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Restaurants in Rome-by-Night

Big Hilda Café  


Nights with Big Hilda...

This is a small, poster-covered pub in the Trastevere heartland (on Via del Cinque, 33, off Piazza Trilussa). Good beer and a thriving in-off-the-street crowd gives the place a throbbing vibe until late. It’s actually cozy. To eat: bruschette, salads, toasted sandwiches, pancakes, cold meats and cheeses. Open 6.30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday Noon to 2 a.m. No dance floor. — David Amory

Visa/Mastercard  
Piazza Trilussa, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.580.3303
Open Daily


Big Mama  


Blues in Rome.

Around since 1984, the beginning of Rome’s second-phase decadence (read Craxi Socialism), Big Mama is probably as serious about (white) blues music as anyplace in the city, though "House of the Blues in Rome" may be carrying things too far. Beers, good cocktails and a minimalist menu. The club opens at 9 p.m. with the first show at 10:30 p.m. Usually closed Sunday through Tuesday, but check the site for bands and gig dates. You need to buy a monthly or seasonal pass (€8 or 13) to enter. — David Amory

Major Credit Cards  
Vicolo di San Francesco a Ripa, 18, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.581.2551
http://www.bigmama.it
Closed Sundays, Closed Mondays, Closed Tuesdays


Cafè Joia  


Joy-boys...

Italians call Joia pettinato, which is to say it attracts a well-groomed crowd. Whether you come to this Testaccio spot in knock-offs or the real thing doesn’t matter if you're hot and know how to market it. No wonder the dance crowd comes more to show off than dance, at least until midnight, when bella figura is more easily discarded. The theme here is white, walls, tables, etc. And brands, Absolut, Red Bull, etc. Plenty of 20-to-40 movers and shakers, not to mention a whole lotta would-be lovers. Dance small is floor, but it spills onto the roof garden in summer. Great drink menu and appetizers. Be prepared to wait to get in. — David Amory

Major Credit Cards  
Via Galvani, 20, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.574.0802
http://www.joiacafe.it
Open Daily


Freni e Frizioni  


Mojitos in style.

The space once housed a hole-in-the-wall auto mechanic, which accounts for ultra-narrow interior and name, which means "Breaks and clutch." Cocktails are a strong suit (great Mojitos!). Food (for lunch and late) is also more appetizing than in many similar night spots. Get used to standing because sitting isn’t happening late at night, except through pure dumb luck. Open 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday brunch. — David Amory

Visa/Mastercard  
Via del Politeama, 4, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.5833.4610
http://www.freniefrizioni.com/
Open Daily


Friends Art Café  


Piazza Trilussa, calling...

A hot spot for foreigners and pickup artists, this Trastevere café (named for TV’s "Friends") gets a large American presence because of its proximity to John Cabot University, among the largest campuses in town. Lots of chrome and minimalist seating. Aperitivo plate includes sandwiches, salads, bruschette, grilled vegetables and cold-cuts. Daily: 7-9 p.m. Price range is between €4.50 and €8. Open until 2 a.m. — Nicole Arriaga*

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza Trilussa, 34, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.581.6111
Closed Sundays


Goa  


Ethno-chic at Goa.

Lots of jungle, hip hop, techno, and tribal music in this ethno-chic Ostiense throbber. Goa is heavy on steel, colors and the industrial feel. Tuesday is gay night. The disco area spreads out around a central bar and groups of sofas. The finger food is acceptable, but irrelevant. The whole place can fit 700 people, and when you get to that number you’d better not be interested in eating. Nearest Metro stop is B-line Garbatella, but with the final trains around midnight that isn’t going to help you as dawn nears. Open 11 p.m.-3 a.m. Tuesday-Saturday. — David Amory

Visa/Mastercard  
Via Giuseppe Libetta, 13, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.574.8277
Closed Sundays


Habana  


Heat per square centimeter...

Cuba libre, mojito, caipirinha… they're all staples at this Latin American wannabe. There’s also acceptable food, bottled beer, and well-shaken cocktails. For a dance dive, this is tiny (we’re in Pantheon territory here, where real estate runs €20,000 per square meter). The amount of humanity per square centimeter can leave you breathless. So can the hot crowd. The bar spots and tables, once taken, stay that way. Dancing is in the back, and once it starts it doesn’t quit. Happy Hour mood and music until 11 p.m., when the flesh comes out. — David Amory

Visa/Mastercard  
Via dei Pastini, 120, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.678.1983
Closed Mondays


Jonathan's Angels  


J likes himself... a lot.

You’d think this is a left-over biker bar somehow beamed from 1970 Altamont to latter day Piazza del Fico, but no. Tacky yes, thanks to the eccentric tastes of the eponymous Jonathan. There are obvious nods to Andy Warhol, the Hell’s Angels, and tacky bits of well-traveled Americana. Otherwise it's cocktail, beer and live piano music in a wonderfully central setting. If you’re lucky the fortune-teller will show up. Oh, and the bathrooms are shrines to picaresque Jonathan. Open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. except on Sunday, when it opens at brunch-time. — David Amory

Visa/Mastercard  
Via della Fossa, 16, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.689 3426
Open Daily


Momart Restaurant Café  


Wood-oven pizza...

A place to see and be seen. This trendy restaurant-pizzeria attracts a young preppy and pretty crowd near Piazza Bologna, a neighborhood largely populated by Italian university students. For the price of a drink, Momart offers wood-oven pizza, sandwiches, pasta, cheese and cold-cuts. The mojitos are highly recommended here. Daily, 7-9 p.m. Cost: €8 (Mon.-Sat.), €12 (Sunday). Overall, always open 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. — Nicole Arriaga*

Visa/Mastercard  
Viale 21 Aprile, 19, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.8639.1656
http://www.momartcafe.it/index.php
Open Daily


Radio Londra  


Industrial awareness...

Give me your pierced and your poor, or both. The owners give the place a "V-for-Vendetta" look, militarism as a theme. A pub and pizzeria hover above the dance floor. The music is live four nights a week, most of the time. Open until 4 a.m (and don’t bother coming in until 11 p.m.). No cover charge but they will hit you with an annual membership fee. Near gay dive L'Alibi, means there’s a mixed crowd in here. The 95 bus drops you nearby. — David Amory

Major Credit Cards  
Via Monte Testaccio, 67, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.575.0044
Closed Sundays


Riccioli Cafè  


Politicians + models = sushi.

Mix and mingle with those who run in political circles at this sushi bar/seafood restaurant located near the Senate (a block from Piazza Navona). Young Massimo Ricioli runs the show and political celebrities are often spotted rubbing elbows here — with models also in the mix. Aperitivo includes sushi rolls, mini-bruschette with crab dip. You can opt for more substantial fare, including sashimi platters (€30) and even roast beef with green apples. Aperitivo served daily, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: €7. Overall, open 8 a.m.-2 am. Closed for two weeks in August. (See separate review by Judy Edelhoff under "Centro Storico"). — Nicole Arriaga*

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza delle Coppelle, 10/A, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6821.0313
http://www.ricciolicafe.com/
Closed Sundays


Société Lutèce  


Night lighting...

This bar/café/brasserie is tucked away in small piazzetta just behind Rome’s famous and super-central Bar della Pace and attracts a mixed crowd of young business professionals and artsy bohemians (it also has a branch in Turin). Aperitivo includes rice salads, cold pasta, couscous, vegetables and fruits. Strongly recommended that you arrive early if you want to snag a table. As seats fill up, the crowd tends to spill out into the piazza. Hence, standing-room only. Aperitivi served Monday-Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Cost: €4.50-€6. — Nicole Arriaga*

Major Credit Cards  
Piazza Di Montevecchio, 16, Rome, IT-RM Map
Tel. 06.6830.1472
http://www.societe-lutece.it/
Closed Sundays



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