If the ancient Romans had the know-how and resilience to become rulers over much of the world, those qualities are still abundantly recognisable in their modern day descendants. Young Romans are unstoppable when it comes to partying. It is as though they challenge the morning light to get in the way of their dedication and commitment to some serious night-time revelry and they have an oversupply of venues in which they constantly throw down the gauntlet.
Young visitors to Rome will be awed by their day-time excursions to the city’s many and renowned historical sites, but their jaws will certainly drop when they discover night-time excursions that are fast becoming legendary. Thursday to Sunday are when partying is at its most hectic, committed and continuous; literally until happy exhaustion claims its final victim. Rome’s watering holes stand ready to imbibe a festive spirit in anticipation of a long and seemingly endless night of frivolity and dance. Pubs like Mad Jack’s are packed with enthusiasts and they serve them well.
Mad Jack’s is a typical Irish pub, which, in the hands of its young and dynamic new owner, serves up exactly what customers want. Situated at 20, Via Arenula in the heart of Rome, its wood-fired ovens provide authentic Roman cuisine, as well as a variety of salads, pasta and burgers. Big screens satisfy avid sports fans who can enjoy any of a multitude of spirits, draught beers, wines and liquors, while they raucously applaud the latest football, rugby or tennis match. The Ice Club Roma provides a unique, if shivering, alternative, although Arctic anoraks are a prerequisite. Close to the Colosseum, this bar is constructed entirely of ice, which makes those tequila or vodka shots vital to survival. There is no better place to undertake the thawing process than in one of Rome’s vibrant clubs.
54 Via Galvani, is the home of On The Rocks; a pub, dance club with music that ranges from Euro Techno to American hip hop. Dance the night away in a cloud of manufactured fog and, should hunger pangs strike, there is a small café on the street corner that provides good food 24/7. The club is extremely popular with students from around the globe, as is The Art Café on Viale del Galoppatoio 33, which is considered by many to be the current hot spot in Rome. The cover charge is pretty expensive and the dress code is trendy and chic, but with its spacious dance floors, private lounges and funky music, this club, situated in the Villa Borghese underground parking system, is always a crowded house.
Rome’s night life caters to everyone and there is a club for every musical preference. Prices vary from very affordable to OMG, but the party atmosphere is definitely not dependant on budget and is as thick, heavy and edgy in any price range. There is a night-time vibe in Rome that is almost incomparable and the Eternal City guarantees an eternal celebration of life.
Rome is a brilliant place to visit if you’re looking for a holiday to relax and sightsee in the day, and then looking for something a little livelier at night and you can fly direct from all the main UK airports. If you want to save your money to spend while you’re on holiday, consider booking direct with your hotel and using a flight comparison tool like momondo.co.uk to find yourself a good deal.
Mad Jack’s (image via tripadvisor)
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