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June 5, 2007updated Dec 20, 2023

The 8 Best Things to do at Night in Rome

By Chris Boyle

There are a variety of options for memorable and spectacular evenings in Rome.

This is a city famous for its glamorous rooftop bar scene, so why not join Rome’s beautiful people for cocktails on an exclusive hotel terrace, with the twinkling panorama of the city in front of you. If you’ve been saving your energy, get your party shoes on for drinks and dancing at an exclusive nightspot, or unwind and broaden your horizons with a stirring performance of opera or theater. Whatever you’re in the mood for, let our top choices help you decide.

Le Grand Bar (at St Regis Rome)

Le Grand Bar at St Regis Rome

The nightly champagne evenings at this glamorous luxury hotel bar are an opulent version of the longstanding Roman tradition of aperitivo.

Le Grand Bar offers a selection of fine champagnes to be enjoyed with carefully paired gourmet appetizers, the perfect prelude to a sumptuous Michelin-starred meal or an evening out on the town. Alternatively, you can stay for a relaxed and sophisticated evening of live piano music and an excellent selection of cocktails.


Rosati opened on the Piazza del Popolo in 1922 and soon became a cornerstone of the vigorous, intellectual café and bar culture of Rome’s artists, poets and leftist thinkers.

Sip on creative and interesting cocktails, and get into the spirit of the place with some invigorating intellectual discussion that continues on into the night.

+39 06 322 5859

Piazza del Popolo 4/5a, 00187 Rome

La Maison

La Maison

It pays to look your sophisticated best for this highly exclusive club.

A famously strict door policy gives way to a glamorous interior, a buzzing crowd, late-night dancing, a sushi restaurant, and a sumptuous VIP lounge, where international stars – such as Leonardo di Caprio and Jon Bon Jovi – mingle, celebrate, sip champagne and look beautiful. In the summer La Maison moves out to a sensational spot on the Tiber River.

+39 06 683 3312

Vicolo dei Granari 3/4, 00186 Rome

Jackie O’

Glamorous piano bar and disco Jackie O’ is a celebrity favorite. The impressive club boasts a sensational interior that oozes elegance and prestige, with an A-List crowd, and sophisticated, intimate drinks with live piano music or glitzy late-night dancing. Gourmet Mediterranean and international cuisine can also be sampled, and the entire venue is available to hire for exclusive private parties.

+39 06 4288 5457

Via Boncompagni 11, 00187 Rome

Auditorium Parco della Musica

Auditorium Parco della Musica

An immense venue for arts, the stunning Auditorium Parco della Musica is at the forefront of Rome’s flourishing modern cultural life.

It hosts the biggest names and performances across a dizzying variety of genres and disciplines, from music, dance, theater, comedy and cabaret to painting, photography, journalism, poetry, science and history. The wide-ranging program has something to suit all tastes, and the Auditorium’s four atmospheric performance spaces – from the intimate 300-person theater to the immense, 3,500-person summer amphitheater – are evocative complements to the events they host. The Auditorium stands above the still-visible ruins of an Ancient Roman villa, and its own design incorporates local materials and architectural traditions, giving a quintessentially Roman flavor to the experience of the arts that it offers. Exclusive private performances can be arranged and spectacular corporate functions, from cocktail receptions to lavish gala dinners, are eagerly accommodated and organized.

+39 06 8024 1281

Viale Pietro de Coubertin 30, 00196 Rome

Teatro dell’Opera di Roma

The Rome Opera House

With acoustics to rival the world’s great auditoria, a night at Rome’s opera house can be a stirring and spectacular experience, with an acclaimed and talented opera company performing classics and recent works.

The venue also has plenty for those left unmoved by opera, including ballet and classical symphony concerts. In the summer the opera company performs at the third-century ruins of the Baths of Caracalla, an outstanding and atmospheric open-air site that complements the passion and intensity of opera. It can make for a truly privileged and spectacular experience for long-time opera lovers and skeptics alike.

+39 06 48 1601

7, Piazza Beniamino Gigli

La Terrazza (at Hotel Eden Roma)

A summer performance at the Baths of Caracalla

One of the most spectacular of Rome’s fashionable rooftop bars, La Terrazza – on the roof of the luxury Hotel Eden – is a stylish spot to spend an evening.

Its interior exudes pure elegant luxury, and a superb list of cocktails complements a heady view of this stunning city. Soft jazz in the background and a chic, sophisticated interior complete an experience which is all about relaxing in style and savoring it all – the endless view, the delicious drinks, a warm summer night and the time to unwind in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

+39 064 781 2752

Hotel Eden Roma, Via Ludovisi 49, 00187 Rome

Babington’s Tea Rooms

header-ristoranteFounded in 1893 by two English ladies, Anna Maria Babington and Isabel Cargill, and described as “a little corner of English eccentricity in Rome”, Babington’s has maintained the style and atmosphere of the period for over a century.

Spruced up with antique decor the tea rooms serve sweet and salty delicacies.Open until 9:15pm, visitors can indulge in the English delights of tea, scones, crumpets and cupcakes.
At the entrance of Babington’s Tea Room, there is Babington’s Tea Shop, filled with exclusive blends and a selection of the best teas in the world. Guests can also shop for treats such as home-made biscuits and cup cakes, chocolates, home-made jams and chutneys sweets, tea scented sugars and salts from the Himalaya and personalized tea sets, fine porcelain tea cups and teapots and a full range of accessories for brewing and tasting teas.

+39 06 678 6027

Piazza di Spagna 25, 00187

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