Forget the dreaded term apericena – contraction of aperitivo and cena – the new Rome drinking trend is mixology and Roaring Twenties inspired. In fact, Rome seems to have not only caught up, but actually overtaken many of the world’s best bar scenes in a very short time, with a particular penchant for secret speakeasies. Bartending is now a craft, and Rome-based professionals have got great cocktail game.
Aperitivo in Rome normally lasts between 6pm and dinnertime, which is hardly ever before 8.30pm. The recent cocktail vogue has extended that time frame well through the night.
Provided you know the password.
Ready to be transported to the time of outlawed alcohol and tiny flapper dresses?
Continue reading a shortlist of favorite Rome speakeasies ➔ Roaring Rome as appeared on The American Magazine in Italia October 2016.
Eleonora Baldwin is a TV host, journalist, and culinary connoisseur based in Rome, Italy. Her writing appears in several food and travel publications. Her show “ABCheese” is broadcast on Italian food network Gambero Rosso. She loves guiding culturally curious, food-passionate travellers seeking experiences in Italy beyond the guidebook.