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Where to Drink Cocktails in Rome

Jerry Thomas Rome

Over the past year and a half–and during the past month, in particular–Rome’s cocktail culture has been completely transformed. For ages, Romans were content to drink watered down Spritzes and sacherine mojitos, while tourists drank pricey, mediocre cocktails in hotel bars. A properly made drink was nearly impossible to find and the majority of bars in the city stocked industrial liquors and were tended by painfully ignorant staff with no passion for the craft. But a shift is underway and cocktail bars are finally mixing drinks that are really good, and not just by Roman standards. Here’s a round-up of my favorite places to drink, including some new arrivals on the scene like Co.So. and Litro.

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2017-02-17T15:16:37+00:00 December 18th, 2013|Categories: Rome & Lazio, Wine & Spirits|5 Comments


  1. Mitchell Weinstein December 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    While we didn’t get to try any of the brand new places, we absolutely loved The Jerry Thomas Project when we were there last month.

    Great bunch of people make it even more enjoyable. Too bad there are only a few seats at the bar.

  2. DMae December 19, 2013 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Hi Katie,
    Great info for my next time in Rome. I have long despaired of a decent martini in Rome. The only place I ever found a drinkable one was at the FCO Hilton hotel. I have been known to take the train out there just to sit in the lobby and drink a martini!

  3. s January 26, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I am so happy to hear this. Did I tell you that when I first moved to Rome (around 2003), I was given half a pint of Cointreau at a bar?? I went with some friends to a small bar in Trastevere, which was rather nice, overall. I asked for a Cointreau. I suppose the bartender didn’t know what it was, and to be nice, he POURED me HALF A PINT of Cointreau. I am not joking. I almost puked at the sight of it. Bless him. x s

    • Katie January 27, 2014 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      @shayma hahaha that is hysterical and so ridiculous. had a good laugh thinking of the look on your face when the cointreau was being poured.

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