Although Rome is better known for its wine bars than its cocktail bars, the drinking scene is evolving and a variety of new watering holes have cropped up in the Eternal City championing beverages that are shaken, muddled and stirred. From swanky rooftop bars and secret garden locales to intimate speakeasies and local favorites, Rome has a wide variety of venues that will please cocktail lovers of all stripes.
Located in Rome’s gritty but gentrifying Pigneto neighborhood, Co.So. is a surprisingly upscale diamond in the rough. Short for Cocktails & Social, Co.So. features typewritten menus delivered to your table in Manila envelopes, bubble wrap coasters, an all-you-can-eat popcorn machine, and gummy bears to snack on while you sip on your bespoke cocktails. Each drink is carefully crafted and served in a unique glass, and this may be the only place where you can sample a carbonara sour: the secret ingredient is guanciale-infused vodka which adds a savory flavor to the citrus classic.