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Best alternative nightlife in Rome, Italy

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Are you a rock n’ roller looking for a good time in Rome?

Or simply someone sick of the usual yuppie hangouts and the eurotrash clubbing experience? In that case here is a list of alternative clubs in Rome that may catch your fancy.

1. SUBBACULTCHA- Alien Club/Saponeria

The reigning king of the Roman alternative scene is Subbacultcha, held at the Alien Club on Friday nights (Via Velletri 13, Salario district) during the year, with three separate rooms for three separate alternative tastes (rock, metal, and goth) and at the Saponeria Club on Saturdays (Via degli Argonauti, 20, Ostiense district) in the summer season. It is beyond doubt the biggest, most popular and most worthwhile alternative clubbing experience in Rome, combining live music with DJ sets for all tastes: rock, indie, metal, new wave, 80s, electro, alternative, industrial, and much more. Entrance is 5€.

Top rated hotel in Rome Ostiense district: Hotel Abitart

2. SCREAMADELICA- Circolo degli Artisti

If you’re more of an indie art-rocker a fitting alternative experience is Screamadelica, held in collaboration with Radio Città Futura. It is hosted by Circolo degli Artisti, one of Rome’s most popular live music joints on Via Casilina Vecchia, 42. It also combines live music with DJ sets and while it is geared towards the skinny-jeans/big glasses crowd it plays a variety of genres including new wave and punk. Entrance is 5€.

Accommodation near Via Casilina Vecchia, Rome: Bed and Breakfast Abitazione Pigneto


The Qube (Via di Portonaccio, 212) is one of the largest and most important clubs in Rome, and usually hosts a different genre or even club on each of its three floors. On Thursday nights it is dominated by Radiorock, Rome’s premier alternative radio station, creating a fitting ambiance with the ex-factory look of the Qube. In the summer Radiorock moves to the fresher shores of La Spiaggetta, Ostia beach (Lungomare Caio Duilio 34), spinning beats and playing live music 6 days of the week. The DJs of Radiorock also take over after the concerts held for the Rock in Roma festival, at the Capannelle hippodrome, with the likes of Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails and The Killers taking the stage. Entrance to Radiorock’s summer outpost is free.

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Top rated hotel in Ostia: Aran Blu Hotel

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Venere Travel Blog writer claire ackerman

Claire is a New Yorker who moved to Rome in her teens. She recently graduated from University College London with a BA in European Social and Political Studies and is putting off leading a serious life for as long as possible, but plans at some point to become a journalist. In her free time she enjoys travelling, good food, a good read, and especially good music.

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  1. Freddie Avila says:
    March 27th, 2011 at 12:39

    Great blog. Very informative, make me want to jump on a plane and fly to Rome…

    Freddie Avila

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