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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Rome Nightlife

Bar della Pace

A hundred years old, this spot behind the Piazza Navona is still the place to see and be seen. Join locals for a glass of prosecco and nibbles of crostini and local cheese.

Via della Pace 5, 011-39-06-686-1216,
Tags: nightlife | bar menu | champagne

Caffé Caruso

This Caribbean-music-infused dive is located in Testaccio, a mountain made of an ancient Roman garbage heap that’s become a hip area of town, especially at night.

Via Monte Testaccio, 36, 011-39-06-574-5019
Tags: nightlife | trendy | dancing

Campo de Fiori

The spot for drunken frat boys and their fans to party it up in Rome, this piazza is packed with bars that spill over into each other. Take your pick; they’re interchangeable. The Drunken Ship is an old favorite of American tourists.

The Drunken Ship, 011-39-06-6830-0535,
Tags: nightlife | bar | nightclub

Circolo degli Artisti

A dance haven for alternative types, with an outdoor bar and garden for those who like their scene smoky.

Via Casalina Vecchia, 42, 011-39-06-7030-5684,
Tags: nightlife | patio | dancing | nightclub | dj

Enoteca Ferrara

This sleek wine bar and restaurant has a full menu, but insiders just sidle up to the marble bar for a glass of one of the 28 varieties of wine and the savory dishes including stuffed anchovies.

Piazza Trilussa 41, 011-39-06-580-3769,
Tags: nightlife | notable wine list | bar menu

Freni e Frizioni

The city's young and beautiful flock here as much for the tasty, free buffet (pasta, salad, and just-made focaccia) as for the happening scene.

Via del Politeama 4-6, 011-39-06-583-3420,
Tags: nightlife | great value | trendy

Il Tiaso

More old-school places-like wine bar Il Tiaso-keep up the bohemian atmosphere in Pigneto, a gritty former working-class neighborhood near Termini, Rome's main train station.

Via Ascoli Piceno 20, 011-39-06-4547-4625,
Tags: nightlife | great value | local favorite | wine bar


Mega dance club with three floors on the outskirts of the city; Friday nights are gay.

Via di Portonaccio, 212, 011-39-06-438-5445, (Italian only)
Tags: nightlife | open late | gay | nightclub | dj


This underground “centro sociale” has a range of art exhibits, DJ nights, and performances. It’s a bit hidden, off an alley in the Jewish Ghetto, but it’s arguably the hippest spot in Rome.

Via Sant’ Ambrogio, 4, 011-39-06-6813-3640
Tags: nightlife | editor pick | dancing | dj | electronica

Salotto 42

Set on a lovely piazza facing a Roman temple, this café, owned by a Scandinavian model, is where the city's most stylish crowd mingles over Cosmos and Swedish snacks.

Piazza di Pietra 42, 011-39-06-678-5804,
Tags: nightlife | trendy


In addition to an excellent wine list, this hip wine bar also proffers delicious small plates of oysters, mortadella, and fritto misto.

Via Luigi Settembrini 25, 011-39-06-323-2617,
Tags: nightlife | notable wine list | bar menu

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