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Things we love:

The carbs; 60lbs of pasta are consumed per person per year, apparently. Eat, pray, love, baby.

The Coliseum – check another Seventh Wonder off the list.

Those die-hard Twilight fans who descend on the Vatican, jokes.

Police who ball hard in Lamborghinis.

Outdoor drinking – find a piazza, grab a beer/glass of wine from an enoteca and enjoy.

Things we wish we’d known:

Tourists get hustled hard.

It’s too hot in August and everything is shut.

The best way to explore is on foot – all the best things are hidden down backstreets.

Trastevere is the established drinking hot spot, but there are cooler, more underground things happening in Monti or the up-and-coming Ostiense.

Aperitivo hour (cocktails and free nibbles) is a must, daily.

Best bars in Rome
Best bars in Rome
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8 Millimetri
8 Millimetri

This bar is found in the heart of Trastever, and with its awesome dive bar styles it’s no surprise it was BarChick’s new local in Rome. Kick back and watch a movie projected on the wall, smash it at foosball Read More

Ai Tre Scalini
Ai Tre Scalini

We like our boozers with a decent backdrop, but this place is next level. Vine leaves climb over the entire outer wall of this little wine bar, all the way up the street lamp and along a telephone wire crossing Read More

Bar del Fico
Bar del Fico

After a major facelift in 2010, Bar del Fico burst onto the Roman bar scene and hasn’t looked back. Hidden away just off touristy Piazza Navona, it has retained its local vibe, though don’t think that means it’s chilled out. The Read More

Bar San Calisto
Bar San Calisto

San Calisto is perhaps the least pretentious bar in Trastevere, and the most lovable. People totally love this place. They feel some kinda bond with it; maybe because, like the truest form of love, it’s unconditional – San Calisto doesn’t Read More

Caffè Della Pace
Caffè Della Pace

Pace is undoubtedly one of the most scenic bars in the world. The setting is exquisite with jasmine and ivy draping down its Venetian plastered walls and one of Rome’s most notable churches, Santa Maria della Pace, in the backdrop. Read More

Caffe Propaganda
Caffe Propaganda

A stone’s throw from the Coliseum, BarChick was happy to find this place bustling with stylish locals as well as the occasional savvy tourist. The staff are all fun, hot and know their sh*t, and as cocktails go, we’re talking Read More

Circolo degli Artisti
Circolo degli Artisti

This place has been an east Rome institution for years. Their biggest attraction was, and still is, their size, and the fact that you can sit outside on the grassy lawn drinking away the hot summer evenings. But recently it’s had Read More

Cul de Sac
Cul de Sac

Located at the start of the winding Via del Governo Vecchio, this place hides some kinda wine thesis. They have sh*t loads of the stuff, trust. Glasses start cheap if you’re on a budget, or ask the staff for recommendations to Read More

Forte Fanfulla
Forte Fanfulla

There’s all sorts going on in this hood, but one of the most vibrant centri sociali is Fanfulla. Once located inside a garage, it’s now moved to a larger venue on the same street. But the art-house association has carried the Read More

Freni e Frizioni
Freni e Frizioni

Freni e Frizzioni is always busy. With hot young Romans spilling out into the courtyard outside and free aperitivos, not to mention the banging cocktails – we can see why this bar has earned its reputation as one of the Read More

Il Baretto
Il Baretto

If the trek up or down the Gianicolo, Rome’s BEST hilltop view, gets the better of you then Il Baretto is the perfect pit stop en route to Panorama Bar (FYI the cocktails are better here). We say come at Read More

Jerry Thomas Project
Jerry Thomas Project

Number one: don’t ask who JT is – he’s only the grandfather of cocktail conjurers. Number two: reserve. Number three: get the password. And before you say: “not another speakeasy” – hold up! If you only get one drink in Read More

Necci dal 1924
Necci dal 1924

This is one seriously inviting hangout, you can come hang here pretty much any time of day for eating, drinking or simply soaking up the Pigneto scene. It’s been going since 1924, in one guise or another, so its got Read More

Niji Caffe
Niji Caffe

Il Niji is named after the first word of a Buddhist prayer meaning from now to the future, and we think it’s bang on. Having opened in summer 2013, Niji will undoubtedly be around forever. Tucked away down an unlit Read More

Oasi della Birra
Oasi della Birra

We’re not entirely certain whether Oasi della Birra is a deli, a wine cellar or a beer bar, but it was certainly everything we could ever wish for when we discovered it on a very hot afternoon. Sit street-side, share Read More

Open Baladin
Open Baladin

There’s a trend hitting the cobbled streets of Rome in the shape of dedicated beer bars like Open Baladin. The back bar says it all with an enormous selection of beers crafted in their own brewery just down the road Read More

Salotto 42
Salotto 42

Salotto 42 is one of life’s real overachievers, the clue is in the bougainvillaea covering the entrance. Open in both winter and summer unlike many bars in Rome, and since there’s no outdoor seating we say head here on a Read More