Speakeasy Bars in Rome

speakeasy bars in rome

The underground jazz joints, secret clubs, and password-protected bars iconic of the Prohibition Era known as “speakeasies” for the need to speak softly, and “easy” about them, remain hidden to the untrained eye in the Eternal City. Although they maintain the allure of a speakeasy (hard to find, and require either a reservation, password or both) don’t expect basic drinks and home-made moonshine; these hidden lounges serve some of the best cocktails in Rome, but you didn’t hear it from us…

The Jerry Thomas Project

speakeasy bars in rome

If you have ever walked down Vicolo Cellini, you have probably passed one of the best cocktail bars in Rome without knowing it. In true speakeasy style, the Jerry Thomas door is inconspicuous and requires a password and previous booking to get in. Once inside, you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped back into the 20’s. The plush interior is decorated with vintage couches and is filled with the sounds of live jazz. Lounge on a leather sofa or sit at the bar and watch the bartenders carefully mix, muddle, and pour the rare bitters, liquors and the various flavorsome ingredients to create unbeatable cocktails from the 19th and 20th century. The sexy ambiance and delicious drinks make Jerry Thomas the perfect spot for a clandestine date night or that meeting you might want to keep hush-hush. Always book between 4 pm and 7pm and don’t forget the password.

Vicolo Cellini, 30 (Centro Storico)
Mon from 10pm-3am / Tue-Sat 10pm-4am

The Race Club Speakeasy


A stone’s throw from the Colosseum, The Race Club is a 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. Their new menu “I Have a Drink”, inspired by Martin Luther King’s dream, proposes a signature drink list with a charitable vision.

Via Labicana, 52 (Colosseo/Manzoni)
Daily 10pm – 3am

Barber Shop

speakeasy bars in rome

To the naked eye, Barber Shop seems like a gentleman’s hair salon; however, at night the basement turns into a “members only” cocktail lounge (dressier attire recommended) with moustached, tattooed barmen typical of a Roman speakeasy. This underground club is open late into the night (and sometimes until sunrise), not only making it the ideal venue for a discreet nightcap but also a chic afterhours spot where you can waste away the hours sipping a classic or signature cocktail.

Via Iside 2/4/6 (Colosseo/Manzoni)
Daily 10pm-4am

Club Derrière

speakeasy bars in rome

Literally located derrière Piazza Delle Coppelle, this cozy speakeasy is hidden in plain sight right in the heart of Rome. After you ring the doorbell, a large mechanical door slides open to reveal a dimly-lit living room with sultry live jazz singers and mixologists who take their cocktails and moustaches very seriously. Duck in at any time of night, relax on a couch, ottoman, or any of their velvety, vintage furnishings and sip a spicy cocktail infused with curated ingredients.

Vicolo delle Coppelle, 59 (Centro Storico)
Mon-Sun 10pm-4am


speakeasy bars in rome

Sip your way back in time at Campo de’ Fiori’s underground cocktail bar. What used to be an old theatre has transformed itself in one of Rome’s coolest speakeasy bars and cultural associations. Argot gives off warm, friendly vibes steeped in sleek, vintage nostalgia. Those who wish to frequent Argot pay a €10 member’s fee to become an associate, or as the boys put it: their guest. Because that is what Argot is about: feeling relaxed and at home. With unique and enticing cocktails, live music every weekends, events and a quirky, intimate ambience – Argot is the perfect place to step back in time.

Via dei Cappellari, 93 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Mon-Sun from 10pm-5am


speakeasy bars in rome

In the popular Panineria, La Premiata in Pigneto, there is a door with neon writing marked “Carni Scelte.” Do not be fooled. This is not, in fact, a freezer filled with various meats. Open the door and you’ll find one of Pigneto’s best-kept secrets; the hip cocktail bar Spirito. To enter this New York-prohibition style locale, book ahead, and once inside follow these simple rules: speak softly, phone use to a minimum, be polite to the bartender, no groups, and no drinks will be served to those already drunk. Nestle into the red leather booths and enjoy Spirito’s delicious cocktails, which feature exotic flavors and syrups that breathe new life into the classic recipes. This speakeasy also offers a twist on the classic weekend brunch with “Spirito Brunch Sessions,” a welcome occasion to try their refreshing daytime cocktails and delicious food (every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm.)

Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 53 (Pigneto)
Wed-Mon 7.30pm-3.30pm

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  • Good evening guys!
    I’m Andrea Apolloni Keyhole’s president.
    First of all I’d like to thank you to have dedicated us a spot on your website and the other reason why I’m writing to you it’s because I want to ask younif it’s possibke to take off the words APS and BAR from our name and just leave keyhole.
    You all probably understand italian but it felt right to make an effort and replying in english… my broken english. Thank again. Andrea

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