Though Italy is most often associated with wine thanks to its historic and pervasive enological heritage, beer is becoming an increasingly popular drink and craft breweries are emerging throughout the country to meet new this new need and trend. Italians are regimented in their eating and drinking habits and they tend to enjoy a beer during an pre-dinner aperitif, or as an accompaniment with pizza rather than with a traditional meal, though a new wave of bars and eateries are challenging this tradition. In the capital, don’t miss the best craft beer bars where you can try a range of Italian and international beers.
Open Baladin emerged on the Roman scene in 2009 and has remained a great go-to bar for beer lovers in the capital. Upon entering the establishment, you’ll be greeted by an enormous wall touting a wide selection of beers: the bar has over 40 beers on draft and 100 bottled beers, so it is one of the best places to try a range of Italian craft beers in Rome. Open Baladin is also an eatery with a tantalizing menu serving burgers, salads and fries, along with a handful of other dishes. With numerous rooms and appealing decor, Open Baladin is the perfect place for beer-lovers to enjoy a satisfying lunch or dinner in Rome.
Open Baladin, Via degli Specchi, 6, Rome, Italy, +39 06 683 8989
Bir & Fud
Another craft beer bar with an eatery is Bir & Fud, a Neapolitan-style pizzeria with an extensive range of artisanal beers and mouthwatering pies. Located just steps from bustling Piazza Trilussa in Trastevere, Bir & Fud has outdoor seating, plenty of bar stools and tables out back so it’s a great bet for any mood you’re in – though it’s only open in the evenings from 6pm-2am. With 36 beers on tap and it’s long bar, it’s a delicious place to try Italy’s best craft beers.
Bir & Fud, Via Benedetta, 23, Rome, Italy, +39 06 589 4016
Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa'
Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’
Perhaps the greatest beer bar in Rome, Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’ is a hole-in-the-wall beer bar whose name translates to “What did you come here for, anyways?” This legendary spot has about a dozen rotating Italian and international beers on tap, ranging from ales and triples to lagers and stouts. Though it may sound sacrilegious to beer connoisseur, you’d be wise to opt for the plastic cup so you can people-watch while you enjoy your brew outside at one of Trastevere’s most teeming junctures.
Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà, Via di Benedetta 25, Rome, Italy, +39 06 6456 2046
BrewDog, the rapidly expanding Scottish multinational brewery and pub chain, opened its first location in Rome in 2016 and has already generated a cult following in the Eternal City. Located just around the corner from the Colosseum, BrewDog specializes in its eponymous beers though it has a number of other international craft beers available on draft as well. With 20 taps, you’re sure to find something to suit your preference.
Few travelers venture south to Garbatella but with its neighborhood feel, charming architecture and great eateries, it’s a veritable diamond in the rough. Beer lovers visiting this area should head to HeyHop for a cold pint served with a lot of heart that can be enjoyed with an exclusively local crowd. HeyHop has an international selection of beers and just under a dozen beers on tap, as well as bottles for sale alongside tools to brew your own ale at home.
HeyHop, Piazza Bartolomeo Romano, 4, Rome, Italy, +39 06 8360 1573
Nestled in the heart of Rome’s alternative Pigneto district, Birra Più is a haven for beer lovers. A bar and shop stocked with craft and vintage Italian beers, the local is small and pared down, with a dozen rotating beers on tap and bottled beers available in the fridge. If you’re into the indie punk scene, Birra Più is the perfect hangout for you, and artists will appreciate the illustrations that adorn the walls, created by local artisans.
Birra Più, Via del Pigneto, 105, Rome, Italy, +39 06 7061 3106