Where to head in Rome when the sun goes down

When it comes to having a good time, the locals in Rome really know how to party. Whether you're into the club scene or simply a laid back wine bar where you can share a glass of wine with some friends, 10Best has your go-to-guide on the hottest spots for nightlife in Rome!

Are you the type of person who likes to dance the night away? Testaccio is a mecca for nightclubs and when Romans want to party, they head over to this neighborhood. Akab is one of the most popular dance clubs in the area. Meanwhile, in Ostiense, Vinile is one of the most popular with the locals and back in the Centro Storico, Shari Vari Playhouse keeps night revellers shaking their things on the dance floor into the wee hours of the night.

Looking for something a little bit more low key and relaxed? Those not into the club scene might want to check out some of Rome's hippest wine bars and lounges that serve up some of the best aperitivo (Happy Hour) in the Eternal City. Salotto 42 is a posh place to hang out with friends over a glass of wine. The bohemians and artsy crowd  gather nightly at Freni e Frizioni in Trastevere and for a unique night out in Rome aboard a vintage tram, check out dates for Rome Tram Tracks. show. 

Drinks with friends, live music, relaxed or an all-night boogie - Rome after dark has something for everyone.



Who takes you to dance in the shadow of the Colosseum? Rome Tram Tracks that's who! You will no doubt see all the sights and main attractions in Rome but never have you seen them on board a vintage tram with live music and a whole lotta wine....  Read More

La Cabala
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One of Rome's flashiest and most exclusive nightclubs, La Cabala is situated in a medieval palazzo on top of the restaurant Hostaria dell'Orso, a 14th century building that overlooks the Tiber River. It's pretty much Rome's version of a classy...  Read More



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When it comes to aperitivo time, this bar is one of the best in Rome. Thanks to its posh décor and hip music, this place gets lively around happy hour time (7-9pm), when tourists and locals pack this place in to grab a drink with friends and...  Read More

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Akab has been a fixed staple and one of the most popular nightclubs in Testaccio for years. It's best known for the quality of live entertainment that it puts on. If you come here in the early evening, you're likely to hear some live rock and...  Read More



K-Club is the hottest new restaurant and cocktail bar to recently touch down in the Centro Storico. This venue enjoys a prime position tucked away in a lovely little piazza behind the Pantheon called Piazza delle Coppelle. K-Club is a chic...  Read More

Freni e Frizioni
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Freni e Frizioni (which literally means brakes and clutch)is perhaps one of the most happening places in all of Trastevere. The mechanic shop-turned hipsters' bar is especially popular during aperitivo time. The place gets jumping from 7pm...  Read More

Salotto 42


Conveniently located across from the suggestive Hadrian's Temple, is a tiny sleek bar where locals go to see and be seen. The interior of this venue is modern and fashionable featuring plushy couches and chairs. The walls are adorned with...  Read More



Located in the Ostiense neighborhood, which has long been home to many nightlife spots, Vinile is kind of a new kid on the block. Well, sort of. The venue is very well known to Romans with the old 45 Giri nightclub formerly holding residence...  Read More

Shari Vari Playhouse
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Shari Vari Playhouse has fast become the new It-girl on Rome's nightclub scene. The club, which was formerly known as the Supper Club, is huge and is conveniently located just around the corner from both Largo Argentina and the Pantheon. It has...  Read More


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