Rome is not especially known for its bar scene, but there are jewels hidden away between the many Irish pubs scattered around the late-night piazza Campo dei Fiori. Rome has some great cultural bars, many of blending vintage cool with the classic Italian sense of style, and showing art and live music.Here we reveal Rome’s best watering holes.
Smack in the historic center of Rome, the First Art Luxury Hotel is a new five-star boutique hotel whose rooms and halls showcase contemporary, international artists. But you don’t have to stay in the hotel to enjoy the hotel’s elegant rooftop terrace where there is a bar and restaurant. The view from the top takes in the Pincian Hill, the domes and rambling rooftops of Rome’s historic centre. The bar at the First Art Luxury Hotel is an ideal place to come for a pre-dinner aperitivo while the sun is going down if you’re planning on having a special evening. Or there is the lounge bar of First Art Luxury Hotel, which is open all year round. At the lounge you can sip at a cocktail, eat finger foods and admire the artworks on display.
The Hotel Locarno is a historic Rome staple located in the city centre. A step inside sends anyone back in time to the 1920s. Antiques of art deco furniture give an irresistible charm to the place and draw writers, artists and actors to the hotel’s rooms, of which no two are alike. Even if you’re not staying at the Hotel Locarno, you can still come and hang out in its bar. Outside in the metal garden chairs or inside the bar on the sturdy high stools there’s plenty of space to have a cocktail and admire the refined, timeless atmosphere.
Hotel Locarno, Via della Penna 22, Historic Centre, Rome, Italy, +39 06 361 0841