The Romans don’t pour down city centre streets in brigades belting out songs after one too many. They are far more stylish than that. Instead they like to sit on places like the Spanish Steps, or sit outside bars watching the world go by rather than inside getting legless.
There are no licensing laws in Rome so you don’t have to worry about being kicked out of a pub or club just as you are beginning to enjoy yourself. The only thing you do need to bear in mind is that this is a pretty classy city. If there is anything in your backpack that isn’t totally creased and crumpled, wear it. And, while it might not be completely necessary to dress up for smaller venues, you will not get into the bigger clubs in any old thing. It does require a little effort but when you see the lengths the locals go to, you’ll be glad you did so.
While you will find a healthy nightlife throughout the city and its suburbs, the best inner city locations are around Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona and Via della Pace. For nightclubs and live music venues your best bet is the Testaccio district which also plays host to countless free concerts during the summer months.
Check out Romac’é or Time Out Roma which both come out on Thursdays to see what’s going on in the city.
6,Via del Collegio Romano, Rome, Italy
'The Trinity' has been popular with Romans and travellers alike for years and is one of the city's biggest and best bars. With three floors, you can always find somewhere to enjoy a few drinks along with the music played by the DJ who is there nightly. Not to be missed during the summer when the bar expands on to a patio.
Open daily from 12 noon-2.30/3am.
Via della Fossa 16, Piazza Navona, Rome, Italy
This bar doesn't conform to other bars’ ethic of ‘image is everything’ as nobody cares what you are wearing or what you look like. Instead Jonathans Angles is an eccentric bar with décor that you will not see anywhere else. You won't know what to expect when you walk in, and you may not even know whether you want to stay or not. But here's a word of advice - do.
Open Mon-Sat 8pm-2am, Sun 1pm-2am.
, Rome, Italy
Rome isn't a city known for its hectic club scene, but naturally there are some clubs giving you the option of letting your hair down. If you do want to party into the early hours this area in the south-west part of the city is where to go, around the Piramide metro stop in particular.
Via de'Nari 14, Rome, Italy
Sister to the infamous Supperclub in Amsterdam, finding this haunt is particularly challenging as it doesn't have a sign or it doesn't have any bouncers. But if you do locate it you'll be rewarded with a beer in one of Rome's hippest hotspots.
, Rome, Italy
This large pedestrianised square to the west of the city centre is one of Rome's most active when darkness falls. Different bars board each side of it and this is a good place to go on a pub crawl. Of all its bars, The Drunken Ship, Sloppy Sams and Taverna del Campo are the most popular.