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We have to be honest: Rome isn’t really a big party town. Besides the fact that it’s generally taboo to appear drunk in public in Italy, Romans have a special talent for nursing one drink throughout the entire night. The best clubs in the Testaccio neighborhood have a tendency to thump, but most people don’t come to Rome for debauchery. Instead, the best Rome nightlife in the city generally consists of the generic Irish pub—there seems to be at least one in every part of the city—as well as some ambient wine bars. Evening in Rome is enjoying la dolce vita, you just have to know where to look for the best Rome nightlife. Here are four places sweeter than most.
Set in a centuries-old palace on Piazza Sant’Egidio, the Artù's interior of this café-meets-pub drips with warm wood and wrought iron. Did we mention it’s near Trastevere? Or that if you come between 6:30PM and 9PM, the purchase of a drink opens the door to a bar top full of struzzichini, otherwise known as Italian snacks: wheels of cheese, mountains of sliced meat and bowls of olives. One of the best Rome nightlife for a mellow social gathering, Artù keeps the bar stocked with plenty of high-quality craft beers and there’s a long cocktail list. For the insatiable eater, there’s also a menu of hearty sandwiches and pasta dishes.
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At this rustic wine bar in Trastevere, the party spills out into the square. Or is it that the party in the square spills into Enoteca Ferrara? Whatever the case, it’s hard to go wrong here at this top Rome club. Over 1,000 bottles of Italian vino—plus plenty by the glass—all compete for taste buds with the nightly aperitivo: buy a glass of wine and a procession of free food is trotted out to the bar area until 2AM. If that’s not enough, the in-house restaurant serves up more substantial Italian fare.
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Neighborhood: The Ghetto
There’s very little chance of predicting what kind of scene you might stumble upon at this bucolic-looking bar lodged deep into the generally quiet former Jewish ghetto. It could be scene-y with celebs (and the people who love them) lurking in the shadows of the dim interior or it could be nearly empty and sedate. Either way, the baroque interior of this place is enough to warrant a visit. So sit back and sip that Campari and soda and enjoy Bartaruga for a while. On your way out, don’t miss the one-of-a-kind tortoise-themed fountain in the middle of the intimate square.
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The Al Vino al Vino wine bar, located in the charming and relatively off-the-radar Monti neighborhood is a great find, and considered one of the best Rome bars. It attracts both wine aficionados and local hipsters for its simple charms: tile-topped tables and walls lined with bottles of wine for the taking (and the drinking). The accessible, affordable all-Italy wine list is but one of the attractions: cheese plates and sliced meats accent the vino-fueled fun here. If possible try to nab one of the few tables in the front of the room for great views of the street.
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