The Complete Guide
The Italy’s capital, Rome, has garnered its name as a cosmopolitan city with profound art, architecture and culture. Apart from the ancient ruins in the city, the city leaves no room to complain when it comes to the nightlife excitement. The students, tourists and locals are lured to the city’s nightlife. The wide range of options the city has to offer entices everyone. You must have heard – When in Rome, do what Romans do, but it also true for parties. When in Rome, Party like Romans. This has been made possible with the array of cool clubs, trendy bars and discos available at your disposal.
It is needless to say, the city attracts people of all ages and preferences to have their best time. You may take a stroll in the Trastevere district with an ice cream in your hand and visit a bar overlooking Campo De Fiori. You may even spend your time in a wine bar in the San Lorenzo district or even dance till morning with the locals in a nightclub.
Usually, the evening starts around 18:00 for locals and students here. Most of them would visit a venue for an Aperitivo. If you are looking to experience the real nightlife of the city you might have to wait till late night. The clubs, bars and discos would open up around 23:00 if not early and remain open till early morning. As a matter of fact, there are multiple venues available in the city to dine out or enjoy your evening. But if you are looking to take a plunge into the city culture or the true spirit of Rome, you must opt for outdoor venues.
The streets and neighborhoods are the best way to explore this historic center of earth. Summers is the time when outdoor places turn into huge bars and is where the Romans will meet for a great time together. It could be their best spot to grab a drink with their friends in an outdoor setting. Months from June to September, you can witness a lot of live shows, music concerts and events in the streets of the city.
Now we will take you through the most happening areas in the city and what you can expect when you visit them. Most of the areas for experiencing nightlife are located near the center with its own characteristics and tastes
This district is one of the most captivating areas in the city. It is not only a perfect spot for daytime shopping, strolling but equally better at night. You can grab an aperitivo with your friends or colleagues and a late night drink afterwards. This place is visited by locals and tourists which develops an environment full of fun and excitement. This place is particularly full of cool and trendy bars. The most notable attribute of Piazza Navona is its winding streets which add appeal and quaintness. If you are walking through the alleys, you will see a lot of stylish bars, restaurants, cafes and gelaterias.
Here is a list of places/venues you must stop by
The Campo De Fiori square is considered top amongst the best squares in the city. In day time, the venue has the open air market which has its roots back from 1869. Locals usually buy food items from tis market. As the evening approaches, the shopkeepers, vegetable vendors and flower sellers could be seen packing up their stuff to make way for the enthralling nightlife hub. The Campo De Fiori square becomes real busy every night of the week. The tourists, especially the students who have come study here, will mingle with the locals
The chic restaurants, wine bars and clubs are strategically located in this area emerges as the get together spots for locals and tourists. You can see glimpse of the historic stories which have now been replaced with the modern fabric. Many of the theaters and buildings in this area are inspired from the rich heritage of Rome. So this place becomes an ideal spot to grab a drink and enjoy the beauty around.
The best places to look out for when you are in Campo De Fiori
The day time in Trastevere is filled with people talking in all languages, busy traffic and street performers showing their tricks to the audience. You will feel alive with the activities happening in the squares. When the sun starts setting down, things don’t change much. The locals could be seen eating pizzas and sipping cocktails with their friends. The atmosphere remains lively till the morning and could still feel the movement in the area.
Trastevere has a bohemian environment characterized by cool cafes, chic restaurants, lavish wine bars and trendy clubs. The bars and restaurants start preparing themselves from 19:00 hours for the riveting night ahead. As for most of the Mediterranean countries, the norm is to socialize in the evening with food and wine. Rome follows the same trail and you can find spots filled with crowd all night.
You will come across many budget friendly restaurants in Trastevere. You might have a glance at the menu being displayed to give you a fair idea of what you can expect. Usually, the main course would cost you around 12 Euros with wine being affordable. An aperitivo can be a good option as well as you will get an aperitivo with a drink for 10 Euros if not less.
Here are a few places that you can visit while you are in Trastevere:
The San Lorenzo district has garnered its name as the home for Bohemian counterculture and its enticing nightlife experience. The food options and environment makes it a perfect escape from tourist trodden paths. The district is basically a university area and it touts to have La Sapienza University. Pertaining to the young crowd in this area, you are bound to find pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs all around.
Being a university area, San Lorenzo is known for its young social scenes. The young Roman hearts head to the night spots for budget friendly food options and the wide range of drinks. During summers, the crowd could be seen grabbing chilled beer in the district’s meeting point – Piazza dell’imacolata. As the night progresses, the crowd find their way to pizzerias such as Formula Uno or Il Podista. The bar ranges from costly ones to hipster lounge or galleries.
Here are a few places to try when in San Lorenzo:
The Testaccio is in the outskirts of the city home to many night venues. The area is surrounded by a circular road which connects all the nightspots. Mostly, the crowd frequented here are locals. The best known places which make to the top list are Akab or Joia (mostly famous for dancing), Villaggio Globale (live music lovers could be seen) and On the Rox (for experiencing a true bar setup). Usually, the fun varies from spot to spot but you can definitely find highly energetic crowd wherever you go.
The best part of this place is you would find both outdoor and indoor setting in almost all venues. Locals normally arrive at this place early to grab reasonable drinks before entering the nightclubs. Testaccio is best known for live music venues such as Conte Staccio and Villaggio Globale. These live performances are organized in outdoor setting. The clubs in Testaccio are open to public during summers but there are few clubs like Coyote and On the Rox which functions entire year to live up to this place’s charm.
The nightlife in Rome starts a bit later than usual. Romans would dine out with their friends till 10 before heading to a place to spend their entire night. Choosing the one from many can be a real tedious task. It is advisable to check the websites of clubs, bars, etc. for any special events being organized. The city offers a wide variety of bars and pubs, clubs and discos but the best way to enjoy the nightlife experience, Rome’s culture and its vibe, go outdoors. That’s the sole reason, every square in the city turns into a huge bar at night.
If you are a party lover and like to go to nightclubs with your friends and partner, Rome is the city you would definitely fall in love with. There are a lot of nightclubs concentrated in the areas of Testaccio (the most fashionable district). The music played in these nightclubs ranges from house music, electronic music and alternative.
We have curated a list of the nightclubs that you must visit while you are visiting Rome. We would advise you to try them all if you are enthusiastic and full of energy:
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, The club has a rich history of more than 45 years (since its inception in 1965) and is considered as a focal point of Roman nightlife. Popular artists both nationally and internationally have performed at this venue. There are concerts happening all time in pop, rock, vintage and indie genres. Fridays are mostly for the 60s to 90s vintage music and Saturdays are for electronic and commercial music which attracts the young crowd.
Lanificio 159 club used to be an industrial building (a woolen mill) which got converted into a club. The events hosted are in genres such as commercial and electronic music. The artists performing are Mount Kimbie, Daniele Celona to name a few. It is famous for its rooftop garden, DJs and modern art exhibitions. The crowd visiting the club loves its food and cocktails and is impressed with the service and staff friendly nature.
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, The Alibi is an open-minded gay-friendly club which has been functional for the last 40 years. The club is regarded as an institution in the Roman rights. The most striking feature of the venue is its location; situated in a cave on Monte dei Cocci, Testaccio. This place has got a terrace with 3 music rooms where you would see house to electro, techno, commercial genres.
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, The club is considered as the reference point for a historic club experience in the city. Akab provides a platform for emerging bands of the city. Till now, it has hosted Giorgia, Samuele Bersani and Alex Britti. The music genres are different for each day, for example, Thursday is for hip-hop music, Friday you will see R&B, electro and Saturday is for commercial music. The crowd is attracted to the music extravaganza mostly on Friday and Saturday, thanks to its huge dance floor and cools bar offering a wide variety of drinks.
The atmosphere is young, fashionable and vibrant as the crowd flocking to the club is aged between 20 and 30 including the tourists.
Rated 3.5 on TripAdvisor, an internationally acclaimed club is known for its historic setup and fashionable interior and exterior. A lot of party lovers around the world have this club on their bucket list. The music is generally focused around electronic and techno. The best DJ talents of Italy and the world have performed (Claudio de Sven Vath a Cocculuto). Thursday, you will find Ultrabeat and Friday is known for Anarchy and D Lite. On Saturday, you can spend your time dancing and being funky.
Rated 4.5 on TripAdvisor, The Jazz club jazz jam sessions (mostly on Wednesdays) along with the live music shows. It is referred to as the music lover’s heaven. The interior looks like a home with few tables, room walls showing pictures of jazz legends and a cool bar with a hint of 70’s style. On the first floor, there is enough space for people to sit with velvet sofa sets. The low ceilings and a false library setup create a homely atmosphere.
There is also something for Whiskey lovers, the club offers 70 varieties of whiskeys. It makes the club a cool combination of whiskey and jazz at the same place. Mostly, the crowd visiting the club are 30 years and above.
Rated 3.5 on TripAdvisor, No Doubt Qube club is the biggest club in the city along with being transgressive and trendy. When it comes to its interior space – it has 4 rooms spread across 3 plans with different taste of music in all rooms. Friday is particularly famous for an unconventional and gay-friendly event called “Muccassassina” which started 20 years back. Saturday is for Black Qube event where each room plays its own music; genres ranges from R&B to hip-hop. Lastly, Monday is “Any Given Monday”, do not miss the fun.
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, The club is transformed from a big cellar to galleries and halls. It is referred to as the swanky club style burlesque which stands out in the city. The club is accessible via a spiral staircase. The staircase opens up in rooms with arches and giant columns. Besides, there are three cool bars in the club along with a relaxing and smoking area for the crowd.
The Cabala club is listed among the most elite club in the city. The location is the most striking feature of the club as it is situated in a medieval palace right in front of the Tiber River. The club has ample space as it is spread across three floors – one for dancing, second for a cool bar and third for dining. The people visiting the club are mostly in the age group of 25 to 30. The music genre is around house and techno. It is a place that turns into a party bomb during the weekends. The club has a strict door policy.
The Shari Vari Playhouse is among the trendiest clubs in the city. There are three rooms with different tastes of music ranging from hip hop, house to retro. The crowd visiting this place is a mix of both international and Romans but both are stylish and well dressed. The chic interior, atmosphere and crowd make it a perfect place to show off. You would find aperitif being served during the evening time along with a delicious menu ranging from Italian to fusion dishes. The music starts post the evening for dancing. Theme party events are frequent with music ranging from Hip-Hop (Wednesday) to Rock & Electro (Thursday) to Commercial (Friday and Saturday) depending on the day of the week. The place is quite frequented so it is advisable to book your table well in advance.
Rated 3.5 on TripAdvisor, The club is known for its world-class sound system and is the best in Europe. The club has two rooms at the audience disposal. On Fridays, you can find Vintage and Commercial music being played in the house. Saturdays are the time to enjoy the electronic and house music (composed locally in Italy).
Rated 2.5 on TripAdvisor, The Init Club is situated in Aqueduct Claudio. It is considered one among the alternative clubs in Rome. Once you enter this place, you will see a small garden which leads to the concert hall. The hall has got a dancefloor and a stage. The outdoor setting is the most notable feature of the club where you can enjoy a drink with eclectic music being played. The music ranges from hip-hop, rock, electronic and reggae.
The Rashomon Club is one of the trendiest clubs in the city. It is a cool place for electronic music lovers. Not just that, the live concerts being organized every now and then are not just limited to electronic music. There is a good range of appetizers with a delicious menu range. The performances are also being conducted on Weekends.
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, You can count on the club for being a historical place in Rome. It has its roots since 1987 and garnered its name in experiencing the best nightlife of Rome. The club is quite frequented by top class crowd such as celebs, politicians and actors. The main room has a dance floor with sofas for sitting and a private area. There is also a cool bar in the same room. The music usually ranges from hip-hop to R&B. There is some discount to check out for students for an entry before 1 AM
Club 360 is a bar with 10 years of experience into serving the audience with live music. This is the best place for people looking for a relaxing environment with live shows. The music ranges from Rock, Jazz, Metal, Hip-Hop and Blues. There is also an option to book your room for private events along with that you get live DJ set. If you go upstairs to the first floor, you can see a café.
Rated 3.5 on TripAdvisor, Planet Roma is known for three things – space, diversity and liveliness. The club has got 7 rooms for different purposes along with 5 bars and a courtyard for hosting private and public events. The facilities are tweaked based on the event being organized in the club as the walls are retractable which allows you to use the space in the best possible way. Thanks to the 3000 sq mts of area separated into rooms, bars and areas, it can hold up to 2500 people. There is house music being played in the main hall while in other rooms you would find techno, hip-hop, etc.
Rated 2.5 on TripAdvisor, It is listed among the most fashionable clubs in the city. The door policy is that you can wear a shirt, jacket and should be accompanied with your lady partner. The music ranges from commercial to house. It is a popular destination among the students especially on Friday.
Rated 4.0 on TripAdvisor, Baja is a full package on a docked boat on the Tiber river where you enjoy your time from morning till night. It offers coffee in the morning, a tasty lunch and a dinner with live music. On the left side, you can enjoy the wine or cocktails from sunset till late night along with an aperitivo and great music. In terms of facilities, there are two floors with barge being has space for a restaurant, bar and disco. The food menu is inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. The spot is popular usually in the summer season.
If you are looking to relax in the evening with a live show of music, Beba Do Samba is a perfect place for you. The club has a historic ambiance and is situated in the famous San Lorenzo neighborhood. The music ranges from jazz to punk with Italian music. You can start your evening with a wide variety of aperitifs with wines and beers. The Wednesday is particularly famous for aperi-samba.
Rated 2.0 on TripAdvisor, Chalet nel Bosco is a huge club situated near Olympic Stadium. The club has got a wide range of music played along with the fun events. There are a lot of options available for aperitifs. The club gives you 2 halls at your disposal – one for house music and business. It is a must visit in the summer season as there is an outdoor setting of disco in a gorgeous garden.
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, The Heaven Club is listed among the historical clubs in the city. It has got a sophisticated restaurant which is open for dining from Monday and Friday until Saturday. You can treat this place as an ideal spot for tasting Italian cuisine. There is also a dance floor (disco) which is open till 5 AM, it is open only on Friday and Saturday. You can be with your partner for a romantic evening where you can dine and dance till morning on house music
Rated 2.5 on TripAdvisor, The Mood club is an exclusive club located at the center of the city and it is just footsteps away from Campo De Fiori neighborhood. The club is rated as the top notch in terms of its well-designed discotheque. There are many rooms well equipped with sofas for comfortable sitting. The music in the club ranges from commercial to hip-hop.
Rated 3.0 on TripAdvisor, The Alexanderplatz Jazz club is regarded as the oldest jazz club not just in the city but in the entire country. Having situated underground, it gives you an international taste of jazz like New York or London. There are three separate spaces each offering a different taste. Each of those spaces has got candlelit tables which surround the main stage. There is also a bar located in the corridor area (that links each living room). This Jazz club is a reference point for all Jazz lovers (especially in summer season). You would also find live concerts being organized by international and national artists.
Now is the time to get ready and mingle with Romans to spend the best night of your life. The atmosphere in the nightclubs is friendly and diverse. During your visit to Rome, you would definitely want to savor the flavor of nightclubs in the city.
We are now confident that it will be easier for you to find a suitable spot of your choice and preference based on the list of options. Wish you a great nightlife experience in Rome.