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Best rooftop bars in Rome
When the heat rises in the city, there’s nowhere better to unwind after dark than on one of Rome’s best rooftop bars. But which is the best Roman rooftop bar for you? What are the Rome rooftop bar prices like, which are the cheapest Rome rooftop bars, and what should you be drinking to make the most of your evening? Fear not dear reader, I’ve been trawling Rome’s best rooftop bars all year to quench your curiosity!
1. The Court – Rome’s most iconic garden bar, overlooking the Colosseum
This guide to the best rooftop bars in Rome starts with 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.
Hotel Palazzo Manfredi hosts one Michelin star restaurant Aroma on its unrivalled rooftop, where chef Giuseppe di Iorio reigns supreme, but 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.
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 €23 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 (pictured below), 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
Prices: From €23
What to order: The Court Margarita (mescal, tequila, hibiscus flower cordial) €25
2. Divinity Terrace – Rome’s most romantic rooftop bar, by the Pantheon
Another strong contender for the best rooftop bar 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, but we found them a little lighter on the alcohol than other bars (also taking into account the expense), with service a little on the slow side. If you’re planning on taking your time that might not be a problem, but worth mentioning if you’re looking to slip smartly on to dinner after downing your rooftop cocktail. Also, sometimes nibbles came automatically with drinks, and sometimes not. Do ask if the drinks arrive with nothing.
Classic cocktails start at €16, with the house specials priced at €18. We liked the stunning red column of Vulcano (€18), combining bitter Campari, ruby vermouth, gin, raspberry compote, grapefuit juice, anise liqueur and champagne; and Cerere (€18), combining vodka infused with coriander seeds, lime juice, black pepper, ginger, rosemary syrup, hazelnut liqueur, ginger foam with cocoa powder and coffee tequila.
Don’t forget to book ahead if you want to guarantee a seat at sunset.
Where: Divinity Terrace | The Pantheon Iconic Rome Hotel | Via di S. Chiara 4/A | Rome| Tel+39 0687807070
What to order: Vulcano (€18) combining Campari, red vermouth, gin and raspberry compote
3. Up Sunset Bar – Rome’s most fashionable rooftop bar at Rinascente
Italian department store brand La Rinascente used to be a mid-mark emporium offering frumpy fashion concessions, cosmetics and household essentials. However, a recent group-level strategy change has changed all that. In 2017, the retail house shifted from generic department store to a luxury approach, transferring to a swanky new purpose-built location on Via del Tritone (Metro Barberini). Out went household essentials, and in came designer names and upmarket food and beverage options on the top floor.
Now, if you visit La Rinascente on via del Tritone, you’ll find the kind of premier brands which used to only cluster around via dei Condotti and via del Babuino. La Rinascente’s ground floor is a mecca for designer shoe and handbag enthusiasts, with open-plan boutiques from Gucci, Prada, Valentino, Chloe and more, plus a walk-in hall dedicated to Louis Vuitton.
Menswear and female fashion continues on the upper floors, with both designer and upmarket high-street options in the mix. The top floor is home to several quick eateries and designer restaurant concepts, including Brazilian-Japanese fusion sushi bar Temakinho, plus a bar and restaurant run by Michelin-starred chef Riccardo Di Giacinto, definitely worth booking ahead for.
This bar and terrace restaurant occupies the sixth and seventh floor of La Rinascente, including the outdoor, upper level. Entitled the Up Sunset Bar, is is definitely the jewel in the crown of La Rinascente’s drinking and dining options and one of the best rooftop bars in Rome. Enjoying fabulous views overlooking the Eternal City, this is just the place for a glass of something cool and refreshing day or night, after some much deserved retail therapy.
The home of exclusive events, such as this Moet Chandon gala pictured above, Up Sunset Bar is also a pleasant spot on a regular night (or day), when it’s the perfect place to unwind and check out another gorgeous view of Rome, just a stone’s throw from Piazza Barberini and Via Veneto. There’s a range of drinks on offer, with beers ranging from €6-€9, and cocktails priced at €12-€16, placing it in the median range for Rome’s rooftop bars.
If you’re planning on eating here, breakfast is available from 10.00, with the regular kitchen open from 11.00 in the morning until 23.00 at night, offering pasta and pizza, salads and sandwiches, hamburgers and moreish desserts. The aperitivo hour official runs from 17.00 – 21.00, while from 22.00 until midnight, it’s time to get into the after dinner mood with a signature cocktail. Reserving a table for a special occasion is essential.
Where: Up Sunset Bar | 6th & 7th floors La Rinascente |Via del Tritone 61 | Tel +39 0687916652
What to order: The signature ‘tramonti’ cocktail combines gin, red bitter, passion fruit and lime juice (€14)
4. 9 Hotel Cesari – Rome’s cheapest rooftop bar downtown
On the touristy main drag between via del Corso and the Pantheon there is a whole strip of terrible restaurants and bars that you should avoid at all costs when visiting Rome. The street is called Via di Pietra and I would normally advocate a swift walk down here, avoiding restaurants and bars as you head to a more suitable area of town for refreshments.
However, Via di Pietra changes when you reach Piazza di Pietra, and things suddenly get interesting. This beautiful piazza is worth your time for the stunning columns of the Temple of Hadrian, but it is also home to a fine Gran Caffè in the Neapolitan style, Gran Caffè La Caffettiera; popular cocktail bar Salotto42; and a discretely placed hotel, 9 Hotel Cesari, actually one of Rome’s best kept rooftop secrets.
A sign on a metal stand alerts you to the fact that 9 Hotel Cesari has a rooftop bar which opens from 18.30 in the evening, and this charming discovery has gone straight onto my list of the best rooftop bars in Rome.
Stroll straight through the lobby and into the red velvet lined lift – then punch in the top floor button to escape onto one of central Rome’s cutest and least expensive rooftop bars around.
This multi-level rooftop bar charms with terraces overlooking piazza di Pietra on one side, and glimpses of Sant’Ignazio church on the other. Expect a cosy mix of tables for two and low-slung sofas in this perfect escape from the heat of the Roman streets.
With beers priced at a very reasonable €6, glasses of wine and prosecco starting at €7 and cocktails starting at €12, these are street-level prices for a rooftop with a view – making it one of the cheapest rooftop bars in Rome and probably the cheapest rooftop for such a central location. Bottles of wine and prosecco start at €28 – an even better way to ensure value for money.
Service isn’t terribly quick and sofa tables are often pre-booked, but this is a place where you can almost always drop in and impress your friends or your date (without breaking the bank!). Come early if you want to ensure an immediate seat without a reservation and enjoy (for once!) a cheap rooftop bar in Rome.
Where: 9 Hotel Cesari | via di Pietra 89/A | Rome | Tel +39 06 6749701
What to order: Jasmin Negroni combining gin, sweet vermouth, Campari and jasmin (€12)
5. Sky Stars Bar – Rome rooftop bar with best cocktail list
You need a car or taxi to get out to Sky Stars Bar, but it’s a rewarding experience in perhaps the most unique-looking bar on this list. Located in a tower on top of the luxury A.Roma hotel, and enjoying a peaceful neighbourhood location in south west Rome, this bar enjoys star-studded views across the hotel’s landscaped gardens and dark countryside beyond, from an elegant, modern loggia.
The wraparound balcony of this unusual bar includes plenty of intimate, dim corners – in fact, it was originally conceived as the hotel’s most exclusive suite, before the architects changed their minds and restyled it as A.Roma’s exclusive cocktail bar, Sky Stars Bar.
We’re very glad they did, as it’s the perfect place to pop in after enjoying an afternoon in A.Roma’s day spa, combining a seawater outdoor pool, with a lovely spa circuit in the basement of the hotel. However, please note that this is a true, after-dinner bar – only serving drinks from 9pm at night – and that food is not available here.
Restaurant and bar managers Alessandro and Claudio are the perfect, genteel hosts at Sky Stars Bar, while the ever-changing menu throws up some delicious surprises, carefully conceived by one of the smartest bar teams in Rome. I’m also delighted to add that as well as serving some of the best cocktails in Rome, this rooftop bar combines quality with some of the most competitive rooftop bar prices in all the city.
For standard cocktails and mixed drinks, expect to pay around €8-€10 – making this actually one of the cheapest rooftop bars in Rome – while Sky Stars Bar’s special creations cost €13 (and they are worth every cent).
Highlights from the 2019 summer menu include (pictured above) All Roads Lead To (grappa, sake, sherry, vermouth and grapes); Trilogia di Lamponi (pictured below – tequila, raspberry liquor, raspberry shrub and lemon); Omnia (tequila, white vermouth, doppio carvi, ginger syrup, eucalyptus, salt, mitmita); Blood & Coins (rum, prickly pear liqueur, vermouth); Bellatrix (gin with butterfly tea, lemon, sugar, champagne foam, meringue crumble); Big Bambu (Jamaican rum, pimento drum, cinnamon liqueur, lime, bitter ‘old fashioned’); Kimbo (grappa, kahlua, martina reserva ambrato, bitter barbieri, all smoked with a coffee Toscanello cigar); 4112 (Fernet, yuzu, cherry liqueur, Angostura bitters).
All are sensational and form part of one of the most original cocktail menus in the entire city. Keep your options open and definitely see what’s on the menu, or ask the charming bar hosts what they suggest, based on your tastes.
Where: Via Giorgio Zoega, 59|00164|Rome |Italy|+39 06 8780 0168
What to order: Triologia di Lamponi, tequila and raspberry liqueur (€13)
6. Wunderbar – Rome’s dreamiest garden bar
Art-lovers in Rome take note: if you adore the elegance of Rome’s Galleria Nazionale di Arte Moderna in Villa Borghese, and relish relaxing in a cool garden with refined company, Wunderbar Garden may be the right cocktail bar for you. A new entry in the Roman garden bar scene for 2019, Wunderbar Garden is the estival incarnation of Emeralds Bar in Prati. It’s distinguished by a stunning, period ambience, cocktails mixed by bar king Luca Dal Ben and every time I have been there I have been so impressed with the elegant and over-35s crowd.
The bar itself flanks the rear of the Art Deco gallery, while tables in wrought-iron enclaves are positioned around the ornamental fishpond, creating a fresh focal point that reflects light across the garden. It’s both a wonderful spot to grab a romantic moment with a loved one, and an excellent place for relaxing with friends (and perhaps making new ones!)
Luca Dal Ben is one of Rome’s finest mixologists, so trust in his talents or order from the fine wine list. Booking essential for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but you should get a table without any problems on the other evenings. Wunderbar Garden is open seven nights a week, from 19.30.
Where: Wunderbar Garden | Via Ulisse Aldrovandi 1 | Rome | Tel +39 334 983 9178
What to order: A bottle of in-vogue premier rose bubbly, Cremant (€60)
7. Jacopa – Rome’s best contemporary rooftop bar
Trastevere is still one of the best-loved destinations for a summer evening stroll in Rome, but there hasn’t always been a breathtaking vantage point from which you could gaze across the district. Most of the bars are dim, ground floor affairs with the occasional outdoor table, whilst in summer months, you can technically brave the pop-up bars along the riverside (not advised in terms of quality and price).
Enter Jacopa, a restaurant on the peaceful side of Trastevere, hosted by Hotel San Francesco, on the edge of one of Trastevere’s lesser known but picturesque squares. The ground floor restaurant is all about the ‘eating everything’ culture which unites traditional Roman poor-food (no part of the beast is wasted at the table) and and an energetic, modern way of looking at food in a sustainable but subtle way.
You can definitely start your evening at Jacopa’s ground-floor bar, but an unmissable destination in warmer weather is it’s recently refurbished roof terrace, a bijoux space with a lovely atmosphere overlooking the Aventino and the sleepier side of Trastevere. A minimalist menu of largely cold dishes is being served here, so don’t expect the full Jacopa menu – but feed on that view!
The year-round cocktails menu is fun, combining tradition with experimentation (there’s a theme emerging). I tried the sensational Milano Torino Irlanda, a fun twist on an Italian classic, combining sweet vermouth, campari, orange bitters, rabarbaro zucca, rhubarb puree and Guinness foam. It really hit the spot between bitter and fresh (my favourite kind of cocktail) and the prices are very reasonable, marking Jacopa as one of the cheapest rooftop bars in Rome on our list with cocktails costing €10-12.
However, for the warm months of the year, consulting cocktail specialist Emanuele Broccatelli is all about fresh flavours and notes of summer fruit. Try the Italian Mule with amaro, lemon and ginger beer, or a minty take on Negroni with the Negrito – gin, vermouth, Campari, Amer Picon, Fernet and orange.
Jacopa’s rooftop bar is open every day from 18.00 until 1.00 in the warmer months of the year. Reservation necessary for larger parties.
Where: Jacopa | Via Jacopa de’ Settesoli, 7| Rome | Italy |Tel 065809075
What to order: Limone & Rabarbaro, combining vodka, lemon, rhubarb and mint (€10)
8. Eitch Borromini – Rome rooftop bar with the best view
La Grande Bellezza terrace at Eitch Borromini Hotel, 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.
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 right down onto the fountain of the four rivers in Piazza Navona.
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. There are a few bar snacks available – such as plates of prosciutto and mozzarella – but this is not a place to dine, it’s more of a pre-dinner spot, opening at 6.30 pm and seeing most visitors drift away to dinner by 9.30 pm / 10 pm, except in high summer, when guests stay until midnight to beat the heat.
The prices fit the location and the fact that this is a high-end hotel bar. They’ve actually edged up a little in the last year to match the swankiest rooftops in Rome, so expect to now pay €15 for a glass of wine and €25 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.
This bar has rightly become one of the Rome’s best loved rooftop bars so reservations are now essential every night. If you are visiting Rome, and you only have time to make it to one rooftop, this should probably be top of the list: Rome’s rooftop bar with the best views, bar none.
In conclusion: €25 is a lot to pay for a cocktail, but this bar with its unforgettable city views is just about worth it. Don’t forget to book and come as early as you can to catch that sunset.
Where: La Grande Bellezza | Hotel Eitch Borromini | Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30| Rome|Tel +39 06 6821 5459
What to order: Catch the sunset in a Campari Spritz or Negroni (€25)