Le Birre a Roma – Our 5 Favorite Places for Beer in the Eternal City

The sprawling city of Rome
The sprawling city of Rome

Rome is famous for a lot of things: really old buildings, really old statues, really old churches, pasta and wine but it is not really known for its places to get beer.  Beer is not really an Italian staple.  The Romans have been drinking wine since the beginning, I mean they were the people who introduced the French to wine so beer has always been on the back burner in Italy.  In Rome, however that is starting to change.  There are definitely some new places opening up that don’t just sell Peroni and Nastro Azzuro.  I am talking about places that sell good delicious craft beers.  So here are our Top 5 picks for beer in Rome.

Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa

Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà is located in Trastevere on Via di Benedetta, 25.  Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà means “What the hell are you doing here” and is a tiny, fun bar that is really serious about their beers.  They have beer selections from all over the world and currently they have 9 Italian beers on tap, 4 English beers, 1 Swiss beer, a Belgian beer and a German beer on tap.  They are open from 11am-2am everyday so if you find yourself in Trastevere and you cannot handle anymore wine head here.  You may even see our roommate Adrian here (our wonderful guest poster on Paris) but you may not recognize him anymore without all his hair.

The hairy (although no more) man in the middle usually haunts Ma Che Siete
The hairy (although no more) man in the middle usually haunts Ma Che Siete
If you see these steps in Trastevere than you have gone too far, Ma Che Siete and Bir e Fud are back the other way, unless of course you are coming from the train station
If you see these steps in Trastevere than you have gone too far, Ma Che Siete and Bir e Fud are back the other way, unless of course you are coming from the train station

 

Bir e Fud

Bir e fud is another fantastic beer bar in Trastevere and it is actually across the street from Ma Che Siete.  Bir e Fud has both (as you may have noticed) beer and food.  Bir e Fud has over 100 microbrews from all over Italy and they specialize in Neapolitan style pizza (and yes pizza is different all over Italy).  This is a great place to start your evening of beer and then head across the street to Ma Che Siete.

The Stray Sheep (our pub quiz name) may like beer but we can be a lazy group and we often found ourselves just walking across the street to head to Birra Fugio
The Stray Sheep (our pub quiz name) may like beer but we can be a lazy group and we often found ourselves just walking across the street to head to Birra Fugio

Birra fugio was sort of our lazy bar, for Alex and I, mainly because it was legitimately across the street from our apartment on Via Cesare Pascarella.  We first discovered it when we ran to the grocery store one night to get dinner and it was closed, thankfully we saw the shining lights of Birra Fugio welcoming us in.  Birra Fugio is amazing to say the least.  It has fantastic Italian food, a wonderful selection of Belgian beers and also Sierra Nevada on tap.  That’s right, Sierra Nevada on tap.  For a beer starved californian this was godsend; and not only was it on tap but they would also rotate it out with the seasonal Sierra Nevada’s as well.  Amazing!

The tram stop in Trastevere for Birra Fugio
The tram stop in Trastevere for Birra Fugio

Big Star

Big Star is another bar that could always be counted on to have Sierra Nevada on tap.  I discovered it my last night in Rome when I studied abroad and when I moved back I had completely forgotten about it, until one night we ended up there.  It is also in Trastevere but its not quite central Trastevere.  It is located just behind Piazza San Cosimato.  Big Star is just one of those great hangout bars, they have clearly awesome beers on tap and they also make pretty standard and not super expensive cocktails.

Open Baladin

Open Baladin is a beer bar that is surprisingly not located in Trastevere (sorry we were getting really good at keeping this in one neighborhood) but it is just across the river near Campo dei Fiori.  We were brought here by our beloved friend Space Dan and while we are indebted to him for introducing us to this bar we wish he had done it a bit sooner.  Open Baladin has over 40 Italian beers on tap and maybe one of the best parts are their homemade Fatate, our potato chips with unique flavor choices, personally I like to keep things semi-normal so I like the pecorino cheese and garlic chips but if you want to branch out you can always try their licorice flavored chips.

Evening in Rome means its time for a beer
Evening in Rome means its time for a beer

So there are our Top 5 beer places in Rome.  We know Rome can be overwhelming and sometimes the only thing that helps is having a nice cool beer, so instead of settling for a Peroni or a Nastro (which have their place at like 4am or at a sporting event) head to one of these places and try some awesome microbrews at an awesome beer bar. For more awesome places to see, eat and drink at in Rome check out our City Profile which is full of our favorite haunts.

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