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Nightlife in Rome

Traditionally, Roman nightlife focuses on the bustling bars and cafés around Campo de' Fiori or Trastevere. Although these are still popular, hip locals dance all night in Testaccio clubs, or drink in chic piano bars like Gilda. Italian opera is performed at the grand Teatro dell'Opera, and concerts take place in the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Flaminio. Clubs open from around 11pm, and don't close until 4am or later.

Micca Club, Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Micarelli
1

Antico Caffe della Pace

Glamorous Piazza Navona spot

Rome's beautiful people gather to drink and gossip at this late 19th-century ivy-clad bar near Piazza Navona. The Antico Caffe della Pace's terrace gets busy in summer. Dress to impress to attract the harried waiters.



Address

3/7, Via della Pace, Rome 00186

Telephone

+39 06 686 1216

Transport

Electric bus 116/116T to Piazza Navona

Website

Caffe della Pace Website

2

Bar Rosati

Drinks with the literati

The softly-lit interior of Bar Rosati has long attracted artists, actors and the Italian literati. Its location in pretty Piazza del Popolo makes it popular for late night drinks. The outside tables are full on hot summer evenings.



Address

5A, Piazza del Popolo, Rome 00187

Telephone

+39 06 322 5859

Transport

Flaminio Metro station

3

Café Friends

Art and cocktails

Located between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, Café Friends is one of Rome's trendiest bars. A clean and modern look, dominated by steel, glass and art exhibitions, tempts a sophisticated crowd with chocolate Martinis and creative snacks.



Address

60, Via della Scrofa, Rome 00186

Telephone

+39 06 6861416

Transport

Spagna Metro station

Website

Café Friends Website

4

Il Goccetto

Italian vintages to sample

Wine-lovers taste a wide selection of Italian vintages by the glass at Il Goccetto. This small enoteca, near Campo de' Fiori, has a dark wooden interior and a cellar containing Chianti, Brunello, Barolo and many lesser-known wines.



Address

14, Via dei Banchi Vecchi, Rome 00186

Telephone

+39 06 686 4268

Transport

Electric bus 116/116T to Campo de'Fiori

Freni e Frizioni, Rome. Courtesy of Freni e Frizioni
5

Freni e Frizioni

Garage turned trendy bar

Freni e Frizioni means 'brakes and clutches'. This former garage on the riverside in Trastevere has become a vibrant bar. The eclectic interior, with chandeliers and contemporary prints, attracts a young crowd, who tuck into mojitos and abundant aperitivo snacks.



Address

4-6, Via del Politeama, Rome 00153

Telephone

+39 06 45497499

Transport

Bus 630 to Piazza GG Belli

Website

Freni e Frizioni Website

6

Caruso Café de Oriente

Latin dance club

Experienced salsa lovers and novices dance till they drop at Caruso Café de Oriente, in Testaccio. This sultry club hosts live acts almost nightly, often with Cuban and Latin American musicians, followed by DJs.



Address

36, Via Monte Testaccio, Rome 00153

Telephone

+39 06 574 5019

Transport

Piramide Metro station

Website

Caruso Café de Oriente Website

Micca Club, Rome. Photo by Vincenzo Micarelli
7

Micca Club

Club in a cellar

Once a huge wine cellar, Micca Club is an unusual addition to central Rome's nightlife. There's a programme of DJs, radio transmissions, visual arts, and even a Sunday market. Music is jazz, funk and soul, and the crowd is arty.



Address

7a, Via Pietro Micca, Porta Maggiore, Rome 00185

Telephone

+39 06 87 4400 79

Transport

Manzoni Metro station

Website

Micca Club Website

Piper Club, Rome. Courtesy of Piper Club
8

Piper Club

Evergreen club

Going strong since 1965, Rome's famous Piper Club regularly invites guest DJs from the top ranks of the Italian, European and US music industries. Depending on the weekly programme, this Porta Pia club plays underground, house, dance and jungle music.



Address

9, Via Tagliamento, Rome 00198

Telephone

+39 06 8555 398

Transport

Bus n.86 to Buenos Aires

Website

Piper Club Website

Gilda Bar, Rome. Courtesy of Gilda Bar
9

Gilda Bar

Piano bar for celebrities

Famed in Rome, Gilda Bar, near the Spanish Steps, is a glitzy cross between a club and piano bar. House and hip-hop music are the norm. A good place to spot visiting celebrities, in summer, Gilda moves to the beach.



Address

97, Via Mario de' Fiori, Rome 00187

Telephone

+39 06 678 4838

Transport

Spagna Metro station

Website

Gilda Bar Website

10

Goa

Trendy techno-disco

Steel decor with bright colours and techno sounds combine to give a sharp industrial feel to Goa, a popular club in the Ostiense area. DJs spin jungle, hip-hop and electronic for a trendy crowd from Thursday to Saturday.



Address

13, Via Giuseppe Libetta, Rome 00154

Telephone

+39 06 574 8277

Transport

Garbatella Metro station

Alexanderplatz, Rome. Courtesy of Alexanderplatz
11

Alexanderplatz

Charming jazz club

Alexanderplatz, out in the Prati district, claims to be the oldest jazz club in Italy. Musicians from the past 40 years have left messages and autographs on the walls of this dingy, but charming, venue. Book ahead for big names.



Address

9, Via Ostia, Rome 00192

Telephone

+39 06 583 35781

Transport

Ottaviano Metro station

Website

Alexanderplatz Website

12

Teatro Palladium

Experimental performances

The Teatro Palladium, close to one of Rome's universities in the Testaccio district, is a beautifully-restored early 20th-century theatre. Lively experimental productions take place here, including mime and a cinematic shorts festival.



Address

8, Piazza Bartolomeo Romano, Rome 00154

Telephone

+39 06 5733 2768

Transport

Garbatella Metro station

Website

Teatro Palladium Website

Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome. Courtesy of Fondazione Musica per Roma
13

Auditorium Parco della Musica

Cultural hub in Flaminio

With three concert halls and an open air arena, the huge new Auditorium Parco della Musica is a cultural hub. Situated out in the Flaminio district, performances range from the Tokyo String Quartet, to The Who musical Tommy.



Address

30, Viale Pietro de Coubertin, Rome 00196

Telephone

+39 06 802 41281

Transport

Flaminio Metro then tram 2

Website

Auditorium Parco della Musica Website

Teatro dell'Opera, Rome. Photo by Corrado Maria Falsini, courtesy of Opera Roma
14

Teatro dell'Opera

Rome's grand opera venue

The Teatro dell'Opera, near Termini Station in central Rome, is Rome's principal opera house. The unprepossessing facade hides a lavish 19th-century interior, with lashings of red velvet and gold. Maria Callas once performed here. Ballets are also on the programme.



Address

7, Piazza Beniamino Gigli, Rome 00184

Telephone

+39 06 481 60 255

Transport

Repubblica Metro station

Website

Teatro dell'Opera Website

15

Teatro Olimpico

Modern concert hall

The Teatro Olimpico is a modern concert venue, in the Flaminio district. It's the home of the Accademia Filarmonica Romana, who play classical and chamber music. The Teatro also hosts touring Broadway musicals, like Stomp.



Address

17, Piazza Gentile de Fabriano, Rome 00196

Telephone

+ 39 06 326 5991

Transport

Flaminio Metro station, then tram 2

Website

Teatro Olimpico Website

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