Lounge / Restaurant
Party Earth Review The first “bookbar” to open in Rome, the ivy-covered Salotto 42 is a trendy, upscale lounge where politicians and jet-setters alike gather to talk literature, break out a book, listen to readings, or peruse the collection of arty international magazines. While the vibe may be on the intellectual side during the day, by ... more
Piazza di Pietra, 42
Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review A welcome respite for an artsy crowd of film people, professors, professionals, and students, Solea is a charming Caribbean-themed lounge that provides an ideal place for relaxing conversation over exotic cocktails. The venue’s two rooms are comfortably furnished with velvet couches, colorful throw pillows for lounging ... more
Via dei Latini, 51
Irish Pub / Lounge
Party Earth Review With its mahogany-paneled, high-ceilinged interior and low-key daytime crowd, Scholar’s Lounge is a relaxing Irish pub with a laid-back atmosphere that becomes exuberantly busy by nightfall. Consisting of a single square room reminiscent of a chapel, the bar does in fact feature wood taken from a church in Ireland, which ... more
Via del Plebiscito, 101/b
Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review Nestled in its own little piazza, Mr. Pucci is a quaint and intimate one-room lounge that offers a quirky alternative to the usual Trastevere nightspots. The bar’s fanciful furnishings – which include vintage cinema seats connected in rows of four (for outdoor seating), stuffed leather armchairs, Dracula-esque candelabra ... more
Piazza Mastai, 18
Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review A slick and happening place, Beige is a swanky lounge that mixes progressive house and techno music with a hip and modern décor. True to its name, the lounge is decked out in soothing hues of beige, gold accents, and blond wood furnishings to create a chic and tranquil atmosphere. A long bar faces high tables and suede ... more
Via del Politeama, 13/14
Party Earth Review A narrow, cosmopolitan lounge featuring a wide range of music and various theme nights, Anima attracts a diverse international crowd that keeps the place jumping late into the night. Gold gilt walls and huge chandeliers give way to a dance floor, bar, and lounge, while an upstairs seating area with comfy couches and day ... more
Via di Santa Maria dell'Anima, 57
Party Earth Review Situated entirely underground, the unassuming Alexanderplatz Jazz Club has the exclusive vibe of a prohibition-era speakeasy and attracts an international crowd of sophisticated jazz enthusiasts, aspiring musicians, and local music students. Renowned in the 90s as the only jazz club in Italy, the venue was created in the ... more
Via Ostia, 9
Hookah Bar / Lounge
Party Earth Review A Middle Eastern hookah bar just off Campo de’ Fiori, Sciam is a peaceful haven in the midst of chaos. Sensual Syrian music, the sweet smells of flavored hookah tobacco, and an exotic décor intermingle to create the perfect environment for both relaxed and lively conversation. Divided into various levels and nooks, the ... more
Via del Pellegrino, 56
Party Earth Review A cozy jazz lounge that makes the most of its limited space, Charity Café draws a continuous and loyal crowd of jazz lovers, musicians, and singers. The charming venue features two distinct seating areas separated by an arch, one slightly off to the left with a few couches facing the raised stage, and another situated directly ... more
Viminal Hill, 68
Despite the fact that Rome isn’t exactly the party capital of Europe, Rome lounges manage to pack a good bit of diversity into the city’s nightlife scene. So for those looking for a mellow night, be it swanky or spendthrift, the lounges in Rome have a little something for everyone.
This is the city of the aperitivo, after all, when seemingly everyone in Rome gathers in the early evening to snack and sip and talk, so it makes sense that many denizens would like to carry that festive but mellow vibe long into the night. That’s where the Rome lounges come into play, especially along the largest nightlife areas in the city: Testaccio and Ostiense. In these two districts, a hip local clientele primes their future night on the dance floor by chilling in cool smoky jazz lounges or trance-filled DJ haunts, and it’s easy for anyone to find a relaxing watering hole along these neighborhoods’ winding streets to suit their tastes.
Though Testaccio especially can be pricey, those looking for budget-friendly lounges in Rome can hit up San Lorenzo – Solea lounge is an especially good bet for artsy kids pinching their pennies – or Trastevere, where quaint one-room lounges like Mr. Pucci are plentiful.
The Romans may have conquered half the world, but it seems these days they are content to chill at a plethora of lounges instead.