo Bar’s winter bar, located in between Parco del Colle Oppio and Parco di Traiano. A 1000 squared meter space that includes a spa, various restaurants, a wellness area and an area dedicated to artistic performances and shows. A wow tropical bar isn’t missing either, as well as resident Djs playing tunes till the after hours to get your feet stomping.
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 del Tritone, 118 (Barberini)
COHO Apartment, a hip, two-floor locale in the heart of Rome has made a comeback and is fast becoming one of the city’s hottest hangouts. 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. Meanwhile, downstairs is pure exotic fusion, with a space for dancing, and tables scattered throughout the room like islands in an archipelago.
Sheket – Slow Bar
Via delle Botteghe Oscure, 33 (Centro Storico)
Footsteps from Piazza Venezia, in Palazzo Caetani, you’ll stumble upon Sheket. As you step inside, a pale pink carpet runs across the three lounges, and right after the entrance door, you’ll find the DJ mixing away. But don’t take a seat just yet, stop at the main bar – overhung by a gigantic shelf packed with wines and spirits, handled carefully by elegant waiters with cute bow ties – to have a drink. Sit down and relax in the first lounge with comfortable seats in a rococo style, or venture into the other lounges to find the place that suits you best. For an aperitivo, a dinner or a drink, Sheket is definitely the new place to try for a delightful evening in the center of Rome.
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!
Viale del Galoppatoio, 33 (Parioli)
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.
Via Maria Cristina, 2 (Popolo)
Tucked between idyllic Piazza del Popolo and the Tiber river, Raspoutine is bringing its famous Champs Élysées club scene to Rome. Located in the prestigious Palazzo Dama, a luxury hotel in an elegant 19th century building, Raspoutine features one of the best outdoor areas in Rome, where guests can enjoy their drinks beside the pool. With quality House music guiding the night, VIP tables have an intimate view of resident DJ Lorenzo Rumi spinning the tracks alongside French guest DJs from their Paris location.
Via Veneto, 81 (Barberini)
London, Mykonos, Dubai, Los Angeles, Istanbul and now Rome. These are the names of the big cities that have given life to one of the most exclusive clubs in the world, Toy Room. Not your common dance club and a place where dress code has never been so important. Located in the heart of the dolce vita, in the former Elle Club on Via Veneto, Toy Room guarantees a fantastic night out. Situated on three floors, the club is filled with brights signs and walls covered in graffiti. And the unmissable Frank, the iconic beat mascot, dances with you in the middle of the dance floor all night long.
The Rabbit Hole Roma
Via del Moro, 35 (Trastevere)
Hidden in the alleys of the Trastevere neighbourhood, between beautiful palazzos, you’ll find an underground club experience: the Rabbit Hole. A place where good taste, great music, fantasy, art and entertainment collide to create the perfect nighttime experience in the Eternal City. They stay open till very late or till very early, depending on the point of view