Every time I find myself standing in the back patio at El Rio on warm afternoon, with a colorful canvas of happy, booty-shaking humanity sprawled out front of me, I am reminded that El Rio is a true Bernal Heights treasure.
The weather is expected to be warm this weekend, which is great because El Rio will be celebrating it’s 35th (!!!!) anniversary, and you’re invited to the party:
Hello Good Local People!
We are celebrating our birthday party this Sat Oct 19th. It’s a free party to celebrate all the little and good things in our world. Thanks Much- Dawn
PS – We are still looking for partially clothed sailors if you have any leads in that arena…
YOU are invited to join us as we turn a damn fine 35 years!!
Party 3p-2a Live Bands, Dj’s, Burlesque, Games and Prizes
Half off ALL drinks 3-5p
Complimentary BBQ w Jackie and Dee 4-7p
Cake… There must be CAKE 7p
Rockey’s Fry Bread 8p onward
Shake It Booty Band 8p
Queen Crescent 6p
Los Trainwreck w/Bad Mommies and Ben Fong-Torres 5p
Sang Matiz 4p
Red Hots Burlesque
DJ’s- Tom and Amy(Hard French), Stanley Frank(DayTime Realness), Forest Juziuk(Rippers), Ron(House), Emotions(Friday Live). Josh(Radical Vinyl)
3158 Mission St/Precita
UPDATE: If you’d like to go back in time beyond just 35 years, rebel blogger Burrito Justice did a terrific post on the history of the land on which El Rio now stands. It’s detailed, has lots of maps and graphics, and is wonderfully geekolicious.