Located a short walk from Piazza Navona in Rome’s historic centre, the Abbey Theatre offers a wide selection of drinks as well as Irish, Italian and international bar food throughout the day. The pub shows all major sporting events on its multiple television screens and hosts live Irish music sessions each week. Open midday until 02.00. Via del Governo Vecchio 51, tel. 066861341, website.
A typical Irish-style pub with a lively local clientele, located in the shadow of the Colosseum. Although a large range of drinks are available, the pub’s owners put strong emphasis on pints of the black stuff and enjoy screening sports, particularly rugby and Italian football. Happy hour from 17.00-21.00. Open 17.00 until 02.00. Via Ostilia 30, tel. 067096322.
One of Rome’s most authentic Irish pubs, the Druid’s Den is among the city’s oldest Irish taverns. Located near the Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore, the pub’s cave-like interior and wood-panelled walls give it a cosy atmosphere. It attracts expats and Italians alike, as well as tourists, and has an English-speaking staff. Open 17.00-02.00. Via S. Martino ai Monti 28, tel. 0648904781, website.
The first Irish-owned and managed pub in Italy, the Fiddler’s Elbow opened in Rome in 1976 and soon become one of the capital’s best known Irish bars. The pub is located near Termini station, and has a regular clientele of expats and Italians, served by Irish and international staff. All major sporting fixtures screened, as well as regular live music and cultural events. Mon-Fri 17.00-02,00. Sat-Sun 15.00-02.00. Via dell’Olmata 43, tel. 064872110, website.
Popular watering hole for the capital’s expat community, in particular Irish and British customers. Located in Monti near the Cavour metro stop, this lively Irish owned-pub screens all the English and Scottish Premiership football, as well as other major sporting events. Open midday until 00.30. Via Leonina 66, tel. 064747026, website.
Situated in the Esquilino district, the Old Marconi is one of the oldest beer houses in the city. The menu comprises various international dishes, including an Irish breakfast, accompanied by a decent range of beers and wines. Open from midday until 02.00.
Via S. Prassede 9, tel. 064745186.
Rome’s largest Irish pub, Scholars comprises two interconnecting but separate bars, and offers Rome’s most extensive coverage of international sports. It also has Italy’s biggest collection of whiskeys and a wide range of beers on tap. Each night there is a different event, from live music to quizzes to karaoke. Scholars is Irish-owned and most of the staff is Irish. Open 11.00-04.00.
Via del Plebiscito 101, tel. 0669202208, website.
Located near the Colosseum, this lively pub attracts a mixture of regulars and tourists. There is a strong focus on sport, in particular rugby, and customers can also enjoy a game of table football or darts. Wide range of beers and spirits available, with good selection of bar food. Occasional live music. Open 11.00-02.00. Via del Colosseo 1/c, tel. 066791729, website.
Shamrock Irish Pub Celio
Not to be confused with the younger Shamrock on nearby Via del Colosseo (above), this Irish pub on the Celio offers a large selection of beers and spirits, including over 100 cocktails, as well as a food menu. It also screens major sporting fixtures and has live music at weekends. Open 11.00-02.00. Via Capo d’Africa 26d, tel. 067002583, website.
Located just off Via del Corso, the mahogany interior of this Irish-themed pub takes its cue from Dublin’s Trinity College. Relaxed by day, lively by night, the bar serves beers, spirits and cocktails, with the option of eating outside on the patio. Major sporting events screened and different djs each night. Open midday until 03.00. Via Del Collegio Romano 6, tel. 066786472, website.