I admit that it would not be fair to call Big Star a dive bar, because it is actually quite nice.
But it is also extremely low key, with no frills and cold beer.
Located away from most of the nightspots in Trastevere, Big Star also feels a bit more grown up. Rather than signs for €1 shots on the walls, the space is decorated with band posters and record covers.
In fact, Big Star Pub used to have more of a reputation as the punk rock hang out in central Rome, but it has since gone on to appeal to more a mainstream crowd.
There are several communal tables inside, as well as a few lounge-y spots to sink into with a stiff drink.
If you prefer to drop in during the day, you’ll even find a breakfast crowd and the odd student typing away at a laptop.
And outside you will find all sorts – from newspaper readers and board game players, to groups of laid back friends meeting to catch up over a few pints.
Big Star’s low key vibes and easy atmosphere are exactly what keep us coming back when we want a simple drink and good conversation.
The bar also offers a small menu, which is hard for me to comment on personally since I have only tried one thing, but I take comfort in knowing it is there… just in case an easy night out turns into one of those late nights that you never seem to plan.
Big Star Trastevere
Via Goffredo Mameli, 25
00165 Rome (Trastevere)
Open every day from 7:30 am for breakfast, until 2 am