Glasgow has had a proud tradition of the Italian family-run diners/chip shops going back to the 1950s. Sadly over the past 20 years they have been in decline due to the influx of the big brand coffee shops that seem to spring up every day and everywhere. The Rio Café is a place still in that classic Italian café mode.
Situated in Partick, in the West End of Glasgow, it now has a dual café/bar existence. During the day the coffee machine hisses, squelches and steams its way through breakfasts, brunches and lunches. It’s your usual breakfast fare, not pretentious with eggs done in every way, bacon, sausage and toastie goodness. The lunches are plentiful. Go for a meatball sub, mac ‘n cheese, soups, sandwiches, salads and chips. There’s plenty to choose from. The food is all reasonably priced particularly for this part of the city.
It also looks the part with its leather clad booths, tall stools and 50s decor. It has a very cool, comfortable rock ‘n roll and milkshake feel to it. The staff are bright and welcoming, excellent Baristas by day and your friendly barkeep by night.
At night it takes over as a cool bar that’s proud of its reputation for good music. There are various live music nights and DJs on some weekends too. Get yourself down to the open Mic evening on Thursdays, could be your chance of stardom!
Meal deals for Jazz Wednesday, 2 courses for £10 and on Tuesdays are now Quiz Night.