Where to Drink + Dance in Rome, Italy

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Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè

Rome, Italy

This is one of Rome’s institutions. At walking distance from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, this ancient coffee shop is renowned for having the best coffee in town. Order a macchiato from the bar, add a little cornetto al cioccolato if you are feeling naughty and feel the Roman vibe.

Address

Piazza di San Eustachio, 82 00186

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Osteria delle Copelle

Rome, Italy

Piazza delle Coppelle is one of the most animated piazzas in the centre of Rome, packed every night with the after-work drinking crowd. Pull up a pew and order some aperitivo (a selection of miniature pizza slices and bruschetta) and a glass of spritz and you will soon feel like a true local. The restaurant is also very good, but the cherry on the cake is the naughtily named secret bar, ‘Le Derrière’, which you can access through a cupboard or the concealed door in the adjacent street.

Address

Piazza delle Coppelle 55-57 00186

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Jerry Thomas Project

Rome, Italy

Jerry Thomas is the ultimate speakeasy. The snug atmosphere, red velvet furnishings, bearded bartenders and amazing cocktails mean Jerry Thomas has nothing to envy, even at the coolest Brooklyn drinking dens.

Address

Vicolo Cellini, 30 00186

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Salotto 42

Rome, Italy

A few steps from the Pantheon, nestled on the beautiful Piazza di Pietra just across from Hadrian’s temple and its famous columns, Salotto 42 is the place for a proper Roman after-dinner rendez-vous. Their moscow mule, served in an actual mule, will rock your world. When in Rome, do as the Romans do… It would be rude not to.

Address

Piazza di Pietra 42 00186

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Cohouse Pigneto

Rome, Italy

Located in Pigneto (the city’s first suburb ring), Cohouse was once a cook’s house where Italian railway workers would go for lunch. Now, they’re now on a mission to make high-level gourmet cuisine informal, through a ‘social dinners’ initiative. Each week, the restaurant invites a Michelin-starred chef to cook for the night; as dinner goes on, the living room slowly fills up with local city dwellers who come for cocktails and the live band (the food goes without saying). International DJs ensure you stay and dance until dawn.

Address

Via Casilina Vecchia, 96 00182

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La Taverna

Rome, Italy

If you’re after for a local night out, this should be your spot of choice.

Address

Via Dei Gabrielli 92 00186

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Music Inn

Rome, Italy

If you are looking to shake things up in the heart of Rome, the place to do so is the Music-Inn. The ground floor is a bar and sometimes jazz club which flows outside onto the piazza, while the subterranean nightclub pumps out house, dance and techno beats.

Address

Largo dei Fiorentini 3 00186

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Caffe Peru

Rome, Italy

More than just a café, this is a Roman classic in its own right. Serving up great spritzes and negronis, this charmingly retro and unpretentious hangout is still the place to come, pull up a seat at one of its chequered tables and nonchalantly watch the world go by.

Address

Via di Monserrato, 46

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Le Jardin de Russie

Rome, Italy

This iconic hotel is the kind of place you have to go once in your life just to imbibe the languid peace of the hotel’s heavenly gardens and grottoes. Raise a glass at sunset with the signature Stravinskij spritz before enjoying a plate of the gratifying cacio e pepe ravioli.

Address

Hotel de Russie, Via Del Babuino, 9

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JK Place Roma

Considering that this was once Rome’s school of architecture, it goes without saying that JK is an impressive spot to while away a few hours. Littered with antique furniture and marble sculptures, slip down through the restaurant to the hotel bar, insulated by round brass tables. ID the faces featured along the frame-clad wall of 1950s photography while you nurse a red martini garnished with orange peel – just make sure you don’t spill your drink when the playlist unexpectedly shifts from Ella Fitzgerald to Stormzy.

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Portofluviale

This former warehouse is something of a rubix cube. There’s the trattoria, which offers traditional regional dishes; the pizzeria, kitted with two ovens to cater to both “Roman-style” (thin-crust) and “Naples-style” (thick-crust) pizza; the bar, for a quick lunch or a long aperitivo; and the lounge for an all-hours rendezvous. While you’re working out which way is up (and not because the menu is in Italian) we’ve made tracks or the bar and ordered ourselves another of the same.