Rainey Street
Rainey Street
4.5
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Rainey Street is a historic but bustling area in Austin, known for its bungalow homes, that have been converted into the coolest bars and restaurants. Grab some quick bites from the food trucks and sit down by a porch or picnic table to people- (and dog-!) watch in the day. By night, head to one of the bungalow bars or restaurants for great Texan food, delicious cocktails, and of course, amazing live music. Plan your visit in March to catch the SXSW festival, which takes over Rainey Street with cool events and celebrity encounters. For more history, guided walking and bike tours of Austin often make a stop here, too. – Tripadvisor
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Bob Angry
    Melbourne, Florida1,358 contributions
    Smaller and less live music than expected
    We arrived thinking this would rival Broadway in Nashville, but boy, our expectations were shattered. We found 2 spots playing live music. One had a decent band but overpriced watered-down drinks. The other had a band that just seemed to jam and had more reasonably priced but also watered-down drinks. Meh...
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2023
  • JeffB32
    Bloomfield Township, Michigan4,128 contributions
    Just OK
    I really wanted to love Rainy Street but we thought it was just ok. We thought it would be a cute little quaint place with all those houses turned into restaurants/bars. What we found was every place had music that was way too loud so we could not have a conversation while enjoying a drink and some live music. Again, really wanted to love this place and thought it was just ok. We visited on Saturday afternoon.
    Visited April 2023
    Written May 6, 2023
  • kevin j
    Marathon, Florida15 contributions
    Room for improvement
    Understanding construction, the place was dirty with lots of walking hazards. Considering this is a main party area and in other parts of the city we saw street workers cleaning up, this strip was kind of dumpy. Businesses were open late. Food trucks were hit or miss. Place looked like it lacked any business pride. Ask around to streamline your trip. Place is changing fast
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
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Brad W
Vancouver, WA238 contributions
Jun 2019 • Business
Maybe a couple steps up from 6th street, this is really just another block where houses have been converted to music and drinking establishments. I imagine this place is zoo'd out on the weekends when school is in session. Weekends in general I suppose. Like 6th st, there isn't a lot here for the non drinker
Written June 13, 2019
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J S
Melbourne, Australia245 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
As tourists in town we went and had a look in 6th street and it was a bit rough......so we decided to move on a try Rainey.......we spent every night there!!!

Rainey seems a lot more "local" and a lot cleaner and safer. we never had any issues there....there are a heap of bars to choose from, each with their own theme or vibe. live bands, DJs, made from a container...all the options are there.....you can walk up and down the street its not far at all. Lots of beer gardens as well, so the warmer the weather the better. A MUST
Written April 12, 2019
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Julie J
Scottsdale110 contributions
Jan 2017 • Friends
Having been to Austin before, a friend told us to check out Rainey Street instead of the usual scene on 6th. We went to Lustre Pearl and Clive....and I'd go back to both bars..the employees are very friendly, the ambiance and drinks were great! It's a much better scene for the 40-something crowd!
Written January 22, 2017
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Jessica H
Dillon, CO16 contributions
Jun 2015
We planned on just stopping by for dinner, a drink & to check out the scenery.... And ended up staying all night. Each bar/restaurant is unique in its atmosphere, foods they offer & drinks. My husband & I loved 6th St., But Rainey St. Has a very chill atmosphere that is worth the stop! Definitely Uber down here!
Written June 24, 2015
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Deb S
Austin, TX312 contributions
May 2015 • Business
Totally different vibe than "dirty" 6th Street. Just great bars with awesome ambiance, and some great food. Go here for some "grown-up" fun.
Written June 1, 2015
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Shenell
14 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
This was suggested to us by some locals while standing in line at Hopdoddy's and I'm glad we took them up on it! Rainey street consists of small homes that have been converted to bars. You just walk up and down the street coming and going as you please. There's food, drinks, and, of course, live music. I really felt like this was the "6th Street" for the young professionals of Austin. Laid-back, mature vibe where you can still really have a fun time. Those that don't like to feel like tourists would love it here. I would definitely come back to Rainey every time I'm in Austin, especially if you don't want the trash-faced college vibe of 6th.
Written January 31, 2015
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Andy K
Redmond, WA41 contributions
Jun 2019
This is not a restaurant or a bar - it is an entire street of destinations to explore. A friend and I started with a cocktail at a few different stops, then had dinner at a restaurant, and finished with a nightcap. The best location? Wander the street, pick a place that appeals to you, sit down and order - you have arrived at the best location.
Written July 11, 2019
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mmuntner
New York City, NY142 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We came during the day and had a great time at a few different bars. And as awful as it is to say, it was neat to see a former residential block turned into a street filled with bars and restaurants. You couldn't help but think about people used to live where we enjoyed our fancy cocktails. Sadly, the bar we had the most fun at, was also one with a lot of controversy around it. Unbarlievable. I googled it after we left and saw that the owner was maybe not such a great guy...(racist, and anti-semitic) but hey, they had a giant fake giraffe and a slide!

Oh, we drove there, and it was a challenge to find parking. We ended up paying 20 dollars for valet parking for 3 hours.
Written February 19, 2018
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Dothedishes
Wylie, TX24 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
We attempted to try the food truck area that was suggested to me but didn't make it out of the car. There were lots of trucks as well as bars with outdoor seating.
The issue for my husband and I was the crowd. It consisted of young/college aged people. My husband and I are nearly 40 years old and I felt like it just wasn't the scene for us.
We were approached by four people, asking for money while looking for parking so we decided to keep driving. I'd recommend exercising caution while walking around but there were two policemen on bicycles
Written July 10, 2017
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Mikeyveck
Dallas, TX926 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
There are plenty of cool bars, delicious food truck eats, and live music. Parking is easy on weeknights and there is a park at the end of the street. It smells good, looks clean. And there are no young zombies staggering towards you all high, getting in your face looking for money or cigarettes, like in other parts of town. Great time!
Written September 14, 2016
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