Rome Nightlife:
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Rome Nightlife: RAUCOUS NIGHTS
contributors: Christine D. Elliker, Cristoforo Ranocchi

Rome is alive at night. If New York is the city that never sleeps, Rome is the party that never ends. (Clubs don't get going until after midnight.) Discos compete for extravagent themes and décor, and if they don't always keep up with the latest trends in London or L.A., they still provide a great evening for the young and foot loose. Thursdays through Sundays are club nights when the whole city seems to be out on the town. Monday through Wednesday the streets are much quieter.



Shari Vari
Newly re-opened on the site of the former Supper Club, and attracting an entusiastic crowd of Rome's young and chic set, the space, decorated with an oriental theme, offers high tea, followed by an apperitivi and snacks service, followed by dinner, followed by a very popular after-dinner cocktail and music of the "chillout" variety, jazz, house and disco. In short, Rome's formerly "so over it" dinner club has been transformed into Rome's newest hot spot.
Via di Torre Argentian 78 tel 334 253 2673

If you're looking for a relaxed and intimate atmosphere for live music amongst the wild bars in San Lorenzo, this is the place to be. The first floor has a cafe setting for good conversation. Head downstairs, and you'll be able to get your groove on with a live band playing each night. Hear some classic covers from The Beatles or James Brown, or catch some new music from local bands. Drinks start at €5, but the €4 cover charge includes the first drink of your choice.
Via Degli Equi 57 (San Lorenzo)

Start here for a night of club-hopping at one of the largest and most established clubs on Via di Monte Testaccio, Rome's night-life row, a street with wall to wall clubs Akab's dance floor is an enormous and atmospheric underground "cave" which can accomodate hundreds of happy campers. There's an open garden in the warmer months and a smaller sala on the ground floor. The music varies from night to night. Tuesday is "L'Elektric" and weekends tend towards a danceable blend of easy listening and soul, with occasional live acts. Continue your tour by rolling down the via Monte Testaccio to other Rome hotspots, such as Jungle Club (at number 95) , Metaverso (38a), Caffe de Oriente ( 36) and) Zoobar (22),
Via di Monte Testaccio 69. (Testaccio)

One of the most spacious clubs in Rome. You can immerse yourself in a variety of musical atmospheres: house reigns in the main sala; while smaller rooms:blast techno, hip hop and rhythm ‘n’ blues. Watch Out:Crowds can be rough here.
Viale del Commercio 36 (EUR)

Right in the heart of Campo De Fiori nightlife, Anima can be a pitstop for a good mixed drink, or an entire night of casual fun. It has two floors for hanging out, including an intimate setting for drinks and conversation. The reasonable prices and wacky decor make the club a favorite spot for university students. Drinks start at €6. Shots are €1 on Fridays.
Via Santa Maria dell’Anima 57 (Campo De Fiori)

Art Café
Located in the subterranean Villa Borghese Parking Structure, Art Café holds the prize for being the most fashionable disco-club in Rome at the moment. It's happening, hot and underground, located in the Villa Borghese Car Park, where cars, walkways and the Metro Line (subway) form a network that converges into Piazza di Spagna.The music rocks "Happy" tunes (from dance to funky house and revival, in several rooms); the place is ALIVE with movement: spacious dancefloors surrounded by private lounges. Friday nights the place is mostly packed to the rafters with university students, and Saturday is not much quieter. Dress code is fashionably chic; door cover expensive; be a gender-mixed couple to make it over the threshold. (Finding the entrance can be tricky. Take the long tunnel under the steps at Piazza di Spagna, but don't retrace your steps, or enter from the Muro Torto.)
Viale del Galoppatoio 33 (Villa Borghese)

This two-story disco is unique in Rome, rising on a barge floating on the Tiber River. Because the focus on cocktails, Baja is very bar-oriented, its dance floor sharing space with tables.
Lungotevere Arnaldo da Brescia at Ponte Margherita (historic center)

Bar Bar
Once the popular Rome disco Follia, now trasformed into cocktail lounge offering a relaxed atmosphere in a minimal, modern setting. Open early for appertivi, the club stays busy until the wee hours with a cigar room, coffee, wine and cocktail bars.
via Ovidio, 17 ( Prati)

Bebo Do Samba
This is the perfect bar for a relaxing evening of live music, with a great wine and beer selection. The walls are covered with original paintings, creating an eclectic atmosphere. Local bands play nightly. Cover charge never more than €6.
Via de Messapi 8 (San Lorenzo)

Don’t let the size fool you. Bloom holds a lot of entertainment in close and intimate quarters.  Known for its celebrity and football player-filled Monday nights, Bloom is a young and posh nightclub.  Lounge on the ultra-chic deco or tear it up on the tiny dance floor while DJs play an eclectic mix of house, techno and pop.  Most of the clientele look like they just walked off a runway, so the dress code is stylish and dress to impress.  Drinks €10, free entry.
Via Del Teatre Pace 30 (near Piazza Navona) tel 06 688 02029

This "socio-cultral" center which has occupied a converted Roman villa for 15 years, hosts film openings, parties, disco nights and other events. On Fridays, dj Agatha is sat the console with electronic sounds. Thursdays are reggae nights called "One Love." Saturdays are dedicated to house music. International dj's are frequent guests. The decor is modern and monochromatic with burnished steel accents. Classy, but not as expensive as some upscale clubs such as Gilda. Films are screened on the upper floor where there is also an organic cafe, and an art gallery.
Open Thursday-Saturday only.
Via Levanna, 11  (Montesacro) tel 06 820 04382 www.brancaleone.eu

disco sceneClassico Village
A Rome destination for a full evening's entertainment, with a restaurant, a large outdoor courtyard, two bars, a performance space with stage, an enormous loft. Dance floors, djs, all sorts of live music.
Via G. Libetta, 3 tel.06.574 3364 Closed Monday, restaurant open Tueday- Saturday. (Garabatella) www.classico.it

This small, Rome comfortable disco has open open-roof atmosphere that gives dancers the sensation of being immersed in nature. It has been known to feature world-famous dj’s such as Dave Morales, Italy’s DJ Ralf and many others.
Piazzale dello Stadia Olimpico 5 (Monte Mario)

Circolo Degli Artisti (Artists' Circle)
This is a great place to hear live music or just dance the night away. While it doesn’t offer the luxuries, such as couches and tables, like other, more prestigious clubs, the dance floor here is huge and always filled with a lively young crowd. The club is split into two concert stages, the huge dance floor, a pizzeria and a pub. And there's a canopy-covered outside area with beautiful, picnic-style benches, perfect for that warm night. The club is also a venue for many well-known bands. Stop in on a weeknight, when you probably won't have to pay a cover charge. Drinks are only €5, probably the cheapest you'll find among the Rome clubs . The music selection includes anything from Italian pop rock to electronica, to hip-hop, and even punk. Open 10 pm - 4:30 am. Closed Mondays.
Via Casilina Vecchia, 42   (Prenestino) www.circoloartisti.it


Located on one of the most lively streets for nightlife in the San Lorenzo district, Dimmi is usually packed with the alternative club goers. With a dimly-lit floor, a big screen for music videos, and a large stage, it sets the mood for an intense night of music and dancing. Guest DJs and alternative bands from all over the world are featured each weekend, so make sure to check their website for updates. The genre of music can change each night, but normally the crowd comes for electronic, house beats, and rap. Cover is €10 euro and drinks start at €8.
Via del Volsci 126 (San Lorenzo) www.dimmidisiroma.it

I Giganti
In the heart of the Campo de’ Fiori nightlife scene, this place is always crowded on weekends— often making it impossible to get inside. But you never know who you might meet in the crowd. The bartenders speak fluent English, and are quite nice to international students, so the club attracts a lot of Americans. €1 tequila shots are served every day of the week, and when the tequila runs out, they bring out the rum, so no one is ever left behind. Like most places in Campo, they stay open as long as there are customers, but expect everyone to move inside after 2 am.
Piazza Campo de' Fiori, 26  tel 06 687 418

Since the “La Dolce Vita epoch”, when Jackie O’s reigned supreme, Gilda has been unrivaled as the most prestigious disco club in Rome. Located in historic centre, only one block from the Spanish Steps and the city’s most famous shopping streets, the club has managed to stay afloat by targeting a younger generation of disco converts, opening its doors for special teen-oriented private parties during the week, hosting afternoon disco events for an even younger set, aged 13 to 16. But weekend nights are still reserved for an older (over 21) crowd. Via Mario de’Fiori 97 (Spanish Steps) www.gildabar.it

Perhaps Rome's definitive club with an up to the minute dècor (currently in the etnochic style of Bollywood), in an attempt to stay one step ahead of other Rome clubs, and playing the newest swings, mostly specializing in Minimal/Tech-House. Ultrabeat Thursday's have seen world renowned celebrities behind the console — Sven Vath, Steve Bug, Italian star dj Claudio Coocoluto to name a few. Friday's theme "D'Lite" offers a less raucous but equally exciting evening; Saturdays it's "From Classics On", with a variation between Dance and Funky House. There's always a line outside, and the selection is so tough you almost need a raccomendazione to get in the door.
Via Libetta 13 (Garbatella)

One of Rome’s oldest discos, recently completely updated with a state-of-the art sound system, maxi-screens around the dance floor and drinks made-to-order to perfection. Wednesday is University Night, Thursday nights go international, Friday is Happy Night and Saturday is devoted to house music. The club is open to a younger crowd on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
Via di Porta Ardeatina 119 (San Saba)

During the evening hours, Joia is a restaurant and piano bar, but after eleven, it transforms into the place to see and be seen in club-filled Testaccio.  The club often throws parties hosted by the likes of Mercedes Benz, BMW or Mont Blanc, so the dress code is stylish and the cover charge can be steep.  But the ambiance is so chic, anyone who steps inside will feel like a celebrity — an all white lounge area, mirrors everywhere and beautiful women, often dressed in theme, dancing above the crowd.  €15 entry.
Via Galvani 20  (Testaccio) tel 06 574 0802 www.joiacafe.it

Rome Nightlife Micca ClubMicca Club
This club, operated by Gruppo Innocenti Hotel, under the artistic direction of Alessandro Casella (Giaguaro Magazine), tries to incorporate the ambience of an evening's entertainment with the production of a magazine, record label, and online radio broadcast. The space is dominated by a huge circular staircase, at the base, a fountain, and a big dance floor with columns and soaring, arched ceilings. There are three bars, an art gallery, a "zona relax" and a smoking area, as well as a stage where live music is presented. The programming leans heavily towards jazz. Thursday nights are "Jazz a go go" with live performances. Fridays its "exotique fm live!" with resident dj Massimiliano Troiani and guest dj's of international caliber. The sounds are billed as ideal for anyone who likes the "sweet notes" of grand piano, the psychedelic rock of a Hammond organ or the dance beat of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Saturday is Vinyl Express, with dj's and live guests playing retro beat, bassa nova, plus, once a month, a burlesque show featuring the Lady Luck Club from London. Sunday, there's a cocktail buffet starting at 6 pm for €10. On Sunday the club hosts Micca Market, a flea and vintage sale. The Micca Club radio is broadcast streaming , and at night on 97.7 fm, Radio Città Futura.
Via Pietro Micca, 7a (between Stazione Termini and Piazza Vittorio) tel 06 87440079 www.miccaclub.com

On the Rocks
This is a fun place to hang out in groups, spacious with plenty of seating. The friendly bartenders introduce clients to new, funky drinks. Start here before a pricey night of Testaccio club hopping. Drinks start at €5, two for one on Thursdays.
Via Galvani, 54 (Testaccio)


Awesome! A Rome institution since the ‘60s, now remodeled with state-of-the-art sound and lights, it targets its appeal to a modern crowd. The exciting mix of house and happy house music will keep you on the dance floor ‘til you turn to dust! Friday nights it’s the happening spot in Parioli, and all the gorgeous young things turn out.
Via Tagliamento 9 (Parioli)

Rock Castle

A great, cozy place to enjoy some cold ones and get away from the house/hip-pop music, heard in most bars, and groove to good rock sounds. Epect music on the lines of Led Zep, and AC/DC, with live acts often featured, both acoustic and plugged in. The decor seems to aim for the castle dungeon look, hence the name. The beer flows all night long so you won’t get the 2 am boot here.
Via Beatrice Cenci 8  (just across the river from Trastevere near Ponte Garibaldi)  tel 06 688 07999

This small club is in Trastevere, a part of Rome known for its “hip nights.” It’s an economical use of space, but the décor is in stunningly elegant black and white with sweeping, curved walls and polished steel. It’s adjacent to the chic and ultramodern Ripa Hotel, so it attracts an upscale, international crowd. Music tends towards house and happy house hits.
Via degli Orti di Trastevere 1 (Trastevere)

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