Rome's Best Dance Clubs: Paint the Town Red, Party the Night Away



Rome after dark is pretty spectacular. The city comes alive and the monuments basking in night light are simply breathtaking. And the after dark scene is a whole lot of fun. 

Romans go out late and stay out late and they love to dance. So as they say, when in Rome, do as the Romans and get your party shoes on with this list of the city's best dance club spots. 

The Testaccio or Ostiense neighborhoods are quite the place to be on a Saturday night with a huge concentration of dance clubs. In fact, on Via di Monte Testaccio, you'll find a whole heap in a row to suit any taste and music genre from dance to salsa. There are many others scattered across town and in the historical center like La Cabala and Shari Vari Playhouse

Most dance clubs don't kick off until about midnight and you should know that your entry fee usually includes your first drink. During the summer months, many venues in Rome transfer to outdoor locations or to the beach and it's recommended one check their websites for further information. Whether you're in Rome on holiday or perhaps passing through on business, 10 Best has the perfect round up of places to head for a night of dancing and a whole lot of fun. 



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Akab
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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 jazz music. After 11pm, the dance floor opens up and the music changes to house, dance, reggae, acid jazz, disco, funk and soul music. Like most dance clubs in this area, Friday and Saturday nights can be quite busy and it's best recommended you arrive early. BUS: 30, 75, 3. TRAM: 3. Metro: Piramide.


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Gilda


 

Ever wonder where all of Rome's beautiful people are? Look no further than Gilda. This club is notorious for attracting Rome's rich and famous crowd. It's also quite frequented by Italian soccer players from the AS Roma and SS Lazio teams, aging politicians and D-list Italian celebrities. Essentially, it's a see and be seen kind of crowd. There is a piano bar for private parties, as well as two dance floors where disco music is always spinning. Jackets for men are an absolute must. Gilda is also quite popular among locals because it is one of few dance clubs that is open on Sundays. METRO: Spagna.


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Salario-nomentana


 

For more than 30 years, Piper has been a magnet for the young, 'Roma per bene' crowd. This place is particularly happening on Friday nights. Piper was a real big hit in the 60s and 70s when it first opened and attracted all sorts of big Italian music artists to play during its heyday. Since then, the decor has been updated and the music has changed slightly. Though they tend to still play general disco, Piper also features a bit of house and Top 40. The club also organizes fun gay nights and afternoon discos for teenagers. They've also recently started playing live music concerts and hosting battle of the bands type competitions. BUS: 86


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L'Alibi
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One of the best nightclubs in Rome within the gay community is L'Alibi. Though, it attracts a mostly male gay clientele, eclectic Romans from all walks of life have been known to come here too. The summertime is particularly nice here when the club opens up its lovely roof garden. The music ranges is a mix of house, soul, dance and disco music. The venue is quite exclusive in that it can be quite difficult to gain entry, especially on a Friday or Saturday night. It's best that you arrive early to avoid disappointment at this place. BUS: 30. Tram: 3.


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Radio Londra
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Radio Londra is a 'punto di ritrovo' (a meeting place) for Rome's alternative crowd. On any given night you might run into people with dreadlocks, piercings everywhere and emo attire. But clothing aside, this club is loyal to playing good music which is diverse, eclectic and vibrant. Live music can be listened to four nights out of the week. Bands usually play in the pub and pizzeria area located just above the dance floors. The resident DJs change regularly and are a mix of local and international talent, so keep in touch with the venue through their site for a what's on update. BUS: 30. TRAM: 3.


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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 supper club and located in the ever stylish Piazza Navona area it's no wonder the venue has developed this reputation. The is quite big and it is spread out across a three-level space that includes a piano bar, restaurant, and nightclub. The crowd is very stylish and generally aged 25-30+. Music is generally house, dance and techno and the venue is open only on weekends, Friday to Saturday. BUS: 30, 492. Metro: Spagna.


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Caruso Café de Oriente


 

Located in the heart of Testaccio and spread out across a couple of levels, this is where many of Rome's salsa-aficionados come to hang out. Themed nights, dancing shows and concerts are just some of the regular activities that are on the program here. Latin-American music groups are often hosted and live shows are regularly advertised at the venue or on the website. The club is open from Tuesday through to Sunday and it's not for those looking for an early night! Caf� Oriente features live Latin American music most nights of the week and similar DJ-sets afterwards. Bus: 30. Tram: 3.


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If you're looking to shake things up in the heart of Rome, THE place to do it at is Micca Club. Though the club has a small dance floor, the venue attracts top-notch DJs from all over the world featuring music ranging from soul, funk, jazz to rock'n'roll. The club also hosts a 'gourmet' aperitivo everyday for those looking for something to do in the early evenings. The venue hosts a series of themed events and burlesque shows as well as leasons so you can learn the art yourself. Their website updates all activities quite regularly so be sure to check to see what's on. METRO: Barberini


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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 three levels of rooms to choose from with each featuring a different dance genre including hip-hop, retro, house and dance music. It attracts quite a stylish international crowd and very well-dressed Romans with a worldy attitude. To avoid disappointment, it's highly recommended to reserve a table. The club hosts regular themed events and promote these 'serate' on their website. BUS: 64, 40, 46. TRAM: 8


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Ostiense


 

Located in the Ostiense neighborhood, which has long been home to many nightlife spots, Vinile is 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 here. Opened in late 2014, the venue is open from Tuesday to Sunday from aperitivo time right through to the wee hours of the night. During the aperitivo time and through to about 11:00pm there is live music with local and international performers ranging from folklore, rock, swing, blues, big band orchestra and jazz. The aperitivo is quite extensive and in an all you can eat buffet style. With it's high ceilings and floor to ceiling bar display, you could be mistaken for thinking you've walked into a New York club. After the live music ends, a DJ sets closes the evening. METRO: Piramide, TAXI from center around 15 euro.


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