Looking for the Best places for happy hour near the Vatican in Rome? No matter what area of Rome you are traversing, you are bound to find sinfully good restaurants and bars. That’s the beauty of having a Roman Holiday, is it not? One of my personal favorite neighborhoods for a great drink and tidbit is Prati, which just so happens to be right next to the Vatican.
Prati is one of those mythical legends in a tourist hub like Rome because it offers a quiet refuge while still being centrally located and filled with destination bars. The streets are lined with towering trees and a combination of high-end and bargain shopping, chic office and residential buildings, and most importantly, authentically Roman places to rest those adventurous feet of yours. Need to quench your thirst after your Vatican tour with one of our knowledge guides? No problem. Looking for a pre-dinner cocktail? Come on in. Need to know where to order traditional Italian drinks? Read where to find Best places for happy hour near the Vatican in Rome
This vibrant wine bar is Rome’s trendiest new restaurant in lovely and stylish Prati. If you are looking for a pre-dinner glass of wine or cocktail with appetizers, like cured meats and cheese plates, you can join like-minded Romans in the front bar. You will be able to choose from about 12 types of prosciutto and artisanal cheeses are very difficult to find in other places, like their goat cheese. Should you decide to stay for a complete dinner, you will find traditional Roman cuisine with a modern twist. The menu changes daily and also depends on seasonal produce- they don’t skimp on quality here. One of the biggest attractions of Sorpasso is the continuous service- open 7:30-1am (opens 9:30 Saturday and closed Sunday). The late night option is rare but much appreciated in our Eternal City. Make sure you reserve a table ahead if you go in the evening! Address: Via Propezio, 31-33 Phone: +39 06.8902.4554 Opening Times: Mon-Fri 7:30am-1:00am; Sat 9:30am-1:00am
Another trendsetter in the hip and cool Prati is Romeo- open since only 2012. Another all-day dining option, this is the perfect place to hop in for a refreshment pre-post Vatican tour, or even before moving on to your next Roman destination. When you walk in your nose immediately smells the fresh bakery treats like breads, pizzas, and pastries. Continue on for cured meats and cheeses, and lastly forward-thinking entrees from a Michelin star chef’s version of casual. The unique factor at Romeo is the design- set in an old warehouse where Alfa Romeos were made, the setting is very loft-like with funky chandeliers and décor. Calling ahead for an evening table is strongly recommended. Address: Via Silla, 26/a Phone: +39.06.3211.0120 Opening Times: Mon-Sun 9:00am-12:00am
If you’re looking for something closer to a pub feel with some comfort food munchies, Ris Café is right up your alley. Situated just steps away from the Vatican in Piazza Risorgimento, this bar/restaurant offers the perfect mix of locals, tourists, students, and expats who all come together for the sake of a cold beer or well-blended cocktail, burger, and fries. I love grabbing one of their outside tables and people watch in the bustling piazza. Can’t beat that combination. Address: Piazza del Risorgimento, 16 Roma Phone: +39 06.3975.4330 Opening Times: Mon-Sun 10:00am-2:00am
This is one of my favorite local spots for a classic aperitivo- the better version of happy hour in Italy. They are famous for their generously sized Spritz- a popular cocktail in Italy made with prosecco, aperol or Campari, and a splash of soda water. Caffè Portofino goes a step further, though, and adds an elaborate fruit garnish to their Spritz, as well as offering many different varieties to the classic cocktail. Starting at about 4pm, you will see Romans fill up the outdoor seating area with their Spritz and free accompanying appetizers like meats, cheese, fritti (fried yummies), and typical local and seasonal goodies. Great for people watching and soaking up that beautifully crafted Roman culture. Address: Piazza Cola di Rienzo, 116 Phone: +39 06.3211.0837 Opening Times: Mon-Sun 6:30am-1:30am
Any person can appreciate the humorous name of this bar, meets lounge, meets restaurant. About 5 minutes from the Vatican, you can find an extensive cocktail and wine menu, along with a buffet-style aperitivo and a lunch/dinner menu. Three friends decided to open Jetlag in 2012 in the hopes of creating a family-like atmosphere while, and they have certainly accomplished that. One of the owners, an enthusiastic fun-loving wine expert named Gianluca, couldn’t wait to tell me his favorite cocktail on the menu. With a charming smile on his face he answered, “We created a cocktail that encompassed the magic of our long friendship, something we wanted to share with friends that came here.” Their special drink's made with vodka, passion fruit, and cranberries. A tasty cocktail that you shouldn't miss. Address: Via Leone IV, 64 Phone: (+39) 06 39722618 Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 8:00am-2:00am
And there it is. Pre or post Vatican tour, these 5 bars will offer you a port in the tourist storm, and a comfy table with a refreshing menu. WAs always, don’t hesitate to have us make your reservations for any dining experience on your holiday. Are you looking for a nice restaurant close to the Vatican? Have a look here! And don’t forget to check out our social media for updates on where to go, what to see, and more importantly- what to eat! Want even more insider information on the best local food in Rome? Join one of our food tours. Mangia e bere tutti!
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