The best cocktail bars are known only to the most savvy and cool. Long live the Speakeasy. Our intrepid cocktail chaser - Sharla knows the code and has been checking the liquor in Rome. Here is a guest list of some of her favourite dens for underground drinking.
For some you'll need just an address, but others need detective work and a password. (Hint - Queen...!).
Put on your best smile and check out her insider tips for the best tipple.
Cheers GoUnusual !
The Jerry Thomas Project
Any exploration of cocktails will somewhere pay homage to Jerry Thomas, the amazing 19th-century bartender and pioneer of the speakeasy - a man with an eye for publicity and a flair for making people happy. He published the first drinks book in the US and was the inspiration behind this Rome palace of drink discovery. You'll it find hidden behind a non-descript door, down a dark Ciesa Nuova alleyway. Don't expect bright lights outside as you'll only find a simple brass plaque. A reservation and a password - changed regularly on their website is what you need to enter. They only accept cash and don't serve vodka.
Address: Vicolo Cellini, 30, Roma
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10pm - 04.00am.
Phone: +39 370 1146 287
The Barber Shop
Near the Colosseum, check if the barbers pole is illuminated to see if it's open. It's even possible to get a haircut !
Get: the latest info from Manager Joy Napolitano with whatsapp on: 3895086037
Open: Wed-Sat, 11:00 pm - 4:00 am
Address: Via Iside 2/4/6 - Metro Manzoni
Entry through a cupboard...
Open: Mon-Sat 10.00pm - 04.00am, Sunday 7.00pm to 2.00am
Phone: +39 393 566 1077
Entry through a freezer in a sandwich shop...
Address: via Fanfulla da Lodi, 53
Open: 7.30pm - 03.30am, Closed Tuesday.
Phone: +39 327 298 3900