I love wine, don’t get me wrong, but do you ever get that COCKTAIL craving?

Like all you want is a cocktail?

I’m sure I’m not the only one.

The thing is that I like cocktails to be really good. And many times, let’s face it, they aren’t.

the best bars in rome, salotto 42 at piazza di pietraIf you’re walking around Via del Corso, Piazza Colonna or the Pantheon, and you feel like a happy hour or an after-dinner drink, head to trendy Salotto 42 in Piazza di Pietra.

Inevitably, you’ll be blown away by the stunning sight of the remaining Temple of Hadrian.  And if you’re having your drinks inside, you’ll feel like you’ve been time traveling.

the best bars in rome, salotto 42 at piazza di pietraAs you enter Salotto 42, the whole setting goes from ancient Rome to modern elegant. The dimmed lights, the cool vibes floating in the air, the elegant sofas and plush armchairs and the trendy yet intimate atmosphere will immediately wrap you up.

For happy hour, no need for a reservation. But I wouldn’t push your luck for an after dinner drink, so make a reservation!

the best bars in rome, salotto 42 at piazza di pietraThe cocktail menu? As usual, Salotto 42 also makes all the classic cocktails you can think of, but the best thing to do is to try THEIR cocktails. I went for a Passion Lavender and my friend Claudia ordered the Lady Brumble. I have to admit that although mine was delicious, her’s was even better (and of course I ended up ordering one of those)!

For happy hour, they serve you a small platter with rustic cake, panzanella, caponata and other finger food, but you can also serve yourself from the happy hour buffet!

the best bars in rome, salotto 42 at piazza di pietraIf you can’t decide on your drink, ask away to the bartender and he’ll know what to make you. While if one of the group members feels like some wine, no worries, there is plenty that you can choose from! Don’t forget a reservation for a late night after-dinner!

P.S. Salotto 42 is part of the World’s Best Bars and they also have bars in Capri, Copenhagen and Spoleto!


I'm the daughter of an Italian family of diplomats, the second of three children, and a global citizen. I've lived in 7 cities around the world, I have a gigantic crush on Italy and my name has been mispronounced more times than I can remember.

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