You may have already heard that the Rio Theatre, well known for presenting live concerts and burlesque shows—not to mention great movies—recently made the temporary switch from being an arts venue to being a sports bar.
It made the move as a survival tactic to deal with strict provincial health regulations invoked by Dr. Bonnie Henry to stay the spread of COVID-19 in B.C.
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
So for now the Rio has gone from being the best place to see great movies like The Big Lebowski and great bands like the North Mississippi Allstars to the best place to see great teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Sorry Canucks fans, but the Leafs are number-one overall in the NHL right now with 21 points.)
The coming schedule for hockey at the Rio includes the Canucks vs. the Flames tomorrow (February 11) at 7 pm, the Canucks vs. the Leafs on Saturday (February 13) at 4 pm, and the Canucks vs. the Flames on Monday (February 15) at 7 pm.
Local sports fans are invited to come on down and drown their sorrows about the much-loved TSN 1040 Vancouver radio station being unceremoniously scrapped by Bell Media.
The Rio is open daily, with no cover and happy hour from 3:30 to 6 pm. It offers an array of local craft beer and cider, local organic wines, and mixed drinks and cocktails, as well as buttery popcorn, grilled cheese sandwiches, and candy.