5 charming places to sip on an aperitivo in Rome
1) Chorus Café
This elegant cocktail bar and restaurant, in the mezzanine of the Auditorium della Conciliazione, with muted lighting and a pared down look, serves refined drinks, created by the expert mixologist Massimo D’Addezio. The list of signature cocktails includes the Chorus Sauar (sic), Bloody Max, 17 e Mezzo and Japanese 75. All alcoholic beverages cost 15 euro. For the over-35 crowd.
2) Il Baretto
Tucked away on the slope of the Janiculum Hill, this is a great spot to sip on a drink especially during the warmer days, as you can sit at a table on the terrace, surrounded by leafy trees. Plentiful food comes for free with the purchase of a drink during aperitivo hour. There’s often a DJ set.
A ‘gastro pub’ – the yin to the yang of a wine bar – where they place great emphasis on pairing the right beer with the right dish. They have 12 craft beers on tap. They also serve natural wines, with no additions during the winemaking process. The aperitivo is generous, with 15 buffet items for just 9 euro, including your drink.
A place that’s good any time of the day, from breakfast to lunch. But the best time to head there is around aperitivo, from 6 pm to 9 pm every day, when they serve a lavish buffet with pasta, pizza, salads, focaccia, potatoes, and Nutella bites. Still hungry? Stay for dinner!
5) Core Bistrot
There’s a Zen-like, post-industrial simplicity to Core: exposed brick walls, geometric wrought-iron tables with unfinished wooden tops, lighting fixtures that look plucked out of a coal mine. You’d never guess it was a former gambling house. Cuisine consists of cold antipasti, with craft beer, wine, and cocktails.
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