This former stable area with its rowdy wine bars has remained true to its history in one way. It is now the rowdiest nightclub area of Rome - cars jam the parking lot - people line up for entrance to clubs that offer something for every taste (from discos to alternative open air and gay clubs on certain nights) and every wallet - lots of sleaze, nasty bouncers, and a distinct Bohemian atmosphere. The young locals are there enforce on any given night; but, of course, the weekends are a madhouse. It is far enough from residential neighborhoods to be no nuisance and in a not very desirable area - but if you're looking for decadant nightlife - this IS the place.
Photo 4 - A snippet of history on pre-nightclub Monte Testaccio - with excavated caverns housing rowdy wine bars and stables - at the time was not touched by the development of the new quarter and its inhabitants were proud of the new rione symbol, a testae, the amphorae used by the ancient Romans to contain wine and oil.
OTHER NOTABLE CLUBS - Amnesia (the club with the glass floor) - great club for people in their 20's & 30's. Also, ICE CLUB, Via Della Madonna Dei Monti, 20
is a MUST see - so cold its HOT - made entirely of Ice (they give you a warm-up wrap so you can stay while you drink to warm up!) The first one we saw was in Milano.
Dress Code: Whatever!
Bar del Fico is located in a small square, not far from Piazza Navona.
We had a couple of drinks here before dinner one night. Drinks were reasonably priced and there were plenty of free bar snacks!
There is a large outside terrace which is a great place to relax and do some people watching.
Thanks to a tip that I read on VT before our latest trip to Rome, we popped to Vineria il Chianti one evening and had a fabulous night.
We were lucky enough to get a seat out the front in a small courtyard, and settled back to enjoy a glass or 3 of some delicious Italian wines.
There is an extensive wine list and also a fabulous food menu.
Service was friendly and efficent, and a great night was had by all - I highly recommend this place!
Dress Code: We were pretty daggy looking.....had been site seeing all day...
One of my favourite things to do in Rome in the evening is to watch the sun set and then the city light up.
Many of the fabulous buildings are flood lit, really making them stand out and look even more beautiful than they do during the day.
Just take a wander around the centre of town - it is full of locals and tourists alike, enjoying the bars and restaurants and the vibe of Roma!
Dress Code: Dress to impress.....or just rug up warm like me!!
Jazz Concerts continue at Alexanderplatz, one of Rome's historic jazz clubs, through the month of February. Artists include Alessandro Russo, Gianluca Renzi, Carolina Brandes, Till Bronner, Joy Garrison, Sonny Fortune and many others. See their web site below for the program.
From Wednesday, February 1, 2006
To Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Times Concerts begin around 10:30pm
Price 7 Euro for a monthly pass valid for all concerts
More Jazz and Blues venues on my "Things to Do" tips.
Dress Code: Casual
Great place in the heart of trastevere!!
Up to the 08pm the atmosphere is soft and relaxing with nice music. Great the low couches and the soft lights. Excellent as it tea room or for eat a creps. The evening, up to late night, the music increases the volume and becomes chillout, the cocktails are excellent and the atmosphere becomes crazy. Not to lose!!!
Rome may not be the hippest of capitals, but for those who know the right places, it is possible to party all night. Dolce Vita's days are far away but Romans still love to go out late and the fun only really commences after dinner. The wine-bars and caf?s lying between Campo de? Fiori, Piazza Navona and Via della Pace are the places to be seen. Irish pubs are also popular with Italians and expatriates, and can be a good place for a fun and informal night out. The biggest concentration of nightclubs lie in the Testaccio and Ostiense districts. One of the main drags in Testaccio, Via di Monte Testaccio, is literally lined with bars, pubs, live music venues and clubs. In Ostiense the scene has taken off in recent years and this is where to find some of the hippest new bars and so-called ristodisco, places where you can both eat and dance.
Romans like taking it easy; and Rome's nightlife may seem rather tame to those accustomed to the cutting-edge buzz of other European cities. A typical night out for Romans usually involves a long dinner with a group of friends, starting after 9pm and continuing until after midnight.
Bars in the centre of town are good places to begin. Most have tables outside where you can sit around and people-watch until the wee hours. There have lately been initiatives aimed at reducing noise by earlier closing hours, but this isn't yet widespread. Campo dei Fiori, the Piazza Navona area, and Trastevere are some of the best places for an evening out. Locals and tourists alike stroll around the streets all evening, or sit at the many welcoming bars, which range from the stylish to the homely. If you want drunken good times, meeting other foreigners and predatory locals, head for one of the hundreds of Irish/Scottish pubs.
For nightclubs - discoteche - the best area to head for is Testaccio. The area around Piramide metro station and spreading down the Via Ostiense contains the highest concentration of nightclubs. In the summer most nightclubs close down, and nightlife relocates to the seaside and to 'villages' around the edge of town. Visitors from the UK and the U.S. will be surprised and maybe shocked at young people's night-time reliance on cars and scooters - and the cavalier attitude to drink-driving. Be prepared for venues surrounded by traffic chaos, which are hard to reach by public transport. Research your transport options; take taxi funds.
I have never seen so many staggering people so well-grouped as in Roma after 3 a.m. - is no one sober after this hour?? There's something about the terrific drinks they serve in Rome - they're always sooooo gooooood............
OK - so what's a nice little 'ol lady like me doing out at 3 a.m. - got me there........
Welcome to this exotic corner located at walking distance from the Pantheon. Habana is a small and friendly pub with an spirit that is overwhelming. In the first room, the bar, you can try one of the many tropical cocktails (cuba libre, mojito, caipirinha and many others) together with a sandwich or other snacks offered at the bar.
The second main room, if you manage to get there, is the entertainment room and its where the dance floor and the stage are situated. Live music rock and pop covers are played on Friday and Saturday nights followed by dancemusic that goes on until closing time.
This little pub is located in the heart of Trastevere and it is always full of people (not only because is little!). The good quality of the beer attracts a lot of guests, but also the friendly manners of the staff and the special atmosphere you feel here give an important contribute to the success of this place.
An other significant point is that Big Gilda is in a strategic position, where people use to stroll frequently. Sometime you can also enjoy (it seems impossible for the limited space) live music!
A bar housed in a former garage - hence the name (Breaks and Clutches). Just accross the bridge into Trastevere this small bar spills out into a little square, with candles burning and throngs of good looing people perched on the wall surrounding the square. The bar had a real buzz, which is what first draws the attention from the bottom of the steps, I found it to be a really friendly little bar with a good mix of patrons, the staff were friendly too and only too happy to help.
Cocktails are a speciality and the Mojitos were amazing especially on a hot summers evening - the whole cocktail list looked fantastic and there seemed a good wine list too, although regretably I didn't sample any. There was also a very tempting buffet on offer which looked much better than the 2nd rate tourist crap I'd just eaten.
The decor of the place was a juxtopisition between the futuristic and reclaimed which created a unique ambience.
The Circolo degli Artisti (artists circle) is the house of art and music underground live scene, with electronic music, hip hop, rock and other creative performances. There are two concert rooms, a dancefloor outfitted with a great sound system, a place for video projection, a pub and a pizzeria serving roman style pizza. This place is open until late, and the entrance fee varies according to the performance. Always crowded and visited by different kind of people.
Dress Code: Unformal, don't dress jacket or tie here!
So, I didn't actually discover Supperclub in San Francisco. Years before they even opened their San Francisco venue I had my first Supperclub experience in Roma. Truly an experience. Great performances, drink, music, fashion and night culture. Fun was had by all. Tip: Be sure to make advanced reservations if you plan on doing the dinner/show. Otherwise the two bars (one with DJ music) are open to the public.
Dress Code: Fashion forward. Remember, you're in Italy and Italians know how to dress... sleek and fashionable. Check what the current treds are and look at the photos on the Supperclub website (www.supperclub.com). For travelers, I think the little black dress or black dress pants is a safe choice.
This place features a constantly-changing ethnic-style disco that has become increasingly popular over the last few years: house, jungle, hip hop and tribal music are compulsory sounds. Perhaps it is the best known club at the moment . GOA’s probably the closest thing to a NYC club over here.
On Sundays, there are the rhythms of the surfin' and happenin' 'Surf Revolt'. Gay night is on Tuesdays. The disco can hold up to 700 people with a central bar that is surrounded by sofas.
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