The best aperitivo bars in Rome
Whether you’re a local or a visitor, you can’t miss out on aperitivo, namely Italian happy hour. It doesn’t matter which day of the week it is, from 6pm – 9pm, Romans love to indulge in this delicious ritual. We get off work and meet with friends to have some drinks and nibble on some yummy food. From wine to beer and cocktails, the drink selection is vast and also includes nonalcoholic drinks. Depending on the bar you’re at, the happy hour formula changes. You can either have a happy hour buffet included with your drink, some complimentary chips, nuts and olives included with your drink, or choose from a happy hour menu where you pay your food separately. I’m more of a “choose your own items from the menu” type of gal! Here, I’ve selected some of my favorite aperitivo bars in Rome!
Tucked away on a small side street of Via Crescenzio, footsteps from Via Cola di Rienzo and Piazza Cavour, you’ll find this charming shabby-chic locale. Cozy, intimate and trendy are the adjectives that best describe this bar e frequented all hours of the day. But my favorite time to visit Sorpasso is during aperitivo, where you’ll be sipping velvety red wines and tasting knife-cut cold cuts and cheeses coming from their charcuterie station. There is both an indoor and outdoor area, the setting is warm, with stacks of wine bottles, hanging prosciuttos, vaulted brick ceilings and a pleasant atmosphere. A heads up: this place is always packed, so don’t get here after 6.30pm for aperitivo. In case you don’t find a table, you can always order a glass at the counter and enjoy it outside!
📍 Via Properzio, 31/33
⏰ Monday – Friday 7.30am – 1am / Saturday 9am – 1am
💰 €15 +
Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi (Jewish Quarter)
If you’re the type who believes cheese is its own food group (I’m not judging), then you absolutely can’t miss an aperitivo at Beppe e i suoi Formaggi. Nestled in Rome’s historic Jewish Quarter, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill cheese shop. We’re talking mouthwatering, artisanal cheeses that you’ve probably never heard of but will dream about long after your trip is over. And the wine? Let’s just say Beppe’s got taste—each glass is hand-picked to complement the cheese board of the day. The staff aren’t just servers; they’re storytellers, ready to take you on a culinary journey through Italy’s finest dairy and vineyards. So go ahead, indulge a little (or a lot) and elevate your aperitivo game to new, delicious heights. To make sure you get a spot in this tiny bottega make sure to call and reserve a table.
📍 Via Santa Maria del Pianto, 9A/11
⏰ Monday – Saturday 11am – 11.30pm
As you savor the art of aperitivo in Rome, why not dive deeper into the world of Italian wines? Consider embarking on a wine tasting journey at a family-run winery near Campo de’Fiori. The winery offers an intimate wine tasting experience in a picturesque setting paired with 6 exquisite Italian wines and artisan charcuterie, cheeses, and other gourmet snacks as your sommelier host explains the history and terroir of each. Book your wine tasting experience here.
Swing by at Duke’s at 7pm to have the best happy hour in Rome. You won’t find anything like it in terms of variety, presentation and price. Food and drinks are 50% off during happy hour (7pm – 8.30pm), so it’s the perfect time to taste those Duke’s signature cocktails, and there is one in particular you have to try: the COSMOPOLITAN! Along with great cocktails (and/or wine and beer) order some delicious food, from guacamole to tempura and sushi all the way to filet mignon bites with different yummy sauces. My favourites are the footloose, angus tartare, angus royal, tuna tartare and the tempura. Definitely don’t get here after 7pm as you’ll have to wait in line for a table!
📍 Viale Parioli, 200
⏰ 8.30pm – 12am Tuesday – Saturday (Sep-June) / Monday – Friday (July – August)
💰 €15 +
After a stroll in the center, or after an art exhibition, you cannot miss out on aperitivo. And happy hour at Zuma is definitely where you should go. On the fifth floor of Palazzo Fendi, you will find Zuma’s beautiful rooftop bar. A beautiful view of Rome and the Spanish Steps, along with chill-out vibes floating in the air, an in-vogue atmosphere and Zuma’s wow signature cocktails are just some of the reasons why you have to go. And of course, what kind of aperitivo would it be if you couldn’t nibble on anything? Lucky for you, Zuma thinks of everything, and its delicious snack list is waiting for you (order the crunchy tempura). Aperitivo starts at 6pm.
📍Via della Fontanella di Borghese, 48
⏰ Sunday – Thursday 6pm – 1am / Friday – Saturday 6pm – 2am
💰 €15 +
Terrazza Borromini (Piazza Navona)
From spring to fall, Terrazza Borromini is the go-to place for a fantastic aperitivo with a view. As the name suggests, Terrazza Borromini is a rooftop bar, located on the last floor of the Eitch Hotel. As you arrive to the terrace, your jaw will drop because of the view. From Piazza Navona to the Pantheon and the Supreme Court, you can see pretty much everything from here. The view is absolutely sensational and the place is very chic with lovely wrought iron sofas. For drinks, go for a refreshing glass of white wine or with the signature cocktails. Included in the drink price are two small tasting plates of whatever is on the menu that day. Definitely a place not to miss. Just a heads up, there are no umbrellas on this rooftop bar, which means there’s nothing to provide shade from the sun in the hot summer months so don’t get here too early! A reservation is a must at Terrazza Borromini, and be sure to specify that it’s for the rooftop bar and not the restaurant!
📍Via di Santa Maria dell’Anima, 30
⏰ Monday – Sunday 12pm – 12am
Panificio Nazzareno (Ponte Milvio)
If you’re a pizza and cold-cuts lover, Panificio Nazzareno will be love at first sight. Just like their neighbouring bar Charlie Vini & Cucina, expect amazing happy hour boards and great wines and cocktails at Panificio Nazzareno. It’s right on Piazzale di Ponte Milvio, next to Aristocampo, and is a major address for aperitivo in this neighbourhood. You can either have a glass of wine, a bottle, a beer or a cocktail, and taste some delicious small homemade pizzas with delicious toppings and yummy cured meats. The service is friendly and efficient.
📍 Piazzale di Ponte Milvio, 35
⏰ Monday- Sunday from 7am – 2am
Antica Latteria (Campo de’ Fiori)
A stone’s throw from Piazza Farnese and Campo de’ Fiori, this cocktail bar is what happens when you combine Roman charm with Spanish flair. Once an old-school milk bar (“latteria” in Italian) run by two endearing sisters, it’s been transformed by Manuel “Manolo” Ros into Rome’s coziest cocktail nook. Manolo is the kind of guy who ditched his corporate job to chase a dream and now serves killer gin tonics in a setting that looks like your coolest friend’s living room—if your friend had an obsession with both modern design and ’50s nostalgia. Marble tables, vintage vibes, and a staff that knows their Jamon Iberico from their prosciutto—what’s not to love? The downside is that you can’t make a reservation so fingers crossed!
📍Viale Parioli, 144
⏰ Monday – Thursday 6pm – 12am / Friday – Saturday 6pm – 2am
La Zanzara (Prati)
Situated on Via Crescenzio, footsteps from Piazza Cavour and Piazza del Risorgimento, La Zanzara is one of Rome’s trendiest bars and restaurants. While it’s also very famous for its restaurant, my favorite part of La Zanzara is its aperitivo. If you intend to indulge in a yummy happy hour, don’t arrive after 6.30pm, you won’t find a free table. From 6.30pm – 8.30pm they serve their happy hour finger foods to your table, where you can choose from a variety of small portion finger foods, from zucchini flower tempura to melanzane alla parmigiana and other creative recipes while you sip your cocktail, wine or beer. There is both an indoor and outdoor area and the setting is very fashionable.
📍Via Crescenzio, 84
⏰ Monday – Friday 7.30am – 2am / Saturday – Sunday 8am – 2am
Ai Tre Scalini (Monti)
If you’re strolling through the Monti neighbourhood in search of the perfect aperitivo spot, you have to get yourself to Ai Tre Scalini, an institution in Monti. It’s a truly enchanting place with a homey atmosphere, vaulted ceilings and wooden table and chairs. Stacks of wine bottles, yummy regional food, and a friendly service await you. Sit down, order a glass of wine and a cold cuts and cheese plate to start off, and then go ahead and taste some of their cooked dishes. All products and seasonal, so check the blackboards to see what’s available! Just a heads up, this place is always crowded, try getting here before 7pm or you’ll have to wait a bit!
📍Via Panisperna, 251
⏰ Monday – Sunday 12.30pm – 1am
Il Goccetto (Campo de’ Fiori)
Trying to stumble upon the perfect Roman wine bar? Il Goccetto is the place! A cozy atmosphere, a charming decor typical of an historic enoteca and delicious food proposals. If you’re into wine, this is for sure the perfect place to stop for happy hour. Step inside to be welcomed into a tiny, rustic and homey space, adorned with 800 different wine labels! Yes, you read that right! And it gets better, if you’re in the mood for just one glass of wine, their wine by-the-glass list has over 60 different wines which change all the time! It’s the perfect occasion to do some wine tasting! And not just wine tasting, Il Goccetto also has delicious cold cuts and cheese plates for you to order, as well as other yummy food to nibble on!
📍 Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14
⏰ Monday 6.30pm – 12am / Tuesday – Saturday 12pm – 2.30pm, 6.30pm – 12am
Cured meats, cold-cuts and cheeses await you at Ercoli Parioli. Expect delicious happy hour boards, outstanding wines, a friendly staff and a Vermouth bar! Ercoli is the perfect place to indulge in Italian and international treats, from patanegra to parma ham, to truffled cheeses and different types of breads, this is happy hour oasis! There’s both an indoor and outdoor area, the indoor looks like a mix between a shop and a bistrot, and has a Salumeria counter where you can admire all of the fresh products (and even buy them)! The cured meats and cheeses are delightful, as is their wine selection, just a heads up, it’s a bit expensive, but they have now introduced a happy hour formula: with €12.50 you get a drink plus a happy hour board from 6pm – 8.30pm!
📍 Viale Parioli, 184
⏰ Sunday – Wednesday 9am – 1am / Thursday – Saturday 9am – 2am
Blackmarket Hall (Monti)
📍 Via de Ciancaleoni, 31
⏰ Monday – Sunday from 6pm – 2am
In the hip Monti neighborhood, footsteps from the Colosseum, you’ll find this cocktail bar that resembles a 1920s speakeasy. Walk down the stairs to be catapulted in a super cool ambiance with background music floating in the air, dimmed lights and beautifully prepared cocktails. There’s also a small outdoor space with tables, heated during the winter, of course! If you stop by for aperitivo, from 6pm to 8.30pm you can choose from a variety of tasting plates, each served with a complimentary drink from the aperitivo section. I had the Veggy tasting which was delicious! The cured meats and cheese one is also an A-lister.