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Favorite Places to Drink in Rome

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Open Baladin

It's a bit sad that my best meal in Rome thus far is a burger and beer. But let me tell you, Open Baladin is legit. I've tried a lot of burgers around the world and the Capri Burger here is one of the best I've had. The meat is juicy, the bread (made by Bonci of Pizzarium) is soft and flavorful, and the...

Makasar

It's difficult to categorize Makasar, except to simply say it's an awesome tea house, book shop and aperitivo joint. Yes, all three. The aperitivo comes with wine or a well-made cocktail, and runs around 7 euros. Very affordable given the casual elegance of the place. The service is incredibly...

Draft Book

Draft Book is a great place for a drink near the Campo de' Fiori. Part bookstore and part bar, the classy interior is a stark contrast to the dinginess (albeit a fun dinginess) of the nearby piazza. An open window allows for seating with a view of the outside. Rum drinks start from 5 euros, and the place...

Freni e Frizioni

I absolutely love this place. The bartenders are friendly, the drinks are good and reasonably priced, and the outside area is the perfect place to hang with friends. It's such a hip vibe, though also casual and elegant. This will always be a Trastevere nightlife highlight for me....

Libreria Caffè Bohemien

By far my favorite bar thusfar in Rome. The bartender, Ricardo, was extremely friendly. The space is totally cool and the cocktails are relatively cheap. Five euros gets you a full menu of drinks, and there are also choices ranging from quality beers to a modest aperitivo option. Library books line...

Casa Clementina

I was guided to Casa Clementina by a local ex-pat who really liked the place. This is fortunate, as I'd probably never discover it myself. The door is unmarked, and you can distinguish it only from the number 9 and a doorman out front. Cocktails are quite pricey (over 10 euros a pop), but a closer...

The Fiddler's Elbow

Oh my GOD, how I love this place. If you're a proper American or British person craving a proper "bar," as we call it on our side, this is your place. Gino and his team run a nice, cozy little pub that serves up a variety of Irish beers on tap and hard liquors of all sorts. The place is quite spacious, offering...

Fluid

I really like Fluid. It's got pretty lights, a nice spread for aperitivo and friendly bartenders. It's located a short walk away from Piazza Navona, so it's not hard to find. The downside is that it's a bit cramped inside (warm, for me), and the drink I had ran a bit on the sweet side. Still, it's not...

Bir & Fud

From what I understand, Bir & Fud was opened by the same folks as Open Baladin, and they have some sort of partnership with Gabriele Bonci of Pizzarium with their food items. This means you get some of the best beer and pizza in Rome in one convenient Trastevere spot. It's a comfortable spot and the...

Art Two

A solid bar in Trastevere. Art Two is chic without being pretentious, the staff are friendly and they have several artisan Italian beers by 'Na Biretta. I've been here twice, once during a casual and empty evening, and once during a busy night after Freni e Frizioni. The vibe in this place is cool,...