Black Market is the one bar I owe allegiance to in Rome, the one I come back to week after week, year after year. Its hipster-vintage aesthetic, coupled with an lively music scene and cozy atmosphere, makes it a relaxing and inviting bar for any day of the week. The inside looks like a bohemian living room – with mismatched velour sofas, leather armchairs, and beaded lamps casting a warm glow in the space.
It is a very popular bar with locals so most people know each other, contributing to the friendly and homey atmosphere. The crowd itself is alternative, hip and well-dressed, often outfitted in skinny jeans, wide-brimmed felt hats and beards. There is a wide selection of drinks and food, including speciality cocktails and a limited edition Black Market IPA, and an aperitivo on Sunday evenings.
Although the atmosphere and drinks are great, the music scene is really my favorite part of the bar. Whenever you come to Black Market you can always expect to hear a cool playlist that combines indie selections with old-classics, a dj-set or live music. The Unplugged in Monti concert series bring emerging local and international musicians to play in the back room of the bar, creating a makeshift and intimate music venue that seats around 50 people (some of them on cushions in front of the stage). The quality of the music and proximity to the artists makes for a really special experience and concerts are very affordable at around € 10!