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Global Cafe is one of Reading’s most exciting and unique independent cafe-bars. We sell a wide range of locally sourced, fair trade and organic beers, wines, spirits, coffees and teas. Genuine Ethiopian cuisine is served thanks to Tutu's Ethiopian Table.

check out our bar menu

 

check out our soft drinks and snacks menu

events at global cafe

On evenings and weekends we host a eclectic selection of music and performances from all around the world. We regularly put on local bands and DJs, anything from folk and psychedelic rock to electronica and drum n bass.

Anyone that wants to play at the cafe, we’re keen to hear from you! Please see available dates listed below and contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information or to arrange an event.

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upcoming events

check out our regular nights section for all recurring events

24 July 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





25 July 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Donations GBP
johnny owens

An evening of music from Guitarist Johnny Owens. Performing his own compositions & pieces by Paco Peňa, Beethoven, Albéniz, Trձraga, Lauro, Sati & Barrios  





26 July 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Donations GBP
Berkshire Jazz Jam: Ken Thompson

Open jam session. All players (and listeners) are welcome – any instrument and level of ability. Backline, PA and drum kit are provided, just bring your instrument!





27 July 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Donations GBP
Jamie Howell's Evidence Bass

Jamie Howell's Evidence Bass, guitar heroes and organ majestic for a Blues and Groove evening...
9-11 FREE





28 July 2017 21:00 - 29 July 2017 00:00

Cost: Free
High Grade Dub and Roots Selection

High Grade Dub and Roots selection goes Global thanks to Titch and Crew.





29 July 2017 21:00 - 30 July 2017 01:00

Cost: Donations GBP
Spriggan Mist

Spriggan Mist are an exciting five piece band playing progressive folk rock. With three vocalists entertaining you with beautiful harmonies; the stage is alive with talent: Incorporating numerous instruments including the saxophone, flute, violin, guitars, clarinet, drums and bass.





30 July 2017 16:00

Cost: Free
ReadiRockRevolution

ReadiRockRevolution: acoustic chill session from 5pm onwards. FREE





31 July 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





01 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: DONATIONS GBP
Greg Mayston

Greg Mayston evening of old songs and new favourites, from the Mississippi Delta to the Thames Valley, performed vocally accompanied by fine vintage and contemporary guitars of steel and wood, with double bass (Lawrie Wright) and harmonica (Neil Warren) accompaniment, performed with zest and sensitivity, in the heart of Reading’s artistic and cultural scene. 9-11pm Donations





02 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Free
The Bohemian Night

Global's Open Mic’ night! Nobodies and newcomers welcome…





07 August 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





07 August 2017 18:00 - 08 August 2017 21:00

Cost: Free
Reading Repair Cafe

Reading Repair Cafe is a community project to bring people together to repair items rather than throw them away! Electronics, computers, bikes, clothes, tools etc. Please visit www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk to find out more.





08 August 2017 20:30 - 23:00

Cost: Donations GBP
Jazz Jam: Hosted by The Mark Burton Quartet

The Mark Burton Quartet hosts the Tuesday Jazz Jam. All players welcome for a wide range of styles: swing, contemporary or funky. Backline, PA and drum-kit are provided, just bring your instrument. Arrive at 8.30 for a 9pm start





09 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Free
Folk at the Global

Our very own open-floor folk musicians’ singaround come-all-ye session thing. Bring your voice and/or instrument. Sing us a song. Play us a tune. Traditional or contemporary. Arrive at 8.30 for a 9pm start.





11 August 2017 21:00 - 12 August 2017 00:00

Cost: Free
Baz Francis

Baz Francis is the frontman and chief songwriter in the rock n' roll band Magic Eight Ball, who formed in 2006 and released several EPs and singles throughout their early years whilst touring constantly.  

Baz Francis released his first solo studio album 'Face That Launched A Thousand Shipwrecks' on 24th April 2017 through Magic Cat Records, which he accompanies with a new World Tour and live album recorded whilst on the road in Egypt, 'Trainwrecks In The Desert / Giza 2017'.





14 August 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





15 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: DONATIONS GBP
Fleur Stevenson hosts jazz singers night

Fleur Stevenson hosts Jazz Singers Night. Heart melting vocals from Fleur with award winning jazz pianist Chris Neill, bassist and Ben Robins on drums performing, before inviting singers up on stage for a sing-song with the band. Get those vocal chords warmed up and ready! 9-11. FREE





16 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Free
The Bohemian Night

Global's Open Mic’ night! Nobodies and newcomers welcome…





17 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: DONATIONS GBP
silver heels

Silver Heels: Live Swinging Jazz Juice with plenty of dancing room for all you Katz. 9-11pm FREE





19 August 2017 22:00 - 20 August 2017 01:00

Cost: 4.00 GBP
Hugh Turner Heavy Funk Quartet

Come and watch electrifying guitarist Hugh Turner and his quartet with Frankie Tontoh (drums), Anatoliy Vyacheslavov (tenor saxophone) and Stefan Redtenbacher (bass) at the Global Café in Reading. Always a cool hang and full of vigor funk explorations!





21 August 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





23 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Donations GBP
Berkshire Jazz Jam: Ken Thompson

Open jam session. All players (and listeners) are welcome – any instrument and level of ability. Backline, PA and drum kit are provided, just bring your instrument!





28 August 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





30 August 2017 21:00 - 23:00

Cost: Free
The Bohemian Night

Global's Open Mic’ night! Nobodies and newcomers welcome…





04 September 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





04 September 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: Free
Reading Repair Cafe

Reading Repair Cafe is a community project to bring people together to repair items rather than throw them away! Electronics, computers, bikes, clothes, tools etc. Please visit www.readingrepaircafe.org.uk to find out more.





11 September 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





18 September 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





25 September 2017 18:00 - 21:00

Cost: £4 an hour GBP
The Reading Bicycle Kitchen

The Reading Bicycle Kitchen is a community run bike project, where you can fix your bike!
Please visit readingbicyclekitchen.org to find out more.





Monday: Closed
Tue-Weds: 11:00 - 23:00
Thursday: 11:30 - 23:00
Fri-Sat: 11:00 - 01:00
Sunday: 16:30 - 22:30