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Osteria delle Copelle

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.

Jerry Thomas Project

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 the coolest Brooklyn drinking dens. Perfect for a secret meet up with an Italian love interest…

Salotto 42

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.

Caffe Peru

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.

Le Jardin de Russie

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.

Cohouse Pigneto

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.

La Taverna

If you’re after for a local night out, this should be your spot of choice. Housed in the Palazzo Taverna, this cosy and buzzing dive will make you forget you’re a tourist in no time.

  • Via Dei Gabrielli 92
    00186

Music Inn

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.

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