Where to have drinks near Spanish Steps?
This area has a huge range of choices, from serious wine bars to posh cocktail bars to jazz clubs and more.
On this page about where to get drinks near Spanish Steps, you'll find:
One option for drinks near Spanish Steps is a wine bar, or enoteca. A true-blue enoteca will offer a varied menu of wines by the bottle and by the glass, and should also have someone on hand, hopefully a sommelier, to assist you with your choice.
Many enotecas also offer something to eat, from simple appetizers to a full-course meal.
There are not actually that many dedicated wine bars near the Spanish Steps, but for serious wine-lovers or for anyone who wants to delve into the Italian wine scene, here are the best in the neighborhood within walking distance:
Antica Enoteca on via della Croce is a Rome institution, supposedly on the Rome scene since the 18th century.
I love the dark, cozy, homey, unpretentious atmosphere.
My favorite way to enjoy this spot is to meet friends on the early side, before it fills up, and to sit at the bar (although I did sit outside once for dinner.)
To be honest, Antica Enoteca is not quite a true-blue wine bar in the real sense.
They do not concentrate on having the best wine list or lots of interesting choices in a given category of wine. But you can try wines by the glass, and there is a fair selection by the bottle too. And their aperitivo snacks are pretty good.
So come enjoy the ambiance in one of Rome's oldest wine bars, right near the Spanish Steps.
The first time I went into Vyta for a shopping break, my friend and I sat at the bar and asked for a glass of Sangiovese.
No, they didn't have that.
OK; how about a Morellino di Scansano.
Nope. So . . . what do they have?
Well, all wines from the Lazio region of Italy. (Rome is in the region of Lazio, Latium in Latin.)
We enjoyed some interesting tastes of some rather obscure local wines.
So if you want a lovely wine-bar break, and to try some really local wines, this is the place. They also have a full menu if you want to eat here.
Enoteca Buccone can definitely be classified as a true enoteca.
At first glance it seems they are a wine emporium, or wine shop. They have floor to ceiling displays of hundreds of wines but also balsamic vinegars, olive oils, liqueurs, chocolates and more specialty gourmet foods.
But you can also do some wine-tasting in the back, and, during meal hours, even enjoy a very fine, if simple, home cooked meal. A great place for casual drinks near Spanish Steps, especially if you want that local feel, and an easy way to keep costs low.
Maybe because the Spanish Steps is considered a posh, upscale neighborhood.
Maybe because the top of the Spanish Steps offers some gorgeous views of Rome.
Whatever the reason, a rooftop bar is definitely an excellent choice for drinks near Spanish Steps.
As you can imagine, if you want to go for drinks near Spanish Steps and enjoy a beautiful view, you can expect it to cost you.
So the below options are for when it's really about the experience and you don't mind splurging a bit.
Il Palazzetto, run by the 5* luxury Hotel Hassler just across from it, sits in one of the most prime locations in Rome, just overlooking the Spanish Steps (in fact, the best view is actually of the steps themselves, rather than Rome rooftops and church domes.)
With its spacious elegant two-level terrace, and a unique view overlooking the Spanish Steps from the side, it's an excellent place to enjoy a glass of wine and snack at the end of a long shopping day.
In May 2019, the Hotel de la Ville reopened after a long renovation. They unveiled their rooftop terrace which became an instant hit.
Cielo bar at the Hotel de la Ville is an excellent spot for drinks near Spanish Steps with a view.
The terrace is huge. It's even on two levels. And while the views are not actually some of the most beautiful (depending on where you sit, you may have some piping and water tanks in your immediate view), it does offer excellent overall views across the city, with the inevitable dome of Saint Peter's in the background to make up for any other shortcomings.
It's an expensive spot for drinks near Spanish Steps but definitely worth the splurge.
Not far from the Spanish Steps is the flagship Rinascente Store. This large indoor department store offers everything from shopping to a hair salon to Roman ruins in the basement to a top-floor food court, plus amazing facilities with bathrooms and accessible-friendly access to all floors.
The Up Sunset Bar with a mixology counter is designed for quick meals such as sandwiches, salads, and desserts in a glass jar.
And above that, on the roof, you will find the Up Sunset bar with a lovely, spacious ambiance and rooftop views. You can add it on to your shopping experience or come straight to the roof for eating and/or drinking.
I go to Zuma primarily for their excellent sushi but as you might expect from this hip spot on top of Fendi's flagship store in Rome, they also have a varied wine list and creative young bartenders who will whip up some fun cocktails that can only be enhanced by the gorgeous ambiance.
This place is lovely inside and out and they are one of the few places for drinks near Spanish Steps that gets the background music right.
On top of the Pavilion's First Art Hotel near Piazza del Popolo, you can eat and drink with beautiful views over Rome's rooftops.
One big plus about this spot is that the roof is open also in winter, although it's with an awning which does diminish the view.
If you're looking for a serious wine bar or a place with rooftop views of Rome, see the two sections above. This section is all about enjoying drinks near Spanish Steps with a cool vibe. But that doesn't meant it's only about the ambiance. I wouldn't mention them here unless they also had good drink and snack options.
Hotel Locarno is a great spot to come for a drink, inside or outside.
I love their cozy art-deco style inside bar, but the outside patio is the main attraction here (in warmer weather.)
If you come early, say 5-7 pm, it will be peaceful and you can snag the table you want.
From around 7 pm onwards, it becomes a hip hangout spot for Romans out on the town, and it can get crowded and loud.
There is nothing special about the food, wine list or drinks, but the atmosphere is great.
This is a fun and unusual option for brunch, lunch, dinner, and drinks nearby the Spanish Steps.
One of their bartenders trained at the Hotel de Russie (see below), and they also have a good selection of wines. So whether you come for the ambiance and location, or for the wine/cocktails, this is a great option for drinks near Spanish Steps.
Gregory's Jazz club is definitely not a typical enoteca.
In fact, they have a much bigger selection of whiskeys than wines. But if you want to go someplace really cozy for a drink (or even dinner), and listen to some great jazz, this is the spot. Check the jazz schedule on their site.
Found within one of Rome's luxury hotels, the most wonderful thing about Hotel de Russie's Stravinskij bar is the garden outside. The inside bar is really nice as well, with its soft lighting and soft wide armchairs in various shades of purple or grey.
But the outside is special.
It's a private courtyard, so it's very quiet, and there is never any chance of people coming to play music and/or ask you for money as they do with outdoor seating on public streets and plazas around Rome.
It doesn't really, but the backdrop of the garden is the park itself so you really feel as if you are in an oasis, some secret spot that only you and the few others there have found out about.
I consider the Stravinskij bar one of my favorite places to have drinks near Spanish Steps.
They have a pretty good wine list, even for wines by the glass. But it's their cocktails that really stand out.
And frankly, their bartenders are considered some of the best in the city.
This is one of the best places in Rome for a real, American-style martini (or Bloody Mary, complete with horseradish!)
One of the newer spots on the Rome dining/drinking scene is Il Marchese Amaro Bar.
Despite the name describing it as a place to taste amaro (bitter) liqueurs, it is so much more than that.
Located in the luxurious Via di Ripetta, L'Amaro Bar is a must on any cocktail lover's list. Old bistro style, it is definitely the counterculture cocktail bar, where people can enjoy high-quality mixed beverages.
It's got ambiance in spades, talented mixologists, and best of all, a fantastic chef serving up delicious traditional Roman food, sometimes with a little twist.
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