Klang Roma, a new Berlin-style pub, eatery and music venue in Rome’s hip Pigneto neighbourhood is a breath of fresh air in a city of understated elegance.
From the fuzzy, vintage TV screens displaying the rotating, craft beer taplist on hand-scrawled masking tape – to the aluminium-lined toilets charmingly labelled ‘cesso’ (bogs) – this is alternative Rome at its best.
The surprisingly good bar menu is printed on A5 booklets that recall early 1990s fanzines, and those matt black walls are every-club-you-danced-in-as-a-student.
Klang is an easy, understated step back in time, at a time when the 1990s are back in vogue, but there’s no pretension here.
Klang is about drinking, dancing and hanging out with your mates, while sipping a selection of 2019 craft beers and catching the latest electronic DJ set or live music happening in the artfully separated club room.
When the wall goes back, the main drinking and dining room remains a pleasant, open-space venue furnished with black cubes and sofas so you can huddle with your friends or make an infinitely extending group.
Expect local favourites on a regularly changing taplist, plus a handful of industrial beers and a fully stocked spirits cabinet.
The food is exactly what it should be – from laser pizzas to pulled pork sandwiches, with a range of satisfying deep-fried bar snacks in between, Klang understands your munchies.
The menu is made for sharing, but the portions are also spot on for late night snacks for one.
The pulled-pork sandwich hit the spot for me, and the pizzas were deep pan and satisfying.
Klang is one of those places which essentially rocked worlds 20 years ago, and is long overdue a comeback. So whether you’re 18 or 48, embrace your inner student and get down here for a few beers, like the old times.
Klang Roma | Via Stefano Colonna 9 | 00176 | Roma| Tel: +39 06 4368 9987
Testaccina was a guest of Klang