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
Party Earth Review With its authentic feel, dark wood paneling, and all of the standard Irish beers on tap, this classic Irish bar near Piazza Navona is the perfect pit stop for a pint or two while catching the score. Although inspired by Dublin’s historic Abbey Theatre – and decorated with portraits of illustrious actors, writers, and directors ... more
Via del Governo Vecchio, 51/53
Party Earth Review One of the most popular Irish bars in town, Druid’s Rock packs in sports-loving patrons attracted by the foosball and pool tables available in the upstairs game room, the frequent noisy bar games, and the dozen or so big-screen TVs where they can catch their favorite European sports. Although the long main bar on the ground ... more
Piazza dell’Esquilino, 1
Party Earth Review A homey and distinctly English bar in an unbeatable location, The Bulldog Inn is one of the most popular pubs in Rome and overflows with a young and boisterous English-speaking crowd just about every night of the week. Once past the oak entrance and amber lanterns, patrons are met with classic wooden fixtures, high arched ... more
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 107
Bar / Pub
Party Earth Review A San Lorenzo fixture for over twenty years, Rive Gauche 2 has been around long enough to remember the true communist days of the neighborhood that have now been replaced by a less outspoken political climate. Nonetheless, the patrons who frequent this popular bar still lean to the left and include creative types like actors ... more
Via dei Sabelli, 43
Party Earth Review Housed in a beautiful historic palazzo right off Via del Corso, Trinity College is a popular Irish pub where locals, expats, and international travelers mingle in front of the book-lined walls or relax in the upstairs reading room. Visitors shouldn’t expect a crowd of bespectacled bookworms, though – the theme is just a ... more
Via del Collegio Romano, 6
Live Music Venue / Pub
Party Earth Review A Scottish bar turned disco, the quirky Nag’s Head integrates medieval swords and armor with flat-screen TVs tuned to sports and pulsating dance music, and draws a loyal year-round crowd of outgoing English speakers. Decked out in typical pub fashion with lots of oak, checkered fabric, mirrors, and faded prints, the bar ... more
Via IV Novembre, 138/b
Seeing as the ancient Romans were never quite able to get a solid foot in Ireland, you might think Irish pubs in Rome would be lacking these days. And actually one could argue they are, though likely not as a result of retribution for failed domination thousands of years ago – more for the basic fact that nightlife in Rome isn’t exactly known for bringing down the house.
There’s still a decent assortment of Rome pubs though, predominantly in Centro, so English and Irish expats looking for a taste of home shouldn’t have to travel too far. The Bulldog Inn in Centro, for example, is a homey English pub that overflows with a young and boisterous English-speaking crowd just about every night. The Nag's Head is an equally popular pub that throws a hearty schedule of live music into the mix, while Trinity College is a popular Irish pub housed in a beautiful historic palazzo right off Via del Corso.
Outside of Centro, Druid’s Rock in Monti may be the most popular Irish pub in town, and is always packed with sports-loving patrons attracted by the foosball and pool tables, the noisy bar games, and the dozen or so TVs.
So after you’ve had the requisite aperitivo that is such a fundamental part of Italian culture, head to a Rome pub for a proper Guinness and some shepherd’s pie.