Dystopian industrial club village, Testaccio

Gasometro is on the pulse of Rome’s alternative nightlife. It is a dystopian after hours village right out of the film ‘Mad Max’. A forgotten industrial area by the river near Via Ostiense south of the centre, it is over looked by an enormous iron framework resembling the Colosseum’s skeleton. A string of outdoor bars cater to the needs of every taste, equipped with individual dance floors. Free in, we wandered on crunchy gravel flanked on one side by aging nametag graffiti and on the other by the overgrown riverbanks of the Tiber. Our first stop was a rockabilly bar. After asking the bartender to surprise me, I was awarded with a delicious tangy passion fruit concoction for €8 and we bopped and twisted to Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Later we followed a strobe light in the semi darkness to an electronic music bar swarming with happy crowds. It gets busy here so expect a little wait for your drinks. The only drawback is the music stops at 2am on the dot. Bars stay open though so we partook of more refreshments in a bar mirroring a ship’s deck with white balconies above overlooking the water. Always trying to offer something away from the norm, here they also host gigs with emerging bands and art films. Open June to September 9pm-2am, Via del Commercio, 36. http://www.gasometro.it/gasometro/

Gasometro is also right down the street from San Paolo, the area watch (search Keyword tab for info).




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