If you’re looking for the best cocktail bars in Rome, you’ve come to the right place.

This list of the best cocktail bars in Rome has been compiled from years of exploring Rome’s bar scene, updated for 2023 with prices and new openings. Including a mix of new and old Rome cocktail bars, I’m proud to say that there’s something for everyone on this list. I haven’t included all of the city’s speakeasies, however, which deserve a separate entry.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m passionate about a well-mixed cocktail,  one of my favourite after-dark pursuits in Rome. But while great drinks are important, what really makes a cocktail bar one of the best is the attitude of the staff and the atmosphere, both of which can’t be cheated. This list of the best cocktail bars in Rome accordingly prioritises those which serve a side of warmth and good manners alongside some fantastic drinks.

There’s a reason why some of the world’s best baristas hail from Italy: they just seem to have the knack for combining flair and charm with a typically-Italian obsession with using the best quality ingredients.

The cocktail bar scene in Rome has come on a long way in the past decade, embracing the global mixology vogue but adding a particularly Italian pizzazz to the mix.

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The last few years in particular have seen a true cocktail culture emerge, populated by some of the best barmen and mixology specialists in Europe. These range from young emerging Italian talents, to experienced cocktail experts who have worked round the globe before heading back to Italy to share their hard-earned secrets, in brand new concept cocktail bars, as well as established hotel bars.

This list of the best cocktail bars in Rome is clearly not exhaustive, and you might have had other great nights out elsewhere, so I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments! Details follow in the individual entries, and if you’re looking for the best rooftop bars for the summer season, don’t forget to check out this guide as well.

1. Freni & Frizioni

Freni & Frizioni is a cult dive bar in Trastevere, Rome, in a heaving piazza near the riverside. Glancing at the young crowd lined up along the wall, it would be easy to mistake Freni e Frizioni for a high volume, low quality pub. But this is a true diamond in the rough, a cocktail bar listed amongst the world’s best bars, which also remains accessible and fun.

In the last five years, owner Riccardo Rossi has transformed Freni & Frizioni from everyone’s favourite local to a bar which can really call itself the cream of the crop in Rome. The imaginative house cocktail menus change regularly, taking inspiration from global trends in mixology, while always remaining true to their Roman roots.

Freni e Frizioni does all the classics well – from negroni to americano, through a fluffy pisco sour – but don’t miss out on something exotic from the menu of the day. Booking essential on weekends. The name means “brakes and clutches” and derives from the fact that this used to be an old car mechanic’s workshop. The skilled staff are still hard at work today, engineering some of Rome’s best cocktails!

Meanwhile, if you’re in the Vatican neighbourhood, check out Freni & Frizioni’s Draft, a bar serving pre-batch cocktails on draft alongside pizzas.

Where: Via del Politeama 4, Rome | Tel 06 4549 7499

2. Culto Trastevere

Fashioned from a former religious ornaments store, Culto Trastevere is situated in an unusually spacious set of rooms for Trastevere, tucked out of the way of the noisy main drag. Culto, a cocktail bar and restaurant, runs with the esoteric vibe of its roots in wall art, trinkets, and even the names of the cocktails. Each season, as the house cocktail menu changes, the team of expert barmen at Culto Rome choose another mythology for its cocktail roll call: for example, at the moment, the cocktails are named after Norse gods, including Loki and Thor.

This bar is something special due to its highly developed restaurant menu, which impresses on multiple levels. Fusion in spirit, we loved the gyoza with Caesar salad dressing, as well as the cured duck slices, and guineafowl in hazelnut sauce. There’s a fun revisitation of tiramisu on the current menu which is wonderful paired with a rum or mezcal cocktail.

Overall, Culto Trastevere feels like an authentic treat in the often-racous Trastevere, and is definitely a spot for those in the know – and now you know!

Where: Vicolo Del Quartiere, 7A | Rome | Tel 06 8922 2565

3. Nodo – Piazza delle Coppelle

Nodo is a relatively new cocktail bar in Rome, which has quickly gained a reputation for refined cocktails and excellent small plates of food. Nodo is situated in Piazza delle Coppelle, a popular spot with locals in Rome which is also flooded by tourists in high season.

Despite its high traffic location, Nodo is a special place which has managed to stay exclusive but friendly- that winning combination. Nodo has a few tables in the piazza for the warm months, and cosy indoor seating when it’s cold.

While you should probably come for the cocktails – with an expert team happy to accept the challenge of remixing your old favourites – I would invite you to stay for the food. Nodo has an excellent kitchen, serving tapas-style plates with a fusion touch. From Italian classics such as roast veal with tuna sauce, to Asian-style dumplings and pastrami sandwiches, this is a great place to graze as you drink. Nodo is open from around 5pm until the small hours, so it’s perfect from the aperitivo hour onwards. On the way to becoming one of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

Where: Piazza delle Coppelle, 52 | Rome | Tel 06 9437 6334

4. Divinity Terrace at the Pantheon iconic hotel

A strong contender for one of the best rooftop bars in Rome is the Divinity Terrace, probably the most romantic rooftop bar in Rome, with enviable views over The Pantheon. Situated on top of the Marriott Autograph Collection The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel in via di S. Chiara, this terrace has lots of cosy corners for spending a special moment with a loved-one, while enjoying some of the most breathtaking sunset views in all of the city.

The terrace overlooks the spiral bell-tower of St Ivo church on one side, and the gently stepped dome of the Pantheon on the other, giving it some of the best rooftop bar views in all of Rome. The bar’s cocktails game is strong, with the house menu rotating frequently, and the expert bar team also able to mix whatever you’re in the mood for. Definitely a candidate for one of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

Classic cocktails start at around €20, but come with quality nibbles. Occasional cocktail and tapas nights, featuring food from Michelin-starred chef Francesco Apreda, are great value at four mini cocktails for €60 including paired tapas plates.

Don’t forget to book ahead if you want to guarantee a seat at sunset on the lovely outdoor terrace!

Where: Divinity Terrace | The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel | Via di S. Chiara 4/A | Rome| Tel+39 0687807070

5. Terrazza Les Etoiles Rome

Terrazza Les Etoiles Rome is a cocktail bar and fine-dining restaurant near the Vatican in Rome offering peerless rooftop views of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Located in a sleepy side street close to Castel Sant Angelo and Piazza Cavour, Les Etoiles is the rooftop restaurant and bar of the Atlante Star Hotel in Rome, a luxury hotel with 70 rooms and suites.

Don’t be fooled by its neutral exteriors – Les Etoiles has the best rooftop with Vatican views in the whole of Rome. As one of the highest buildings this side of Saint Peter’s, you almost feel like you’re getting an exclusive audience with the Pope!

Thanks to its strategic position, Terrazza Les Etoiles offers plenty of charms during the aperitivo hour when golden light slants across the rooftop terrace. You’ll be getting ready for a Vatican selfie from this peerless spot, on the building’s highest rooftop terrace. Cocktails start at around €20 and reservations for the sunset hour are essential.

Once the aperitivo hour is done at Les Etoiles, head to the lower terrace for fine dining. Think fish-focused gourmet food, with Saint Peter’s Basilica perched on the horizon like a jewellery box. As the sun goes down and the lights come up on Vatican City, this is an unforgettable experience!

Read my full review of Terrazza Les Etoiles here.

Where: Terrazza Les Etoiles | Via dei Bastioni, 1 | Rome | Tel 0039 06 686386

6. Best cocktail bars in Rome: The Court

The Court, one of the most breathtaking garden bars in the city, thanks to its exclusive location right in front of the Colosseum. This is a ground-floor bar on a raised, private platform with enviable views of Rome’s most famous monument, and an exclusive vibe thanks to its presence in one of Rome’s swankiest hotels, Hotel Palazzo Manfredi.

If you want to enjoy those Colosseum views without spending all of your holiday on dinner, a cocktail in The Court could be the answer you’re looking for. It’s definitely a candidate for one of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

However, prices are still high in this luxury garden bar. Open from the first pink streaks of dusk until the small hours, the cocktail list has been created by Matteo Zed and prices start at €25 for his creations here. Try The Court Margarita, an elegant and less alcoholic riff on the classic Margarita, which combines mescal, tequila, hibiscus flower cordial with a glass rim studded with Mexican salt, sweet paprika and ground lime.

If you’re looking for (alcoholic) value for money, The Court’s Manhattan is a strong and smouldering cocktail, fairly heavy on the rye whiskey and vermouth with a succulent maraschino cherry in its dark depths.

Despite being one of the most expensive garden bars in Rome, booking ahead for a table is essential as this bar has a very limited amount of seating. If you’re just looking to stand with a cocktail in hand to get THAT Colosseum selfie, you may be able to enter without a reservation, but numbers will be limited at peak times of the evening, especially through the weekends.

Where: The Court | Palazzo Manfredi | Via Labicana 125 | Tel +39 0677591380

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7. Emeralds

Emeralds, a cocktail bar in Prati, is one of the younger bars on my list of the best cocktail bars in Rome, but it’s quickly become one of my favourites. The bar is small, dark and green, with notes of lush vegetation and the trinkets of a mad, well-travelled collector. Bag a seat on its plush, wrap-around bench, or settle for standing-room-only at weekends.

The competent bar staff at Emeralds are great at recommending a drink for you to try, whether you like fruity, sour, bitter or sweet. So don’t be afraid to offer a vague direction and let them come up with the goods! Reservations recommended.

Where: Via Crescenzio 91 C | Rome | Italy | Tel +39 06 8865 4275

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8. Terrazza Borromini

Terrazza Borromini, the Roman rooftop bar with the best views in the city, hands down, has a lot to offer even before you order a drink. From the incredible bird’s-eye views over Piazza Navona, to the romantic rooftops of old Rome, and the sun dipping over the dome of Saint Peter’s – you have to forgive the punters crowding at the rooftop edge angling for a fabulous picture or two on summer nights.

The terrace belongs to the handsome four-star hotel in the palazzo below, Eitch Borromni, which also boasts another delicious roof terrace and restaurant on the fourth floor, from whose alabaster pillars you can peer year round down onto the fountain of the four rivers in Piazza Navona.

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But for cocktails, and THOSE views, I highly recommend heading directly to the top floor where Terrazza Borromini offers great mixed drinks in delicious surroundings making it easily one of the best cocktail bars in Rome. Bear in mind, Terrazza Borromini is only open from May until the end of September, so is really a pop-up bar for the summer season. Despite this, it is definitely one of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

The prices fit the location and the fact that this is a high-end hotel bar, so expect to pay €25 upwards for a mixed drink. It can make sense to buy a bottle of wine for the table if you are a group of three or four. Aperitif drinks like the classic Aperol or Campari Spritz count as a cocktail here in terms of prices, but are gloriously dressed with fruit, making them perfect for that sundown, Instagram shot.

Where: Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30 | Rome | Italy | Tel +39 06 6821 5459

9. Best cocktail bar in Rome: Drink Kong

The brainchild of Patrick Pistolesi, one of the city’s leading mixology experts, Drink Kong is located in the trendy Monti district, within easy reach of Rome’s Termini station. A leading bar in the World’s Best Bar series, Drink Kong can potentially claim to be the best cocktail bar in Rome.

With interiors inspired by Blade Runner, excellent cocktails, and a stunning Japanese dining experience, it’s the place for after-dark drinks, Asian fusion food, and occasional live music sets.

Drink Kong’s neon charms make it one of the best looking bars in the city, but there’s substance here too, from the signature White Negroni to steamed bao buns, pastrami sandwiches and exceptional tacos.

Rome’s cocktail scene has seriously evolved in the last five years, and Pistolesi is well-known across the city as a top bar consultant and occasional creative director of diverse projects. In fact, this is one of the few bars in the city where you can also participate in a cocktail masterclass run by Pistolesi, in a private room which can be booked for up to ten people. Read my full review of Drink Kong here for more details.

Where: Piazza San Martino ai Monti 8 | Rome | Italy | Tel 0039 06 2348 8666

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10. Santo Trastevere

I like everything about Santo Trastevere. It’s both achingly cool  – with exposed brickwork, black tilework imported from New York and a greenhouse vibe from hanging plants and glass walls – and yet enormously friendly and laid back, making it a worthy entry on this list of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

Open most evenings, look out for occasional live DJ sets, while the seriously expert bar staff execute perfect cocktails behind the bar.

The entire staff has been selected by passionate owner Daniele Fadda because of their enthusiasm and knowledge for all things mixology. Feel free to ask for a cocktail recommendation, or order an old favourite, safe in the knowledge that you are in great hands.

Where: Via della Paglia 40 | Rome | Italy | Tel+39 06 5837 7020

11. Rude Centocelle

East of Rome, Centotelle is a neighbourhood which has made huge strides in the past five years, launching some impressive bars and restaurants to the delight of its inhabitants. One of Rome’s more dense suburbs on the edge of town, a new Metro line a few years ago fixed its stellar trajectory. It is now a great alternative challenger as one of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

Today, Rude has become established as the best cocktail bar in Centocelle, matching cool vibe surroundings with a lively young crowd and great cocktails. Sit at the bar or a slow slung table and pair impeccably-mixed drinks with bar bites, while you savour the rich depths of Rome’s bar scene!

Where: Rude Centocelle | Via dei Castani 228 |00171 Rome |Tel 0039 06 5184 7139

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12. Mezzo Vermuteria

We’re staying out of town for my next tip, and it’s off to trendy Pigneto, not far from Centocelle. One of the city’s most happening neighbourhoods, which has been rendered much more accessible in recent years thanks to the addition of a metro line, Pigneto’s cheaper rents has created a safe space for lots of young bar entrepreneurs and restaurant owners to experiment with some original concepts.

Mezzo is that rare thing in Italy, a vermuteria, a bar specialising in vermouth, a Italian heritage drink combining wine with herbs and spices, fortifying the alcohol (and the flavour).

As one of the key ingredients in many traditional cocktails, you can imagine that a bar specialising in vermouth has lots to offer when it comes to great cocktails. Mezzo has the precision of a great cocktail bar, plus an great atmosphere, combined with Pigneto’s off-centre colour and cool.

Where: Mezzo Vermuteria | Via del Pigneto 19 | 00176 Rome

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13. Co.So Cocktails & Social

We’re back in Pigneto for Co.So Cocktails & Social, a brisk ten minute walk from Mezzo, over the other side of the railway tracks. Co.So is definitely one of the coolest bars in Rome, and it’s location in hip Pigneto adds to the vibe.
With the bar now under the management of co-owners Benedetto Guarino and chef Riccardo Bucci – with bartender Giulia Castellucci behind the bar – the food offer is also seriously interesting.

The fabulous menu ranges from club sandwiches – in several different styles, including three fish-inspired versions – to an exquisite aged beef tartare.

Many punters here will still make a beeline for the cocktails, of course. Co.So’s legendary Carbonara Sour is still a crowd pleaser, featuring egg white, black pepper and (pig) fat washed vodka, plus plenty of lemon zing. Look out too for the hot fashioned tequila, combining salted caramel, angostura bitters and peperoncino. This is avante garde cocktail mixing at its best. And if you prefer your cocktails in the small hours, don’t miss Co.So’s sister bar and speakeasy, R.E.M., which is centrally located in Trastevere.

Where: Co.So Cocktail & Social | Via Braccio da Montone 80 | Rome | Italy | Tel 0039 393 658 3230

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14. Blind Pig

On your way back into town from Pigneto, east of San Giovanni, expect to arrive at Piazza Lodi, a well-positioned neighbourhood suspended between Pigneto cool and the convenience of San Giovanni. Steps from the entrance to Metro Lodi, Blind Pig opened its doors a few years ago, to quickly charm the hearts and palates of locals and drinkers from further afar.

Quite simply, this is a bar exuding downtown class and excellence in the cocktail department, in an easy, neighbourhood location. There are a few stand-out savoury cocktails on the drinks list as well as lots of vintage know-how to give the cocktail list an encyclopedic vibe.

The bar has a cosy interior for the colder months of the year, plus around 20 seats on the street outside, making Blind Pig the perfect year-round bar for a fancy tipple.

Where: Blind Pig | Via la Spezia 72 | Roma | 0039 06 8775 0714

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15. Piccadilly

Piccadilly Roma looks like a neighbourhood bar, situated minutes from the roundabout of Re di Roma in the San Giovanni district, but this capital drinking and dining den has ideas well above its station.

It’s a great reminder that whether you’re a tourist in Rome, or even if you live here – please don’t just stick to the historic centre when you go out (or your usual haunts).

Re di Roma – which has its own Metro stop – is an easy stroll from the Basilica of San Giovanni or an equally easy quick hop on the underground.

Add the fact that you often pay a euro or two less to dine once you’re removed from the relics of ancient Rome, and you can really put together a fun night out in the city this way which really reflects how the Romans live.

Piccadilly Roma is a shining example of this. The bar-restaurant opened a few years ago, but after a stunning refurbishment last year is really coming into its own.

Visit Piccadilly from 10 am for coffee and a pastry; don’t miss the fresh lunch menu; but do come in the evenings, when cocktails and dinner take centre stage and the menu is a real delight. Behind the bar, look out for the creations of resident barman Angelo Bonanni, with the collaboration of Giordana Verini.

Where: Piccadilly Roma |Via Appia Nuova, 127 | Rome, Italy | Tel +39 06 9761 4438

16. Valentyne Restaurant and Cocktails

Valentyne Restaurant and Cocktails, the basement cocktail bar and eatery of Hotel Valadier in Rome, is decadent Rome at its best, just a five minute walk from the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo.

The brainchild of owner Daniele Lassalandra, Valentyne Restaurant and Cocktails exudes an after-dark vibe of mystery and delight. It is, if I may say, Hotel Valadier’s Inferno: red-velvet-sexy, with a note of 1930s decadence and a tempting menu to match.

With alluring evenings here are enhanced by international DJ sets, the bar exudes a vintage vibe thanks to the smart barmen in their 1930s-inspired suits. There are shades of Prohibition-era secrecy without the faff of a speakeasy.

Valentyne opens at 6.30 pm, so it’s great for an early evening drink but really comes into its own for dinner and late night cocktails. The food has a gourmet, international feel, but manages to keep things casual with lots of tartares and even a superb club sandwich for those late-night munchies.

While Valentyne effortlessly executes all the classic cocktails you might want, it also has a well executed Tiki cocktail list and lots of rum-based delights. Check out my full review of Valentyne here.

Where: Valentyne Restaurant Rome | Hotel Valadier | Via della Fontanella 15 |+39 06 361 0880 | Open every day 6.30pm – 2.30 am, closed on Mondays

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17. Hi-Res – High Restaurant at Hotel Valadier

Located in the same hotel as Valentyne, Hi-Res is its angelic counterpart, a rooftop restaurant and bar dressed in white on a beautiful outdoor terrace, with sunset-hued views over old Rome.

Hi-Res manages to mix old and new in both its architecture and menu. The restaurant is housed in an extraordinary glass-house on top of this period building, with stunning views of Villa Borghese and Piazza del Popolo.

Its menu is steeped in Italian lore, featuring the freshest fish, pasta, locally sourced meats and more – but the presentation and ingredient combinations are avant-garde.

My recent lunch at Hi-Res started with scampi tartare, combined with fresh mandarin and sichuan pepper for a wow opening. This was followed with a sumptuous dish of lobster pasta, dressed with buffalo mozzarella juices. We accompanied lunch with an excellent pink Franciacorta, and finished up with a house cocktail.

At the sunset hour it is peerless for a pre-dinner cocktail!

Where: Hi-Res | Hotel Valadier | Via della Fontanella 15 |+39 06 361 0880

18. Palmerie Parioli

Palmerie Parioli, in Rome’s Parioli neighbourhood, is that rare beast: a venue which manages to cover all bases with remarkable success.

Palmerie Parioli offers lunch, aperitivo, dinner, cocktails and late night clubbing, while specialising in Asian fusion food

The cavernous space has a club-like feel upstairs, dressed with teal, pink and navy velour, tropical wallpaper and lights like fishbowls. Downstairs, and in its cute mezzanine outdoor courtyards, there’s almost a beachy, Bali vibe in Palmerie Parioli, with lots of cute corners to escape your day.

It’s this ground floor which is ideal for drinks and pausing for an aperitivo, with open sides and an indoor garden vibe. The cocktails are perfectly executed, and the people-watching unrivalled in Parioli.

Where: Palmerie Parioli | Viale dei Parioli 7 | Rome | Italy |Tel 380 741 7379

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19. Il Marchese

Il Marchese, a restaurant and amaro bar in the centre of Rome, is perfectly placed for a drink or a bite to eat after a downtown shopping trip.

Just a few minutes away from Via del Corso and designer brand mecca Via dei Condotti, Il Marchese Rome occupies the ground floor of a splendid eighteenth-century building, recalling the past with a smart chessboard floor and a chandelier or two.

Il Marchese restaurant offers classics from Roman cuisine as a base line, but the chef has fun with some of the ingredients and plating, making this a little bit more pop than your average Roman trattoria.

On your visit, I recommend starting with a cocktail at the bar – one of the best things about the Marchese experience. This is a perfectly good spot for some drinking, so come grab a seat at the bar and enjoy some late night (or early evening drinks), even if you’re not dining. My cocktail was sherry and prosecco-based, but they have a great amaro list – and more. Read my full review of Il Marchese here.

Where: Il Marchese Restaurant & Amaro Bar | via di Ripetta 162 | Rome | Tel +39 0690218872 | Open every day from noon until 1am

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20. Dram

Dram boat is a floating bar, jazz club and whisky paradise on the River Tiber with cool vibes in its DNA.

Rocking gently on the river by Ponte Regina Margherita, not far from Flaminio Metro stop, Dram’s 1920s-era houseboat has been lovingly restored with yards of original wood and brass fittings, hand-stitched sofas and a glass-encased afterdeck-with-a-view.

The project is the brainchild of Omar Ghoneim, jazz-loving owner of the city’s historic Gregory’s Jazz Club, who has riffed on river lounging in the past with his successful summer pop-up, Gregory’s by the River.

Dram boat, a permanent fixture moored along the Tiber’s tow-path, is many things: a live jazz venue and dance club; a bar specialising in whisky, with 160 different labels; an easy evening bar and eatery; and a spot for some sun-filled lounging on Sundays, with brunch from 12 noon onwards.

While you can order a range of drinks and cocktails here, the premier whisky list meanwhile offers star turns including Lagavulin, Highland Park, Tullibardine, as well as Japan’s Yoichi Single Malt, Bowmore and many more. Read my full review of Dram here for further details.

Where: Dram Boat | Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia | 00196 | Rome | Tel 0039 3516457888

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21. Wisdomless

This bar and tattoo parlour rolled into one already sounds cool at the off, and Wisdomless is certainly one of the city’s most unusual looking bars, with its vintage jungle trophies and maze of rooms, which include a courtyard garden.

The cocktail list is impressive and you’re in excellent hands with the calibre of barmen. My only complaint is that service isn’t always impeccable – I have had both great nights here, and evenings where I was offered the worst table in the house and service was sporadic. However, I’m always hopeful that reviews feed back and so in the spirit of appreciation for the great cocktails and cool interiors here, I recommend you give it a go! The bar opens from midday on weekdays and Saturdays, running though until 2am.

 Wisdomless | Via Sora, 3 | Rome | Tel 06 6880 1823

22. Baja

If you loved the idea of cocktails on a river boat in Rome, you should also check out Baja, a houseboat with bar and restaurant which really comes into its own in the warm months of the year. The port side of the boat is perfect at the aperitivo hour, where cocktails are served on deck, and you can pair your drinks with yummy tapas style plates.

If you’re really in the Baja mood, you might want to stay for dinner, where a classic menu including exceptional fish dishes – don’t miss the catch of the day – makes for one of Rome’s better dining experiences. Don’t be fooled by the boat – Baja boasts an excellent, high quality kitchen, giving you plenty of reasons to stay on board until the early hours. It’s also open for lunch and occasionally for brunch too. Reservations essential.

Where: Baja | Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia | Tel 06 9436 8869

23. Chorus Cafe

If I told you that Chorus Cafe stood practically in front of St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and was a theatre bar to boot, you’d probably be wondering why it was on the list of best cocktail bars in Rome. Yet Chorus Cafe is that rare thing: a fabulous theatre bar and restaurant which draw punters in its own right.

Behind the bar, cocktail king Massimo D’Addezio has put together a cocktail menu with more than 60 options, from drinks with a champagne base to fresh fruit and herbs, and everything in between. The bar itself, on the first floor above the theatre lobby, is in a stylish Art Deco hall which puts a vintage sashay in your hips as you cross the bar.

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The cocktails aren’t cheap, but round the aperitivo hour expect them to be accompanied with some impressive finger food – from raw prawns to handmade fried goodies. Crisps, vegetable chips and olives come as standard and are replenished all night. It’s almost always necessary to book a table, but if you don’t find space, there’s nearly always room at the bar. The tables become part of the restaurant from about 8.30 pm, so come for an early or late drink to really enjoy the space. Definitely a candidate for one of the best cocktail bars in Rome.

Where: Chorus Cafe | Via della Conciliazione 4 | Roma | 0039 0668892774

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