Italy's artisan beer scene has exploded and Rome is at the forefront of this renaissance with a growing list of sophisticated bars and microbreweries attracting international acclaim. As part of our Rome series, Essteele has selected four of the Eternal City's most famous watering holes, from legendary institutions to innovative newcomers on the block.
Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa
It may be the oldest and smallest craft beer pub in Rome, but Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa has earned its stripes as a global contender due to its dedication and nurturing of the artisan beer culture in Italy. Thanks to accolades from the likes of The New York Times, and The Guardian and a slew of enthusiastic reviews, this hole-in-the-wall pub has garnered a dedicated following eager to sample the selection of Italian and international beers on tap. Weekends draw a large crowd so aim for a mid-week visit and take advantage of the lull to as passionate staff impart background knowledge and stories of your particular brew.
25, Via Benedetta, 25, 00153 Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 6456 2046
The hottest new craft beer pub in Rome is located in Piazza Risorgimento, a stone's throw from the Vatican. Be.Re is co-owned by the most famous publican in town, Manuele Colonna, who is regarded as the pioneer of craft beer in Italy. Be.Re is the sister pub of Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa, and whilst serious beer connoisseurs are catered for, the modern fit-out including exposed brick walls, a state-of-the-art copper bar, and moody lighting also attracts a hipper crowd. Choose from over 20 beers on tap and be sure to order the award-winning street food style offerings also available on-site.
Piazza Risorgimento 7A, Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 9442 1854
It may be tucked away behind the San Carlo Ai Catinari Church in Rome but this on-trend designer beer bar is known throughout Italy and beyond. Open Baladin boasts over 40 Italian craft beers on tap and there is an impressive array of international beers available by the bottle. Try the Nora beer inspired by ancient Egyptian brewing and made with Kamut, spices, and myrrh. The kitchen runs until 1.30 am and sampling their legendary handmade licorice, cheese or paprika-flavoured potato chips is a must.
Via degli Specchi, 6, 00186 Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 683 8989
Bir & Fud
There are hipsters aplenty at this trendy beer and pizza bar located down a cobbled street in the charming neighbourhood of Trastevere. Bir & Fud features a stellar selection of hand-selected local and international beers on tap with helpful descriptions listing the brewery, beer name, style and strength. Packed with locals and friendly tourists, it's worth booking a table outside or simply pulling up a stool at the bar and watching the action unfold.
Via Benedetta, 23, 00153 Roma, Italy
Tel: +39 06 589 4016