The weather is hot, the nights are long, and Rome’s nightlife is buzzing with seasonal pop-up bars and festivals to celebrate the summer months. From secret gardens decked out in fairy lights to river hangouts reminiscent of bars in Berlin, these temporary spots lie off the beaten path and are local favorites. As with all good things, they don’t last forever so check out these bars before the end of September to soak in the real Rome this season.
This secret garden lies within the 19th-century Neo-Baroque Villa Brasini and is a real treat for the senses. The atmosphere is incredibly evocative: enter an enormous regal gateway (normally closed to the public) to find yourself in a shaded garden that is outfitted with mismatched furniture, hanging lights, and vintage touches. Le Jardins 489 is located within the buzzing Ponte Milvio neighborhood, the crowd is chic and largely Roman.
Le Jardin 489, Via Flaminia 489, Rome, Italy, +39 347 902 5248
A garden worth checking out in northern Rome is the summer pop-up Le Miracle, run by the same owners who operate the Argot speakeasy by Campo de’ Fiori. It’s inside the Rome Philharmonic Academy just steps from Piazza del Popolo in a lush space teeming with bamboo and the sounds of string instruments playing in the background. Come here for a dose of culture to accompany your cocktail.
Le Miracle, Via Flaminia 118, Rome, Italy, +39 06 320 1752
Rome’s industrial Ostiense neighborhood breaks with the architecture and atmosphere of the historic center. Its iconic abandoned gasometer has become a mainstay of Rome’s skyline — even being likened to a sort of industrial Colosseum. Having fallen into disuse and, the surrounding area is seeing a revival and a summer festival of bars, music, and events has been taking place each year. Stop by for a youthful atmosphere and a touch of industrial flair.