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.
Tel. 06/69313081
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.
Website
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.
Website
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.
Website
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.
Website
Tel. 0657289712

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.
Website
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.
Website
Tel. 06 6920 2208

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Spritz is the king drink of the Venetian aperitifs, with a history going back several years and a birthplace contended between the cities of Venice and Padua.

At the end of the day, does it really matter where Spritz was worn, but where you can enjoy it alongside some tasty cicchetti just before either lunch or dinner, or whenever you are up to!

It’s hard to say no to a spritz and you don’t want to go to any place really and when you find the right one for you, it gets even harder say goodbye to it.

So, if you are ready to leave your gondola, your eyes are fully satisfied with Venice’s romantic sightseeing, then it’s time for a spritz break and we have selected some highly-recommended sports where you can fall in love with this drink.

Bars and churches never go out of business in Venice!

 

Osteria alla Bifora

A cute osteria with the right atmosphere and a spritz that is simply top quality. It will taste even better with the numerous cicchetti on the menu or the tasty cheese and cured meats boards. Where to find it: Campo Santa Margherita 2930.

 

El Borrachero

An excellent spritz goes along with excellent cicchetti. Definitely among this young crowd where it’s easy to feel like at home. The only risk: going back to your hotel borrachos! Where to find it: Dorso Duro 1078 | Fondamenta Toffetti Campo San Trovaso.

 

Taverna del Campiello Remer

A buffet-style aperitif very popular with Venetians. The happy hour is a must and the spritz is made with extraordinary care with a well calibrated mix of prosecco, soda and bitter. Where to find it: Cannaregio 5701 Campiello del Remer.

 

Cantina Vecia Carbonera

Considered to be a landmark for spritz lovers and one of youngers’ and students’ favorites in town, where the spritz is served religiously with a slice of lemon. Where to find it: Cannaregio 2329 Campo della Maddalena.

 

Osteria al Mercà

One of the most appreciated spot in the lagoon. Best to have it with the super-tasty homemade baccalà (salted cod) cicchetti or with mini soppressa ham panini. Likely to be crowded – and for a reason! Where to find it: San Polo 213.

 

Bacareto da Lele

Few steps away from the train station you will find this gem. A vist here is a must and the spritz is made ‘as it should be’. Same goes for the amazingly tasty cicchetti. The place is rather small and often crowded, but it really a worth a visit. Where to find it: Campo dei Tolentini 183.