As Cliché as it sounds, When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
It’s easy to get caught up in the foreign bars and the tourist traps (although they are pretty fun). Once you know where to party with the locals, then the nightlife scene can be pretty awesome.
Similar to Barcelona and Stockholm, the nightlife in Rome starts very late. People eat dinner late, take their sweet time to get ready, and then head out for a night on the town. I would say that the peak hours for clubs and bars are from 1-3AM. So just be patient!
To be honest, I didn’t find Romans to be big drinkers. They were more of the “casual type” to sip on a few glasses of wine and/or beer and hang out at the pubs. But that’s ok, because the scene is still lively and fun! The people just aren’t as hammered (which isn’t a bad thing necessarily).
Rome has plenty of pubs, bars and clubs scattered in different areas around the city. Every place I went was tons of fun. However, I found it very difficult to make local Italian friends, because they don’t really have any interest in talking with foreigners. That being said, I did make plenty of foreigner friends- both American and European! Everyone in Rome has a smile on their face and is just looking to have a fun night on the town.
Given that Rome’s weather is almost always warm and mild, a lot of the nightlife occurs outdoors! Many of the main squares turn into giant outdoor bars, with massive amounts of people and and lively spirit in the air. I recommend you to grab a glass of wine (or a beer), meander down the cobblestone roads and pop into some bars/cafes. I think you’ll be very entertained with the scene 😀
My favorite area to go out was in San Lorenzo, which is where the main university is located. Not surprisingly, this area attracts a younger crowd and the prices are much cheaper than other areas around Rome. San Lorenzo is packed with pubs and bars, and the atmosphere is informal. It’s a great and energetic place to hang out and get drunk (for cheaper) before heading to the clubs!
Don’t forget to learn the Top 10 Italian Words so you can hit (try) to make some local friends!
Here is my list of the best clubs in Rome!
Disclaimer: The following list of clubs was put together mostly from my own personal experiences, but also with the addition of my friends recommendations. Things may have changed over the years, so I am trying my best to keep this list updated. If I missed something, please comment so I can add it to the list! Enjoy
#1. Club Brancaleone
Brancaleone has been one of Rome’s best underground clubs since 1990.
This clubs focuses on their music scene, and hosts big-name DJ’s on the weekends. Expect to see a good mix of locals and international youngsters on the dance floor, grooving out to their favorite electronic music hits. Brancaleone will sometimes host reggae night or hip-hop night, so make sure to check their website for more information!
This club is also a cultural center, hosting a variety of cinema, theatre, visual arts, and performance-art events during the week. The unique and local feel of Brancaleone makes it an unforgettable place to party in Rome!
Via Levanna, 13 00141 Montesacro Province of Rome, Italy
Northeast of the city center
#2. Club Saponeria
Saponeria is one of the liveliest clubs in Rome!
The interior is a curvy space with a huge bar in the center. The capacity of this giant club is 800+, and sometimes this place reaches capacity on big weekend nights. Friday night is hip-hop ad R&B, Saturdays are electro/techno/house. Saponeria attracts some of the best DJ’s in town and around Europe. It’s not the cheapest club, so make sure to get nice and drunk before you go. This venue is a fun place to meet other young partiers around Rome!
Via degli Argonauti, 20 00154 Rome, Province of Rome, Italy
#3. Club Akab
Akab is one of the most popular and oldest clubs in the Testaccio nightlife district.
At this club, you will hear all different types of music ranging from electronic, funk, soul to reggae and 90s old school jams. Most nights there will be a guest DJ playing the hottest electronic hits (this picture is of Steve Aoki). This club attracts a young and sexy crowd ready to dance the night away. The interior has a very long bar and a dance floor that is always packed. The two grotto spaces downstairs combined with the main room can hold over 1000 people at once! Akab is the place to go mingle and dance with a flirtatious and fun crowd!
Via di Monte Testaccio, 69 00153 Roma, Italy
Have you partied in Rome before? Please comment and let me know your experiences!
Enjoy Rome and have a beer for me