The Best Bars In Trastevere, Rome
Bar San Calisto | © Livia Hengel
Trastevere is a center of Rome’s social life and has a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and bars. Whether your preference is wine, beer, or bespoke cocktails, we’ve got you covered with our list of Trastevere’s best bars.
Bar San Calisto
A classic. Bar San Calisto
is a cafe-bar that is open at all hours of the day and is quintessentially Roman. It attracts a mixed crowd of hipsters, blue-collar workers, unassuming tourists, young people and old people. It is a truly mixed bag, and that is its greatest charm. San Calisto is inexpensive and no-frills, so don’t come here for elaborate cocktails. Peroni beer is the drink of choice, though you can order a spritz or gin tonic if that’s your preference. You’ll be lucky if you can snag one of the coveted tables outside which make for a convivial atmosphere. Otherwise, you’ll have to enjoy your drink like the Romans: leaning up against the parked vespas in the square.
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Freni e Frizioni
Bar, Cocktails, Wine, Beer, Pub Grub, Italian, $$$
A Trastevere classic, Freni e Frizioni
is one of the neighborhood’s liveliest places for an aperitivo and a great place to enjoy delicious cocktails in a convivial setting. The bar was once a mechanic’s shop – hence the name, which means ‘Tires and Clutches’. It spills out onto an enormous piazza, meaning most patrons take a seat along the wall or stand, mingling with friends. Hip but casual, it’s a great place to enjoy long summer nights. Don’t miss the mojito, one of the best in the city.
Bar, Cafe, Italian, $$$
If crowded and rambunctious isn’t your scene, head to Niji.
You’ll need to sign up for a membership card to enter, but it’s worth it for the touch of allure and the intimate ambiance. With its speakeasy-style attitude and warm interior, it’s a welcome respite from the noise of the neighborhood. This place has a creative list of cocktails covering all spirits and styles.
Restaurant, Sushi, $$$
is new on the scene in Trastevere (they also have a location near Piazza Bologna). It offers five-star drinks in a trendy atmosphere. Billed as a tapas, sushi, and mezcal restaurant-bar, the spot excels with its tequila concoctions. With its hanging plants, moody lighting, and industrial interiors, it’s sure to appeal to aesthetes and cocktail connoisseurs alike.
Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Beer, $$$
If vino is more your style, Enoteca Ferrara
is a great bet. This restaurant-cum-wine bar has a Bible-sized wine list with plenty of labels to choose from. However, you can’t go wrong with their wines by the glass. Enoteca Ferrara specializes in Italian wines but features some international bottles as well. You pay for quality here, but the service and selection is worth the price.
You won’t be left unsatisfied with Baylon Café, worth a visit at any hour of the day. Whether you want to enjoy brunch alongside a mimosa or drop by for after-dinner drinks, the atmosphere here is always contemporary, cool and relaxed. It is spacious inside and has a dozen tables outfitted with fairy lights outside for warm evenings. Bonus: you probably came for cocktails, but Babylon whips up some delicious fruit juices that are difficult to resist.
Babylon Café, Via di San Francesco a Ripa 151, Rome, Italy, +39 06 581 4275
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
A drop-in hangout that attracts a local crowd, Big Star
is a friendly pub that plays classic rock, hosts live shows, and has a Sunday-night indie movie club during the cooler months. If you prefer alternative to chic, this is the perfect place to visit for a laid-back evening away from all the tourists.