The best speakeasy bars in Rome

If “cocktails” is the word, Argot is the answer. Located a footstep away from Campo de’ Fiori,  this fabulous speakeasy with a 1920s Parisian style is really something. No signs on the door, just a doorbell. Ring the bell and a gentleman will open the door and let you know if there are any lounge areas available, if not, just stay by the bar, it’s certainly worth it.

speakeasy bars in romeAs you walk down the spiral staircase, you’ll feel like you’ve been catapulted back in time, back in 1920s Paris (kind of like Owen Wilson felt in Midnight in Paris)! The nostalgic design with bricked walls, dimmed lights and candle-lit tables, theater seats and stools, armchairs and vintage objects, create the perfect ambiance for an intimate get-together. And while you sip your cocktail and get lost in the splendid ambiance made up of people of all ages, fantastic jazz, blues and soul background music floats in the air. Not to mention the great live music sessions they have during the week!

speakeasy bars in romeOf course, in this type of setting, you’d expect great cocktails, and indeed they are. The barmen are incredible, funny, nice and great at what they do. Just by looking at the cocktail selection you’ll have a hard time picking, from cocktails made with whisky, bourbon, gin and much more. If I may help, the Missionaire, the Papillon and Les Triangle Perdit are all unmissable.

speakeasy bars in romeArgot also makes delicious non alcoholic drinks with fresh fruits. And if you want something to accompany your drink, you can order from a selection of cold-cuts and cheeses and other finger-foods and plates that won’t disappoint! The service is friendly, passionate and talented and will make you feel right at home. And for the smokers, Argot is equipped with smoke extractors so you can smoke all you want in the smoker lounge area. I suggest you make a reservation.

***Remember that if you don’t have an ARCI card you’ll have to pay 10€ to have one as Argot is part of a cultural association.

Address: Via dei Cappellari, 93

Phone Number: +39 06 4555 1966

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday from 9.30pm – 4am

Cocktail price: 10 – 13 EUR

Membership card: 10 EUR

Accepted payment: cash only


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