When hanging out at night, I’m constantly looking for places in Rome that won’t kick you out after an hour or two. Yes, Italy isn’t the land of Starbucks. Most “bars”, which here are places you can get everything from espresso to cocktails, are for quicker refreshments. While this is efficient, it’s not always the coziest experience. Whether you’re an expat in the same struggling boat, or if you’re just searching for a comforting coffee, cocktail, or snuggly dinner, here are the best places to relax in Rome.
1. Peaky Blinders Bar
By entering this newly opened hidden gem near Campo de’ Fiori, you’ll be taken back into The Roaring 20s! The space evokes both the british atmosphere of the homonymous TV show and the typical american speakeasy. The co-owners themselves will welcome you inside and walk you around, showing you their passion for the unique interior design pieces, vintage Chesterfield couches and antiquities that make the bar so special. Peaky Blinders’ motto is #your2ndhome, which definitely ranks them as one of the best places to relax in Rome at night! You’ll be able to snuggle up and enjoy one of their signature cocktails and even try their personal brand of liquor by the unique, secret taste: the Epsom Derby!
Price: €€ | Tel: +39 06 9826 2456
2. Barnum Cafe
The white-washed bricks are just the first inviting thing about Barnum. Just around the corner from Campo de’ Fiori, it is a great place for studying or working, reading, catching up with friends or refueling for more adventures in Rome. It has now become an unmissable spot for cocktail lovers traveling to the Eternal City, and locals as well. Make sure to pay a visit if you wish to have a drink while in one of the most typical and scenic areas of the city! From 6pm, enjoy your cocktail with aperitivo or their dinner menu. If you see the eggplant “meatballs,” be sure to order them–they’re to die for!
This newly renovated bar-meets-panino shop-meets-floating office is just around the corner from Piazza Navona. If you’re searching for a cozy couch you can sink into while you sip your drink, head to the back room. But, if you’re in the need of a work space or are eating a light lunch with friends, the front area is perfect for you. Speaking from personal experience, the friendly staff won’t bat an eye if you’re so comfy you stay all day. So sit, relax, read and enjoy the cozy atmosphere! Note that this is one of the few places that offers bagels in Rome, so let the celebrations begin!
Ready for a chic French and Italian fusion? Satisfy your appetite and soul from morning to night. For breakfast they have fresh french-style pastries and rich, empowering italian coffee. In the evening, enjoy their full wine and food menu with elegant yet comforting dishes. Once again, you’ll be welcome to stay as long as you wish and spend a relaxing night in Rome with friends and loved ones. Plus, the distressed décor and furniture from the South of France instantly makes you feel at home. Basically, it’s one of those places where you almost hope for rain or snow so you have an even better excuse for staying all afternoon!
Address: Vicolo delle Vacche, 9 | Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7am-1:30pm,
Sun 9am-1am | Website | Price:€-€€| Tel: +39 0697616694
This Trastevere hotspot is the perfect blend of an art gallery, bar and restaurant. In fact, the inviting Roman decadence was purposefully created to make visitors feel like they’re in an artist’s residence.
A “cozy hangout” requirement usually includes at least one couch, and they’ve got that covered here! Plus, the generous serving sizes of the cocktails is a real bonus. However, one of the coziest and most inviting qualities is their lunch buffet during the weekends. You may walk in feeling like a customer, but after laughing with the bartenders over your cocktail and watching them float among the tables and art, you’ll walk away feeling connected to the place.
Address: Piazza in Piscinula | Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 10:30am-1:30am
Fri-Sun 10:30am-2am | Website | Price: €-€€ | Tel: +39 065800681