Salotto 42

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Salotto 42 "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..." Rome Italy 41.8681238 12.4670435
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Salotto 42 - Lounge | Restaurant in Rome.
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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... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 10am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Salotto 42 Review

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"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..."

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 night the venue transforms into one of the liveliest spots in town where the elegant clientele gathers to see and be seen, whether inside or out on the charming Piazza di Pietra.

Once past the emerald velvet curtains at the entrance, patrons find themselves in a sleek yet comfortable environment featuring sofas and high-backed chairs grouped on animal-print rugs. An oversized TV at the back of the room plays silent, evocative films that are later replaced by more upbeat videos.

Though Salotto 42’s nighttime vibe is decidedly upscale, the hip and sociable patrons are anything but pretentious as they share cocktails and conversation with friends and strangers alike.

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Tip from Adriana:

The crowd peaks around 10pm, then starts to dwindle around midnight when people head to the clubs.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, politicians, and jet-setters, mid-20s to late 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Soul, blues, and jazz during the day, electronic and house at night. The bar participates in book fairs a few times a year.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Aperitivo buffet daily 7–9pm. Swedish menu features soups, pasta, salads, desserts, and a daily brunch.

  • Prices

    Menu €5–€8, brunch €10. Beer €6, wine €6, cocktails €10+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Chic casual to dressy.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    There’s a crowd every night, though weekends are always busiest.

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