Best Cocktail Bars in Rome
Posted on February 12th, 2024
By Rome Travel Tips

Best Cocktail Bars in Rome

We just bar-hopped through Rome’s cocktail scene, from jungle vibes at Emeralds to secret sips at Club Derrière, and capped it all off with the iconic Bar del Fico. Each spot is a chapter in our story of la dolce vita, filled with exquisite drinks and the kind of memories you’ll toast to for years. Rome’s best cocktail bars aren’t just places; they’re experiences waiting to shake up your world!

Look, there’s nothing quite like the magic of Rome at night—streets bathed in soft lamplight, laughter echoing off ancient cobblestones, and there’s you, standing at the doorway of your next great discovery, the cocktail bar of your dreams. What can I say, friend? Rome isn’t just about Colosseum selfies—it’s also about whispers of ice against glass and flavors that flirt with your taste buds. So, buckle up as we embark on a journey exploring the Best Cocktail Bars in Rome.

A cocktail isn’t enough for you? Check our Best Rooftop Restaurants in Rome article!


The name got your attention already, didn’t it? It reminds you of a summer afternoon, a chilled refreshing drink in hand. You’re not far from the truth. Located right in the heart of Rome, Spritzeria is your go-to place for an early evening wind-down. Their cocktail list is an inspiring chronicle of Rome’s vibrant flavors and traditions. Every single offering has a story of its own, coaxing you to lose yourself in its narrative.

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 5 PM to 12 AM, Friday and Saturday from 5 PM to 1 AM.

Address: Via dei Serpenti, 108.

Blackmarket Hall

I’m about to take you somewhere special. It’s got ‘tude, it’s got style, it’s got, well, everything. Lads and lasses, welcome to Blackmarket Hall! You’re gonna dig this artsy, kitschy nook of Rome that has locals lining up for its killer cocktails and jazzy vibes. The best part? It’s smack in the epicenter of Rome but still manages to stay off the beaten track.

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 6 PM to 2 AM, Sunday from 5:30 PM to 1 AM.

Address: Via de’ Ciancaleoni, 31.

NH Fori Imperiali (Oro Bistrot)

Now, if you’re one to enjoy sipping your drink with a side of “Oh, that’s where Caesar did his grocery shopping”, NH Fori Imperiali is your kind of bar. And I’m not kidding—it’s like you can whisper secrets with ancient Rome while you’re all casual with a mojito in hand.

Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday from 1 PM to 11 PM, Friday and Saturday from 1 PM to 12 AM.

Address: Via di Santa Eufemia, 19.

The Court

Ah, The Court – it’s not just a bar, it’s a royal affair with cocktails. Imagine this: You’re lounging back, sipping on a drink that’s got more layers than a Roman ruin, all while soaking up a view that’s basically a postcard of the Colosseum. It’s like history is giving you a nod while you’re getting your buzz on.

Opening hours: Every day from 6 PM to 2 AM.

Address: Via Labicana, 125.

Freni e Frizioni

When you think of Rome, you think of passion, you think of la dolce vita, and when you’ve got a drink buzzing in your hand from Freni e Frizioni, you most certainly think of Knockout cocktails!

Nestled in Trastevere, Freni e Frizioni, which literally translates to “Brakes and Clutches” (yep, it used to be a garage), offers so much more than automobile tributes.

Opening hours: Every day from 6:30 PM to 2 AM.

Address: Via del Politeama, 4.

Jerry Thomas Speakeasy

Welcome to the speakeasy sensation that’s as hidden as your nonna’s secret cannoli recipe. Jerry Thomas Speakeasy is so under the radar, you might walk past and confuse it for the gateway to Narnia.

This joint has a password for entry (no lie, you get it from their website), making you feel like a spy who just happens to love artisan cocktails.

Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 PM to 4 AM.

Address: Vicolo Cellini, 30. Look for the discreet plaque and the even more discreet doorbell.

Remember, when you slide into this speakeasy, you’re basically in a time machine set to ‘Roaring Twenties’. Adjust your fedora, whisper the secret handshake – just kidding, it’s a password – and prepare to be dazzled. And hey, don’t blame me if you start talking like a movie mobster after your first drink!

Coffee Pot

Alright, lean in close because I’m about to spill the beans on this gem: Coffee Pot. It’s serving up a heady mix of coffee culture by day and cocktail artistry by night. A concept so smooth it’s like espresso met happy hour and they decided to elope.

This hip joint is nestled into the sweet chaos of Trastevere (yep, we’re back in this neighborhood again because let’s face it, it’s where the party’s at).

Opening Hours: It’s your go-to spot every day from 7 PM to 2 AM.

Address: Via del Politeama, 12.

Coffee Pot is like that friend who knows just what you need after a long day. Slide into their chill vibe and let the cocktail magic begin. Ready to catch up over a drink there?

Santo Trastevere

Welcome to Santo Trastevere, one of the best cocktail bars in Rome! Now, this one is a real gem, nestled in the heart of Trastevere district, which is absolutely charming with its cobblestone streets, ancient buildings, and vibrant life! Remember the scene from La Dolce Vita where Fellini had the characters gallivanting about Rome’s nightlife? Yeah, that cool!

The vibes here? Top tier, my friend. With indoor and outdoor seating available, this place is perfect no matter your mood. Fancy a night under the stars, cocktail in hand? They got you covered. More of an inside person? No problemo, they also have a cosy, inviting indoor spot.

Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday from 6 PM to 12 AM.

Address: Via della Paglia, 40.

Drink Kong

Buckle up, my cocktail-loving comrades, because Drink Kong is an experience that’s as epic as its name suggests! Picture a spot where the vibe is as if Godzilla decided to open a bar: it’s that grand and just as unforgettable. With neon lights to guide you into this urban jungle, Drink Kong is a modern mixology oasis in the heart of Rome.

When you step inside, you’re teleported to what feels like a chic ’80s arcade – only the games here are for your taste buds. The atmosphere? It’s Tokyo meets Blade Runner with a dash of Roman flair – in other words, simply electrifying.

Opening hours: It’s a rendezvous spot from 6:30 PM to 2 AM, every day of the week.

Address: Piazza di S. Martino Ai Monti, 8.

Step into Drink Kong and unleash the cocktail beast within you!

Emerald’s Indipendent Bar

Alright, next up is the one, the only, Emerald’s Indipendent Bar! Now, this is not a spot where you’ll find a gem-cutter at work, but you will find some gem-like cocktails here. Hidden away in the Prati District, Emerald’s is a vested treasure chest filled with some of the most flavorful, creative cocktails in Rome.

Stepping in here is like stepping into a lush Amazonian jungle, only instead of tropical birds and monkeys, you’ll find a laid-back atmosphere. The décor? Exquisite – with green velvet banquettes calling you to settle right in, giant mirrors on the walls, and an impressive emerald light installation – hence, the name!

Opening hours: Open every day from 6:30 PM to 2 AM.

Address: Via Crescenzio, 91/c.

Club Derrière

Alrighty, let’s sneak on over to Club Derrière, one of Rome’s best-kept secrets… until now, that is! Trust me when I say this place is like finding that old leather jacket in a thrift shop that fits you like a glove – it’s just right. Huddled behind an ostensibly typical trattoria, this bar is like Narnia, but instead of a wardrobe, you pass through a cool restaurant kitchen to get to the cocktail wonderland!

Imagine a space with an ambiance thicker than Nonna’s pasta sauce and a mood that screams speakeasy-chic from every brick in the wall. It’s cozy, it’s intimate, and it’s got this vibe that makes you want to lower your voice a tad and divulge your innermost secrets to the bartender. Only, you know, maybe stick to what drink you’d like.

Opening hours: Open every day from 10 PM to 4 AM.

Address: Vicolo delle Coppelle, 59.  Psst, look for the trattoria ‘Osteria delle Coppelle’ – it’s the portal to your cocktail journey.

Bar del Fico

Alrighty then, last but definitely not least on our Roman cocktail adventure – welcome to Bar del Fico! This place embodies the sweet Italian essence of “dolce far niente” – the sheer pleasure derived from doing absolutely nothing. Nestled next to Piazza Navona, it’s a local legend, you know?

Bar del Fico is the to-go-spot for both, chill vibes and some serious cocktail pleasure. It’s where you bump into friends old and new over insanely delicious drinks. The feel of the place? Imagine an old-school Italian trattoria acting as the stage for a vibrant jazz and blues playlist. Yes, it’s exactly that – a modern-day fairytale!

Opening hours: Open Tuesday to Sunday, from 8:30 AM to 1 AM.

Address: Via della Pace, 34. Since you’ll be around Piazza Navona, there’s no way you’re gonna miss this one!


And there you have it folks, your friendly guide to the coolest cocktail bars in Rome. We’ve laughed, we’ve learned, and we’ve ‘cheers’-ed our way through these hidden gems, and honestly, I’d do it all over again.

We’ve journeyed through the emerald jungle at Emerald’s, played James Bond at the Club Derrière, and experienced a slice of the dolce vita at Bar del Fico. Quite an adventure, don’t you think?

But remember, my cocktail comrades, Rome wasn’t built in a day. So, pace yourself, test your taste buds, and continue your exploration. There’s always another alleyway to wander down, another hidden bar to stumble into. It’s Rome we’re talking about – the city that keeps on giving.

And hey, if you ever stumble upon a Fedora-wearing bartender shaking a cocktail that’s not on this list, let me know. I’m all for the thrill of a new flavor trail.

So go ahead, this city is yours for the tasting. Explore fearlessly, drink merrily, and live la dolce vita to the fullest. To the streets, the stories, and to the unforgettable nights in the Eternal City – cin cin to that, my friends! 🥂

But for now, as they say in Italy – Arrivederci! Till our next adventures cross paths again!

Hey, wait! Don’t forget to check our Best Lasagna in Rome article! Nonna will be sad if you don’t!

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