Rainey Street got another new bar, and this time, it’s a very tiny bar and cafe from the team behind West Austin all-day cafe Better Half and East Austin beer and coffee bar Wright Bros Brew & Brew. Little Brother is now open on 89 Rainey Street, at the bottom of the Millennium apartment building.
Little Brother’s coffee spans espresso to lattes to cold brew, and yes, there’s oat milk. For boozier drinks, there are mixed drinks (the Over Under makes use of cognac, Underberg, Curacao, maraschino cherries, and lemon), jammers (the Topless Swimmer mixes white rum, hibiscus syrup, and lemon), mostly local beers, cider, and a single wine.
Little Brother’s food is prepared by Better Half’s kitchen. Lunches mean lengthy hoagies with sandwich options including cold cuts, chicken salad, or vegetables, all layered with chips. Plus there’s a hearty salad. Pastries are on deck, as well as Sunday brunch, with doughnuts.
There’s a retro aesthetic throughout Little Brother’s small, eight-person space. There’s a clunky small television, a VHS self, colorful tiled back bar, a four-seat bar, and a bathroom bathed in red lighting. The also-tiny patio, which will face Rainey Street, is in the works.
The bar previewed drinks with its roaming pop-up van, which is now parked next door to the Rainey address. Next up for the coffee and bar experts is West 5th Street brewery Hold Out Brewing, opening sometime in the spring.
Little Brother is open from the early morning to late nights (2 a.m.).