“On an evening in Roma” - 5 must-visit bars in Rome for a date night to remember
Come nighttime, Rome takes on an even more magical dimension. You could get lost in its quaint cobbled streets and see where luck takes you… but we suggest that you keep these 5 addresses handy just in case 😉
To gain access to this speakeasy, hidden just a stone’s throw away from Piazza Navona, you’re going to need a password which changes every two weeks – so make sure you do your homework (hint: go to their website and have a look around). Once you’ve made it inside, you’ll find yourself in a handsome, classic, red-walled space, filled with elegant cream sofas and rich, dark wood, with the obligatory piano in the corner and a very well-stocked back-bar. Details count here, as evidenced by the quality of the cocktails. The focus here is on pre-Prohibition drinks, perhaps not surprisingly (they do a spot-on Sazerac and a flaming Blue Blazer, a Jerry Thomas staple), but you’ll also get a chance to learn about delicious forgotten Italian spirits.
At this gorgeous Art Nouveau winter garden located on the Aventine Hill, just a few minutes away from Circo Massimo, Michelin-starred chef Marco Martini masterfully transforms the flavors of Italian tradition into surprising creations. Treat yourself to a perfectly executed classic cocktail from the bar as you take in your beautiful surroundings – think lush greenery, soft velvet couches, stacked bookshelves and intimate gazebos under the starry Roman sky. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your memorable tete a tete with some great drinks and amazing food.
At the top of the Spanish Steps, The Hassler is one of Rome’s most prestigious and elegant hotels. It’s a vastly glamorous space, with its sweeping, curving staircases, velvet couches and curtains, and luxurious public areas. Nestled inside, the intimate but iconic Hassler Bar has been one of the top cocktail spots in the city for generations, drawing Italian high flyers and international jet-setters alike – Princess Diana once confessed to the owner that she had enjoyed the world’s best Bellini here. It’s a tranquil, hidden venue, all dark wood and deep red leather, curving banquettes and gilded mirrors on the walls, that’s tailor-made for a chic aperitif. Romantic, classic, timeless, a drink here will cost you but it’s an experience worth paying for, a slice of liquid history.
Club Derrière is what we can call a whole mood. In true speakeasy fashion, this hidden gem is not easy to find, you need a password to get in (which you will be given when you call to book), and Instagram is not allowed. The rough interior, flickering candles and electric atmosphere give the place a unique vibe, completed by a crowd of smartly dressed nightbirds who’ve come to enjoy some of the best cocktails in Rome. Elegant, precise, and resolutely modern, the drinks on the menu change regularly and always revolve on a theme, and the plush Chesterfield sofas are the perfect place to share them – along with a few late night confidences.
Exposed bricks, low ceilings and nostalgic decor, Argot is the perfect setting for an intimate rendezvous as well as an instant trip back in time. Ring the doorbell and wait to be guided down the spiral staircase. Once inside, take a minute to absorb everything that’s going on, from the eclectic array of vintage finds to the excellent live music, down to the friendly staff working away at the well-stocked bar. Then find yourself a comfortable seat, or head straight for the counter to get down to business. Argot’s surprising mixology creations are some of the best in town – trust us when we say you’re in for a real treat.