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Rome is known for its ancient landmarks, delicious food, and rich history, but we’d be remiss to not admit that one of our favorite parts of visiting Rome is something Italians have down to an art form: aperitivo. Aperitivo is, in not to many words, the Italian version of happy hour, where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink with some nibbles to eat. Alas, not all aperitivo spots are created equal. As a discerning traveler, we’ve scoped out places that are piling over with locals. Look no further, as we’ve compiled a list of the five best aperitivo spots in Rome that will have you feeling like a true Roman.

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Now, let’s explore the best aperitivo spots in Rome. Cin cin!

Freni e Frizioni


First Impression on Walking In:

Freni e Frizioni is an old garage-turned-bar in Trastevere that oozes with industrial charm. The courtyard is filled with mismatched furniture, funky decor, and a lively crowd. Walk by in the early hours of the day and you’ll miss it, but stop by at sunset and patrons will be spilling out the door, making the patio their home for the evening.

Who You’ll Find There:

You’ll find a mix of locals and international cocktail connoisseurs who appreciate creative mixology and a laid-back atmosphere.

What Are The Drinks Like?

The cocktails here are works of art. You can’t go wrong with the ultimate classic Aperol Spritz, but or “Negroni Sbagliato” for a classic Italian aperitivo.

How Is The Food?

The aperitivo spread is a highlight at Freni e Frizioni. Expect fresh bruschetta, savory crostini, and cheese platters to pair with your drinks.

Il Vinaietto

First Impression on Walking In:

This tiny hole-in-the-wall wine bar in Monti is easily overlooked but worth seeking out. The walls are lined with bottles of wine, and the vibe is cozy and intimate.

Who Will You Find Inside?

You’ll find a mix of locals from various ages and backgrounds who are passionate about wine and conversation. Expect to find the crowds pouring out onto the street.

What Are The Drinks Like?

The wine selection at Il Vinaietto is extensive, and the bartenders are knowledgeable about the different regions and grape varieties.

How’s The Food?

Il Vinaietto offers a selection of cured meats and cheeses that pair perfectly with the wine. Don’t miss the truffle pecorino!

Salotto 42

First Impression on Walking In

Salotto 42 is a chic lounge tucked away in a historic building near the Pantheon. The interiors are sleek and modern, with plush velvet chairs and a striking marble bar.

Who You’ll Find There

You’ll find a stylish crowd of young professionals and creatives who appreciate a refined aperitivo.

What Were The Drinks Like?

The cocktails at Salotto 42 are inventive and well-crafted. Try the “Kentucky Mule” or “Gin Basil Smash” for a twist on classic drinks.

How’s The Food?

Expect gourmet bites like truffle popcorn, salmon tartare, and mini sandwiches. The presentation is Instagram-worthy, and the flavors are top-notch.

Caffé Propoganda

First Impression on Walking In

Caffè Propaganda is a trendy restaurant-bar that pays homage to the Italian Art Deco era. The interiors are bold and colorful, with murals and prints adorning the walls.

Who You’ll Find There

You’ll find a crowd of locals and tourists who appreciate the fusion of Italian tradition and contemporary design.

What Were The Drinks Like?

The drink menu at Caffè Propaganda is diverse, with options ranging from classic cocktails to experimental concoctions. Don’t miss their gin-based drinks, which are a specialty.

How’s The Food?

The aperitivo selection at Caffè Propaganda features high-quality ingredients and creative twists on traditional dishes. Try the “Supplì al telefono,” which is a deep-fried rice ball filled with melted cheese.

Litro

First Impression on Walking In: Litro is a trendy wine bar in the up-and-coming neighborhood of San Lorenzo. The interiors are rustic and cozy, with natural light streaming in through the windows.

Who You’ll Find There

You’ll find a mix of bohemian locals and curious travelers who appreciate natural wine and communal vibes.

What Were The Drinks Like?

Litro’s wine selection is unique and focused on organic, biodynamic, and natural wines. For an aperitivo, try one of their orange wines or a local red variety.

How Is The Food?

The food at Litro is excellent, with a focus on fresh and seasonal ingredients. Try the white beans with grilled bread or the homemade pasta of the day.

Now that you know where to go for the best aperitivo spots in Rome, it’s time to take your taste buds on a trip. Sign up for our waitlist for our Rome Travel Guides and get 10% off your first purchase. Happy sipping!

A Local’s Guide to the Best Aperitivo Spots in Rome

PUBLISHED

Jul 4, 2023

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Italy, Rome