Last updated on May 17th, 2018 at 12:09 pm
There are the places you go back again and again because of nostalgia, and there are those that you go to because they really are that good. Luckily, Bar del Fico is both of those things to me.
Bar del Fico was where I went on one of my very first nights in Rome and the crowd was electric. Found about a two-minute walk from the center of Piazza Navona, it is a surprisingly local crowd given its proximity to a major tourist magnet.
It is one of those perfect Roman bars because it is great by day and by night.
When the sun is out, old men sit in the piazza in front of the bar playing games of chess. The bar itself is well decorated and has Wi-Fi that (usually) works, so it draws a young crowd with laptops as well.
After the sun goes down? This is where you come to meet up with friends for a drink at the outdoor tables. Bar del Fico is pretty much an essential stop on a Rome Cocktail Tour.
Be sure to pay at the cash register first, then take your receipt up to the bar where you can collect your mixed drink, beer or wine.
Bar del Fico is still one of my favorite places to go out in Rome. I am not big on nightclubs, and this bar strikes just the right balance between lively and chill.
If you come around 7 pm, you can try the simple aperitivo buffet with your drink. Don’t plan to make a dinner out of it because it pretty much consists of pizza bianca and mortadella. I’m a fan of both those things, but this is a fairly underwhelming spread for Rome.
The bar is best on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, though it is popular every night of the week during summer thanks to its central location and outdoor area.
Bar del Fico
Piazza del Fico, 34/35
Rome, Italy (Centro Storico)
+39 06 6889 1373
Open 7:30 am to 2 am every day