Earlier this year I was (un)lucky enough to be sent to work in Rome for five weeks. While there, I had the opportunity to drink and eat, in some of the city’s best beer bars. I blogged about the first four nights of my time there, here, here, here and here. I was going to write a round up of all the places I’d been, but I never got round to it.

One of the perks of working for the UK’s largest software company, is the Christmas party. The weekend is generally quite formulaic. We fly to the destination on the Friday morning and then have to amuse ourselves, before a black tie dinner on the Saturday night. We then fly home again at some point on Sunday, disperse and then spend the next week discussing who got arrested/mugged/hooked up/etc/etc. Previously, we’ve been to Bergen, Barcalona, Prauge, Lisbon, Bolonga, Dubrovnik and Venice. This year, in a stunning twist of good fortune, it’s being held in Rome.

Unlike previous years, I’ve been to Rome recently, we’re going somewhere that I know. So instead of wandering around like headless chickens trying to find various places (Venice), I already know where all the best places are. Tomorrow will follow a plan along the lines of: quick wander round a few of my favourite sights, a stop at Domus Birrae (it wasn’t open when I was there at Easter), then Open Baladin, Bir & Fud and finally Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fà. Saturday will probably be spent mostly under a duvet before the black tie dinner, although a few beers in Open Baladin and/or a trip to Gradi Plato Beershop and Johnny’s Off License can’t be ruled out. I’m still trying to decide when the best time to bail from the black tie party is and head off to Brasserie 4:20.

What ever happens, it’s going to be a big beery weekend. I can’t wait!

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