While the Italian aperitivo is enjoyed all year long, there’s something about summer that just brings it to life. We’ve written several articles about aperitivo, like how to enjoy your own Italian aperitivo and where we like to go for a refreshing spritz or glass of prosecco. But new places open up and we discover more places that are serving up cool drinks and delicious bites to satisfy that late afternoon craving.
For a combination of some of the best service, bites and craft cocktails in town head to Suburra 1930. For just the cost of your drink, enjoy an assortment of savory bites prepared by the kitchen (no reheated-from-frozen pizzette here). The decadent interior features an abundance of colorful marbles, rich avocado velvet and gold accent to give serious post-prohibition vibes just minutes away from the Colosseum.
Piazza della Suburra, 13/15 (Monti)
Mon – Sun: 6pm – 1am
Sat + Sun: open for lunch 12 – 3pm
The entrance to The Corner (a hotel + restaurant + garden terrace bar) can be easily missed walking down the bustling street of Viale Aventino which connects Piramide with Circo Massimo. But up a few steps from street level and you’ll enter into a pleasant Italian bohemian terrace with wrought iron gazebos, heavy red curtains, and a marble statue of Superman. The eclectic design is well paired with a comprehensive and ambitious bar menu prepared by the Michelin-starred chef, Marco Martini. Sip on a classic negroni or try one of their adventurous signature cocktails and enjoy your own secret corner of paradise.
Viale Aventino, 121
Mon – Sat: 6pm – 2am (closed Sundays)
For a solid mix of international tourists and locals alike, head to the always-bumping Pimm’s Good in the heart of Trastevere. Whether your in the mood for a Pimm’s drink or something classic, the friendly bartenders are always smiling and aiming to please. While inside can get quite loud, especially on nights with live music – their modest outdoor curbside tables are the perfect spot for people-watching and catching up with friends.
Via di Santa Dorotea, 8 (Trastevere)
Open daily from 10am – 2am
The hip area around Ponte Milvio (a beautiful bridge and reason to visit the area in its own right) is full of great bars and restaurants (and nightlife). Panificio Nazzareno is one of the reasons. A fun, edgy atmosphere, great cocktails, and delicious cheese and salumi make for a pleasant afternoon respite.
Piazzale Ponte Milvio, 35
Open daily from 7am – midnight
For organic wine enthusiasts, you’ll find paradise at Litro one of Rome’s most well-respected, well-researched and passionate wine bars that serves exclusively organic/bio wines paired with a solid, modest menu of good food. Located in the Monteverde set behind and above the more tourist-populated Trastevere, an afternoon spent in their comfy shabby-chic interior is an afternoon aperitivo done well.
Via Fratelli Bonnet, 5 (Monteverde)
Mon – Sat 12 – 3:30pm, 6pm – midnight (closed Sundays)
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