Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Rome

Zest
Another of Rome's finest rooftops, this place positively screams Miami/New Hamptons glamour with its azure swimming pool and curvy, Modernist architecture.
Stravinskij Bar
If you don't manage to rent a room alongside George and Brad in the timelessly glamorous Hotel de Russie, slip confidently into the bar for an early evening, or
Salotto 42
A small yet sophisticated bar just off Via del Corso in the atmospheric Piazza di Pietra.
SAID dal 1923
Cosy and romantic, S.A.I.D. is one of San Lorenzo's top atmospheric spots, and one of the few chic ones.
Rhome
Although it takes itself a tad too seriously, the atmosphere here is generally lively and fun.
ReD
This perpetually trendy design bar and restaurant is a great choice if you plan to attend a concert in the same complex of the Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome's temple of classical and acoustic music.
Open Baladin
Eclectic, decadent, with the best and largest offer of local artisanal beer in town, in one word: wonderful.
Ombre Rosse
Ombre Rosse will never be perennially cool or stylish, but it is reliable, the atmosphere is warm, the beer is cold and its location is without rival for whiling away a mellow evening in Trastevere.
Necci dal 1924
Despite undergoing a dramatic refurbishment, Necci dal 1924 still retains the flavour of the days when artists such as film director Pier Paolo Pasolini hung out in the neighbourhood getting inspired and making history.
Libreria del Cinema
One of the few bastions left in a neighbourhood that's being swallowed up by mass tourism, this bookshop/wine bar can be found on Trastevere's coolest and prettiest street.
La Terrazza dell’Eden
Jonathan’s Angels
If you've never been to a bar to just specifically check out its outlandish loos, then this might be a first, and one not to regret.
Il Goccetto
Under a discreet sign saying nothing more than 'vini e oli' ('oil and wine') lurks an authentic Roman wine bar in a medieval bishop's house amid the crumbling palazzi on the lovely Via dei Banchi Vecchi.
Il Boccone
A relaxed, inexpensive and yummy lunch break in the heart of the city.
Ice Club
A very new arrival to the burgeoning bohemian scene in beautiful Monti, this will surely help Romans keep their cool when temperatures and humidity soar.
h club>doney
Although the Via Veneto has certainly outlived its former 1960s heyday, the lounge bar H Club Doney, next door to the Westin Excelsior, still manages to retain
Giulio Passami l’Olio
A veritable institution in the golden triangle of hotspots behind the detritus of tourism around Piazza Navona.
Galleria Santa Cecilia
This is another popular, minimalist bookshop and wine bar of the style that's infesting Roman drinking haunts of late.
Freni e Frizioni
The younger, rowdier sister bar to Societe Lutece has found a home in an old garage perched on the Lungotevere just by Ponte Sisto.
Etablì
Chandeliers, original workbenches, antique lamps and leather sofas from the early 20th century contribute to the great atmosphere in this charming wine bar just a few steps from Piazza Navona.
Barnum Café
By day, Barnum Café is a cosy coffee shop in Rome’s Parione district, and by night it transforms into a bar serving some of the city’s best craft cocktails.
Bar San Calisto
A veritable Trastevere institution, this bar is a meeting-point and melting-pot of local characters, out-of-work actors and fun-loving criminals.
Bar del Fico
A perennial favourite, Bar del Fico sits behind the late-night detritus of the now rather tacky Piazza Navona and attracts a consistently cool crowd of revellers who gather under the canopy of the bedecked fig tree supping cocktails 'til the wee hour
Bar à Book
A quirky and happening spot on the edge of the arty San Lorenzo area that comfortably marries the intellectual rigours of books and booze.
Antico Caffè della Pace
Bar della Pace (as it's colloquially known) has always been earmarked as one of Rome's dolce vita hotspots, where the beautiful people go to see and be seen.
Antica Enoteca della Croce
This perennially popular bar/restaurant boasts great food and a plethora of wines.
Antica Biblioteca Valle
Although predominately a restaurant, this glass box behind the Teatro della Valle drums up more of a crowd for drinks than for dinner.
Al Vino al Vino
Sophisticated yet lively this Monti wine bar is perfect for chatting over a plate of cheese and salami.
7th Heaven Bar
On a balmy summer evening, there are few sexier places to sup a clandestine cocktail than the roof terrace of the Aleph Hotel.

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