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8 Of The Best Bars in Rome (Chosen By Locals!)

Best Bars in Rome by The RomeHello Staff

While we have our own awesome hostel bar (The Barrel!), we also like sipping a cocktail or two after a long day of sightseeing. Luckily, many of the best bars in Rome also serve aperitivo, which is the combination of a cocktail (usually a Spritz!) and nibbles to satisfy your hunger before dinner. It’s an Italian tradition that is not to be missed!

So, if you’re heading to Rome soon, or you know someone else who is, make sure to bookmark this page! You’ll thank us later!

P.s. Aperitivo at our Barrel Bar costs just €6 and runs from 18:30pm every day! Click here to see more of the bar, and book your stay with us today to experience it for yourself.

Best Bars in Rome
(Chosen By Locals)

Best Bars in Rome by The RomeHello Staff - Black Market Monti

Black Market Monti

Suggested by Cosmin

Possibly one of the cosiest bars on this list, Black Market Monti combines an underground atmosphere with comfortable lounge chairs, vintage wallpaper, and art exhibitions. Their Sunday aperitivo (from 18:30 to 21:00) offers a wealth of locally sourced snacks, and their events regularly feature unplugged artist sessions which are the perfect accompaniment to their cocktails.

Address: Via Panisperna, 101, 00184
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 19:30 – 02:00.
Click here to find Black Market Monti on Google Maps.

Charity Café

Suggested by Cosmin

The Charity Café opened in 2000 and has been entertaining the Monti neighbourhood ever since with its live jazz and blues nights. They serve aperitivo every evening between 18.30 to 21.00, accompanying it with live music on a Sunday. The rest of the week hosts an eclectic mix of acoustic performers and jam sessions, mixed in with performances from some of the most prominent artists in Rome.

Address: Via Panisperna, 68, 00184
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 18:30 – 02:00.
Click here to find the Charity Café on Google Maps.

Best Bars in Rome by The RomeHello Staff - Freni & Frizioni

Freni & Frizioni

Suggested by Matteo

Freni & Frizioni is a cocktail bar in the Trastevere neighbourhood of Rome that always seems to be bursting with locals trying out new tastes from their eclectic menu, or enjoying the abundant aperitivo that they serve daily from 19:00 to 22:00. Their cocktails are all named after iconic movies and TV shows, including the Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels rum cocktail, or the Mad Men whiskey cocktail. Take your choice outside and watch the sun go down over the river Tiber as you start your evening in one of the best bars in Rome!

Address: Via del Politeama, 4/6, 00153
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 18:30 – 02:00.
Click here to find Freni & Frizioni on Google Maps.

Shamrock Irish Pub

Suggested by Matteo

Named in Wainted in Rome’s list of top ten Irish pubs in Rome, the Shamrock is the place to go for beer on tap and live sports! Located in Monti, not far from the Colosseum or The RomeHello, the bar ceiling is draped with football scarves from teams around the world that have been donated by fans of the Shamrock! Head here for one of their 12 tap beers and free WiFi!

Address: Via del Colosseo, 1, 00184
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:00 – 02:00.
Click here to find Shamrock on Google Maps.

Best Bars in Rome by The RomeHello Staff - Marco Martini Cocktail Bar

Marco Martini Cocktail Bar

Suggested by Matteo… it’s his brother’s bar!

We’re slightly biased here, because Marco Martini is the brother of our friendly Roman receptionist, Matteo! But once you’ve spent an evening in the bar’s fragrant lounge garden, you’ll see that this cocktail bar has earned it’s place on this list. Cocktails are priced from €12, but how many times will you get the chance to drink in a bar owned by a chef who has been awarded three Michelin Stars?

Address: Viale Aventino, 121, 00153
Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 12:30 – 14:30, 19:30 – 22:00; Saturday: 19:30 – 22:00.
Click here to find the Marco Martini Cocktail Bar on Google Maps.

Ai Tre Scalini

Suggested by Francesco

Ai Tre Scalini has been serving wine to Roman locals and visitors since 1895! It’s hugely popular with residents of the Monti neighbourhood where it’s located, and the perfect place to sip locally-sourced Italian wine accompanied with cold cuts of prosciutto and buffalo mozzarella. There is a warm atmosphere inside, but on a summer day you’ll see people spilling outside sipping glasses of wine and chatting with friends.

Address: Via Panisperna, 251, 00184
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12:30 – 01:00.
Click here to find Ai Tre Scalini on Google Maps.

Best Bars in Rome by The RomeHello Staff - Lime Bar Rome

Lime Bar

Suggested by Maroua

The Lime Bar isn’t just one of the best bars in Rome, according to our staff manager Maroua. It’s also a taste experience! Their philosophy is to help customers “live the experience of a trip around the world by delighting in the traditional food culture of exotic countries and old traditions in a real multi-ethnic mix.” This is a philosophy they also extend to their exquisite cocktails, served up by some of the friendliest bartenders in the area!

Address: Via Ancona, 33-35, 00198
Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 12:30 – 14:30, 18:30 – 0:00; Saturday: 18:30 – 01:00.
Click here to find the Lime Bar on Google Maps.

The Barrel

Suggested by… all the staff!

We couldn’t write a list of the best bars in Rome without including our very own hostel bar… The Barrel! Open to locals as well as our guests, The Barrel is a brand new bar located just minutes from the main train station and just a 20 minute walk from some of the best sights in Rome! Stop by in the evenings to grab a beer with some of our awesome staff, or get to know the locals during our evening aperitivo.

Address: Via Torino, 45, 00184
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 17:00 – 01:00.
Click here to find the Lime Bar on Google Maps.


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