Historic Bar / Italian Restaurant
Party Earth Review Opened in 1924, Necci has enjoyed a several decades-long reputation as a chic retro bar and has recently transformed part of its space into a highly acclaimed restaurant serving homemade Roman cuisine. Although there is a homey 60s-style barroom inside, most of the venue’s seating is outside on two levels under a canopy of trees that glow with globe lights at twilight to create a festive yet easygoing environment. Benches and tables are set up in the lower level where bohemians and chatty intellectuals gather for the sumptuous aperitivo in the early evening, while the upper level is reserved for restaurant dining. With its delicious fresh menu ... more
Via Fanfulla da Lodi, 68
Rome is an incredibly historic city (in case you haven’t noticed), so it makes sense that finding an historic bar in Rome – if only based on the age of the building – is hardly a difficult task. Half this town went up back when folks took chariots to work, for Caesar’s sake, and while you won’t be slinging mead with a Roman soldier at any of the city’s drinking dens, you can definitely find a few with some impressive history.
That being said, most of Rome’s bars actually aren’t that old in terms of when they were founded, and popular spots like Fiddler’s Elbow, which touts its “long” existence, only started doling out drinks in the 1970s (insert ageist joke by snarky 21-year-old here). Casa Bleve is another example, for while this chic wine bar is located on the ground floor of a 16th-century palazzo near Rome’s Pantheon, it too only started operations back in 1970.
A good example of a truly historic bar in Rome is Necci over in Pigneto. Opened in 1924, this popular spot has enjoyed a several-decades-long reputation as a chic retro bar and has recently transformed part of its space into a highly acclaimed restaurant serving homemade Roman cuisine.
Okay, so maybe there aren’t a ton of historic bars in Rome, but there are at least plenty of amazing old buildings to ogle over a delicious glass of wine.