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The aperitivo used to be a simple drink consumed before dinner, accompanied by some nuts or olives. While this is often still the case, in the trendiest neighbourhoods of Rome the aperitivo is now the pride of many restaurants and bars that serve the best wines with gastronomic snacks. You often end up eating so much that you can just skip dinner!
The aperitivo is the Italian version of the cocktail hour and generally takes place between 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Italians rarely eat before 9:00 pm). These are the ideal hours to spend chatting with family, friends or colleagues. Although the aperitivo is a popular tradition throughout Italy, the Romans really know how to make it an event. Here are some bars which will definitely not disappoint you.
Oppio Caffè, Via delle Terme di Tito 72, Rome
Doppio Zero, Via Ostiense 68, Rome
Go with the flow is the motto of Fluid Bar. This colourful cocktail bar on the fashionable Via del Governo Vecchio is especially popular among young people. Curious passers-by are enticed in by screens with bubbling liquid. This concept is elaborated even further inside: under the glass floor is a lava-like fluid that moves with every footstep, and the tables are filled with the same liquid. The buffet is quite filling and the cocktail menu long and extravagant.
Fluid Bar, Via del Governo Vecchio 46, Rome