The Rio Café
- Telephone 0141 334 9909
- Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Sun 9am–midnight.
- Food served Mon–Sun 9am–8.45pm.
- Average price £11 (lunch); £11 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
The Rio Café attracts one of the most cheerfully diverse crowds in the city, with laid-back staff who are just as happy to make you a strong cup of tea with a Tunnocks wafer at 11pm as pour you a pint of Amstel. The red leather booths, retro formica tables and a bar that sells everything from CDs by local musicians to bags of soor plooms lend Rio an inimitable vibe that is part greasy spoon, part pub and part cabaret lounge. The all-day menu offers the kind of comfort food your inner eleven-year-old has been craving. Sure, there’s eggs Benedict and bubbling bowls of homemade lasagne for those feeling a bit more grown-up, but you know you’re going to order sausage, egg, chips and beans and a scoop of Soave’s vanilla. Exactly the sort of quirkiness you’d expect from a café-bar that hosts possibly the world’s only Ceefax-themed club night.
- High point: Nostalgic comfort food
- Low point: You'll have to share those booths when it gets busy
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Live entertainment: Open mic nights, live bands, jazz sessions, DJs, cabaret night, poetry night, under-18s open mic night once a month
- Capacity: 50
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
Last Monday at Rio
The first hour is open mic involving ranters, poets, flash proseurs and comedians. Five-minute spots should be booked in advance through the e-mail address below. The headline writer is Chrys Salt, Director of the Bakehouse Art Centre, Gatehouse of Fleet – a powerful voice of humanist poetry.
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