What to Drink in Rome
Collected by Tommy Alexander, AFAR Staff
Vicolo Cellini, 30, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
At this speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar near Chiesa Nuova, hipster bartenders pour and shake American classics like Manhattans, Sazeracs and Old-Fashioneds in a smoky lounge. To gain admittance, make a booking and come armed with the secret...
Via degli Specchi, 6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
This pub, owned by the Piedmont-based Baladin brewing company and Lazio's own Birra del Borgo, opened in September 2009 and was quickly canonized as the best place to drink Italian beers in Rome. There are over 120 labels to choose from, ranging...
Via Cavour, 88, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
This beer shop specializes in Italian craft brews, though American and European brands have begun to surface. There is a section dedicated to home brewing where amateur brewers can buy equipment. Stop in if you are curious about the local craft...
Via del Pellegrino, 87, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
By day, this café serves coffee, tea and snacks, while from 6PM until closing, it is Rome’s premier craft cocktail bar. Choose from the menu of house specialties and cocktail classics or tell bartenders Federico Tomasselli or Patrick Pistolesi...
Via del Vantaggio, 14, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
The one-Michelin-star restaurant All’Oro relocated to the ground floor of the First Luxury Art Hotel near Piazza del Popolo in January 2012 and in the spring chef and owner Riccardo Di Giacinto opened his newest venture, this rooftop restaurant...
Via Alessandra Macinghi Strozzi, 00145 Roma RM, Italy
The craft beer movement is in full effect in Rome and small pubs and beer shops have cropped up all over town. Some are more serious than others and not all are worth a dedicated trip, but Birra + has been holding it down in Pigneto since 2009 and...
Via del Conservatorio, 58, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
No.au is a collaborative effort from two brewers (Teo Musso and Leonardo di Vincenzo), a celebrity baker (Gabriele Bonci), and two long-term fixtures in Rome’s beverage business (Luca Tosato and Paolo Bertani). If you can look past the silly name...
Via dei Condotti, 86, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
Once the haunt of expat artists, poets, and dreamers, Antico Caffè Greco, on Rome's glamorous Via Condotti, is a must. At this 18th-century caffè, you'll learn that Romans can be very particular about their coffee. Cappuccino is a...
Via del Babuino, 150/a-b, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
The art atelier of neoclassical sculptor Antonio Canova and his prized pupil Adamo Tadolini is just a short walk from the Piazza del Popolo. The atelier was an active sculpture studio from 1818 until 1967. Part art museum, part café, part history...
Piazza Monte D'Oro, 94, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
Escape the tourist traps in this area by going to this little gem of a cafe. The cappuccinos are perfect (and 1, compared to 5 at all the surrounding cafés). The staff is friendly and they have great panninis and fruit salads. It's a bit crowded...
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
You may only have eyes for each other, but be on the lookout for movie stars and celebrities at the Stravinskij Bar in the private garden of the Hotel de Russie. The award-winning barman mixes up some of the capital's most creative cocktails. On a...
Via della Penna, 22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy
On a warm spring night, the smell of blooming wisteria on the patio of this fashionable hotel makes it a perfect place to while away happy hour. Order the bar's twist on a negroni and such delicious antipasti as arancini, then enjoy great people...
Via Federico Ozanam, 30-32, 00152 Roma RM, Italy
Monteverde's vibrant pizzeria and trattoria is an enclave of local flavor—from its excellent menu of fritti (fried starters), sfizi (delicious antipasti), and pizzas to its busy clientele. Owner Giancarlo Casa is a pizza perfectionist, and...
Via Claudia, 15, 00184 Roma RM, Italy
The Paolo Parisi egg has become an Italian status symbol. The perfect whites look like those of any other egg, but the Day-Glo orange yolks have an incredible creamy texture and sweet almond flavor that fetch nearly $2 per egg. The extraordinary...
80/a, Via Fabio Massimo, 00192 Roma RM, Italy
Located in Prati, not too far from the Vatican, head here for a pre-tour, morning cappuccino at the wood-paneled bar. This very elegant bar also serves the prettiest cup of afternoon espresso. Before your espresso gets pulled, a generous dollop...
Via Nicola Zabaglia, 9, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Between taxi adventures in Rome, wandering around Testaccio, the old butchers' quarter, we stumbled on this magical cafe-bar, where you can sit at the sidewalk tables as long as you like and munch on salty things with your Campari.
25, Via Benedetta, 25, 00153 Roma RM, Italy
Routinely named among the best pubs in Europe, this quasi-dive bar in Trastevere has around 15 draught beers from the US, Italy, Belgium, Germany and Denmark as well as a wide assortment of bottles. The staff is unbelievably passionate and...
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