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 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

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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...  Read More



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...  Read More

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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...  Read More

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...  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

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...  Read More



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...  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



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....  Read More


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