Modern-day Bold Street in Liverpool and Via Veneto in 1960s Rome could be an example of time-travelling city twinning. Bold Street has a buzz about it with cocktail bars and restaurants everywhere whilst Via Veneto was the epicentre of Rome’s cool heyday with the gilded and the glamorous falling in and out of clubs and drinking dens.
No other Bold Street venue embodies the raffish retro Roman vibes better than L’Aperitivo. The décor is warm and cocoon-like with browns, reds and hanging fabrics keeping the world outside – and the Tesco Express – at bay. Mushroom lamps and big pendants add to the Sixties kitsch.
The bar specialises in the aperitivo. It’s a place to relax over a cocktail, a spritz or a glass of wine with plenty of low and no alcohol options available.
Food is served too – small plates to enjoy with a drink. Everything from charcuterie boards to spiced chicken and gnocchi, or Tuscan steak and roast potatoes.
L’Aperitivo is a good place for DJ sets and live music, especially jazz which only adds to the 1960s lounge feel.