The Puntarella Rossa’s blog has picked a selection of seven bars and pubs that combine football with good beer, tasty burgers and typical Roman food.
There’s something for everyone, from the historic centre to working-class areas such as Ostiense and Testaccio, the student bars of San Lorenzo and even the gastropubs of northern Rome.
There is no such thing as a bad beer. It’s that some taste better than others.
Hopside – Ostiense
At Hopside, a bar in the lively Ostiense area, you can take in the match from the comfort of your seat while sipping on a delicious blond beer. As well as a massive selection of craft beers from Italy and abroad (with 12 taps and two cask ales), Hopside has a range of street food and burgers for you to enjoy. Simply choose how big a burger you want (in ounces), then build the rest of it up with your preferred ingredients. As well as serving beer, Hopside also have a micro-brewery on site where expert brewers and rookies alike make their own golden nectar. Don’t forget to book to be sure of a spot with a good view of the TV.
Hopside, Via Francesco Negri, 39/41, Rome.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12:00 – 02:00, Saturday to Sunday 15:00 – 02:00
Officine XN – San Lorenzo
In San Lorenzo, in a secluded street away from the hubbub of the area, lies Officine XN, a pub with a wide variety of live music acts and sport nights. The huge HD screens make it a great place to watch the match, and if hunger strikes while you’re there then Officine XN serves some of the best meatballs in Rome. Choose from traditional meat, vegetarian or vegan, all served with tasty sauces ranging from the typically Roman alla gricia (with guanciale and pecorino cheese) and all’amatriciana (like alla gricia but with tomato) to more adventurous options such as honey and walnut, rocket pesto and much more (in the evenings you can pick up four meatballs and a drink for €7). Order a salad or side of chips to complete your meal from between €3.50 and €5. Drinks include wines, spirits, craft beers from Italy and abroad and even cocktails. All the drinks you would be drinking at a stag do in Bratislava are also available here.
Officine XN, Via Dei Dalmati 15, Rome.
Tel. 380 791 5394
Four Green Fields – Prati
Situated in the Prati area of Rome, Four Green Fields is a long-running gastropub that’s been open since 1980. Spread over two floors, it seats 180 people and has 12 television screens for you to take in the game. You can’t get by on football alone, of course, so Four Green Fields provides good beer (such as Guinness) and food ranging from traditional Roman fare like pasta alla gricia (guanciale, pecorino cheese and truffle) to international dishes such as their Hungarian beef goulash with boiled potatoes or Irish chicken breast cooked in cider and served with pumpkin puree and cauliflower gratin. You don’t have to eat, so arrive early as there are no reservations – it’s a case of “the early bird catches the worm” at Four Green Fields.
Four Green Fields, Via Costantino Morin 38, Rome.
Tel. 06 372 5091
Biretta Wine and Food – Prati
Staying in Prati for the moment, Birretta Wine and Food is an informal, bright bar with a huge selection of craft beers (around 100 to be precise) and 20 types of hamburger, all of which are prepared fresh to order. Try the Biretta Wine and Food Burger with rare roast beef, caramelised onions, guacamole, cheddar and a black poppy seed bun (€13.50) or the broccoli burger with sour cream and twice-cooked broccoli in Greek pitta bread (€8.90). Most importantly, after (or before) you’ve eaten, settle in and watch Roma play on one of the two 42-inch televisions in the external room. Booking recommended.
Birretta Wine and Food, Via Simone de Saint Bon 69-71, Rome.
Tel. 331 486 8698
Contestaccio – Testaccio
If you’re in the Testaccio area, nip into Contestaccio – a renowned pub-restaurant with live music – to watch the Giallorossi play. Fans are kept happy with two projectors (which beam the match onto screens measuring three square metres) and five TVs ranging from 36 to 42 inches in size dotted around the main room. Meanwhile, in the summer, the owners set up a big screen in the external room. Burgers are the order of the day here, with vegetarian and vegan options on offer too (prices range from €9 to €12), while fresh-cooked French fries (€4) and homemade desserts are also available. Draught and bottled beers, cocktails, wines and spirits should keep your thirst quenched. It’s free to get in and you don’t have to eat, but make sure you book if you don’t want to spend all 90 minutes on your feet.
Contestaccio, Via di Monte Testaccio 65B, Rome.
Jamboree Pub – Coppedè
Situated in Via Tagliamento, the Jamboree Pub’s wooden furnishings and soft lighting make it an ideal place for fans to watch Roma play. With three rooms, each with a screen for the match, the Jamboree Pub serves craft beer on tap, cocktails, spirits and an impressive selection of rums from around the world. If you get peckish, try some of the street food and Tex-Mex cooking on offer, but it’s fine just to drink and watch too.
Jamboree Pub, via Tagliamento 77, Rome.
Tel. 06 45493387
Scholars Lounge – Historic Centre
Sports fans are more than welcome at the Scholars Lounge, an historic Irish pub slap bang in the centre of Rome, as the cheers audible halfway down the street are testament to. Enjoy watching the match on the big screen as you fill your boots with burgers, bagels (from €7 to €9.50), burritos (€9) and typical Irish dishes like beef in Guinness (€12.50) and baked potatoes (from €9 to €12). There are over 200 different beverages to choose from, including whiskeys and beers such as Guinness (€6). There’s plenty of space inside, but booking is recommended nonetheless.
Scholars Lounge, via del Plebiscito 101, Rome.
Tel. 06 6920 2208