Cheapo Night Out Rome: Live music on a budget

A band at The Nags Head

By Sav D’Souza in Rome—

Rome is the Eternal City, and like other hot spots around the globe, the nightlife is pretty eternally available here too.

Next time you’re in Rome, why not check out some late night live music?  Whether you prefer mellow jazz as background noise or a wild scene (mosh pit anyone?), here are a few of my suggestions.

The Nags Head
Via 4 Novembre, 138
Getting there: Near Piazza Venezia

A variety of different acts at The Nags Head bellow out everything from Motown classics to hard rock. The place, a faux ‘Scottish pub,’ typically attracts a friendly and fun crowd.

Nightly music offerings change from week to week, though concerts usually occur from Tuesday through Thursday and occasionally on the odd Friday. Live acts start up around 8 or 9 PM and are followed by DJ sets, which go until a cool 4 AM.

Note: This place can get a little crowded and raucous. Get here early to ensure you have a spot to strut your stuff. Free entry.

Circolo degli Artisti
Via Casilina Vecchia 42 (Pigneto)
Getting there: Bus 81, 105, 412, 810/tram 5, 14, 19 .

Circolo degli Artisti is probably one of the best places in the city to catch original, quality live music. For example, you won’t see any cover bands haunting the rooms here where the emphasis is on an eclectic mix of original sounds—from hip hop to light pop—by up-and-coming bands.

I especially like this place for its huge open area outside, replete with bars; it’s the prefect chill out spot.
Cover charges for gigs run between 6 to 12€.  The bar stays open from 9:30 PM to 3:30 AM Tuesday through Thursday; 9 PM to 4:30 AM on weekends. Closed throughout August.

Fun fact: The Kaiser Chiefs have played here.

Beba do Samba
Via dei Messapi 8 (San Lorenzo)
Getting there: Buses from Porta Maggiore; trams 3, 19

With a name like “Beba do Samba,” this club delivers the funky Brazilian Latin vibe you might expect.  Live music acts happen on most nights of the week. The bar specializes in rum-based cocktails like Mojitos and Cuba Libres, though the Caipirinhas are my favorite. DJs keep the samba beats alive late into the night.

Cost: 5€ for a one-year membership. The club is open from 10 PM to 2 AM daily. Closed July and August.

Jazz Café
12 Via Giuseppe Zanardelli
Getting there: Near Pizza Navona

A mellow night at the Jazz Cafe.

Photo by Sav D’Souza

For a less raucous night, try the Jazz Café, one of the most popular, and unique places to take in a little live jazz and blues in Rome. Knock back a few cocktails from the impressive drinks menu or enjoy a top-notch meal in the pleasant seating area outside. It’s open Tuesday to Thursday around 10 PM on. Entry is free. Friday and Saturday nights DJs play pop hits after the live shows.

 

About the author

About the author: Sav D’Souza is a freelance journalist currently based in Rome. He has worked as a journalist in Hawaii, Prague, and London and contributed features to the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, SA Sports Illustrated, Prague Post and CNBC Europe. He is a demon pool player, enjoys a round of golf, playing poker, and the occasional gin and tonic.
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