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Shari Vari Playhouse is an upscale and hip nightclub that has it all; the ambiance, crowd, music and food is much appreciated here. The dim red lighting and intimate seating makes it a great night out. They also offer different room options, each with a distinct ambiance to choose from. You may want to shake a leg in the upstairs dance hall or relish on tasty meals in the seating downstairs. A hit with youngsters, rejuvenate your senses with the loud music and contemporary delicacies. For booking your private events, hiring their catering services, or checking out their event schedules, call ahead or check out their website.
Located in Trastevere which is considered one of the most romantic neighborhoods in Rome, Big Mama is much appreciated. This is a favorite with lovers of blues, jazz and funk. International stars such as Jeff Healey, Archie Shepp, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Stern and Joe Zawinul have performed here. The room resembles a cave and small corridors lead you into various rooms until you reach the small stage on which the artists perform. To know more about events, schedules, and reservations, call ahead.
This popular pub in the heart of Rome has two rooms playing two different kinds of music at the same time. The music is mainly Latin American: songs are chosen by DJs such as Renato Santos, a Brazilian who offers 'full immersion' in Brazilian culture with music, dance, art and atmosphere from the land of the Carnival. Live music is provided every Thursday, with salsa, and there is funk/soul disco music on other evenings. Saturdays are devoted to pop, hip hop, funk and soul. To find more about event schedules and reservations, call ahead.
Artists of the caliber of Ornette Coleman and Winton Marsalis have played at this local jazz club, which always hosts fine musicians. One of Italy's first jazz clubs, it was modeled after those in cities like Paris and New York, and has succeeded in its aim of attracting music lovers from miles away. The walls are completely covered in mementos donated by stars who have played here, proudly displaying its musical heritage. There is a full bar and a menu of Italian fare is also offered.
This is one of the most famous discos in the capital, playing underground and house, along with rock and disco music from the 1970s, depending on the day of the week. During the summer, Piper becomes "Open-air Piper" situated next to the Circolo Oasi di Pace in Via Degli Eugenii. Considered almost as a landmark in Rome due to its thirty-year history, it has been renovated many times and is now a mix of metropolitan and post-modern styles. Saturday brings a mostly gay crowd.
INIT is one of the hottest places on the club scene in Rome. When it's time to shake a leg, this is where people head to en masse. Apart from the zany music and funky beats, the club also hosts a number of live concerts. Themes such as 'Dance All Night' set the mood for the die-hard party fanatic and keeps the blood pumping into this pure fun-unlimited haunt.
In the heart of upcoming Pigneto, Fanfulla 101 heads the attempt of young local people to get this area recognized on par with Shoreditch, London and Kreuzberg, Berlin. To be sure, they are a long way off, but alternative events at this bar and nightclub, mixed with traditional and international drinks and a friendly crowd make this a place well worth visiting. Be sure to ask for an amaretto, made in the Italian way, with real herbs to add that bitter flavor!
Eat, drink, and absolve your souls at the self-proclaimed "Temple of Rock!" Once you walk through the doors of Jailbreak you will find plenty of tables, friendly bartenders, an ample menu (with 20 types of pizzas), and a conveniently-located stage. This is one of the few places in Rome that finds the perfect balance between a live music venue, nightclub and pizza-filled pub. Past rockers to grace the stage include The Chesterfield Kings, the Blood Brothers, and The Hellacopters! Jailbreak has also played host to Rome's biannual Road to Ruins festival.