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Banger’s on Rainey
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Where to Eat and Drink on Rainey Street

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Directly adjacent to downtown and, critically, the Austin Convention Center, Rainey Street is home to some of Austin’s best bars and restaurants. A unique mix of old and new, refurbished bungalows and sky-high condos, the district was primarily single-family homes until 2005, when a zoning change allowed bars and restaurants to pour in.

Today, Rainey is a popular night-out destination for locals, tourists, and so many bachelorette parties (as well as the source of some controversy). For a relaxed evening, look to local beer and pizza at Craft Pride or visit Lustre Pearl, a Rainey Street original.

In terms of food, try dishes from James Beard Award-recognized chef farm-and-grain-focused Emmer & Rye. Finally, have a fancy cocktails and apps with a view at Geraldine’s, the restaurant and bar of the hip Hotel Van Zandt.

Below is the map of the can’t-miss spots on Rainey. Be sure to also check out the downtown guide, and where to eat near the convention center.

For the purposes of this guide, the map covers Rainey Street between Driskill Street all the way down to Cummings Street. Check out Eater Austin’s other neighborhood dining guides too.

Is your favorite downtown restaurant or bar missing below? Have a suggestions for a future neighborhood guide? Let Eater know through the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Lustre Pearl Rainey

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94 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

One of the original bars on Rainey Street, Lustre Pearl is a casual place to grab a beer or a cocktail and play a game or two. It shares owners with Clive Bar and Container Bar down the street.

Lustre Pearl Rainey
Lustre Pearl Rainey
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2. Geraldine's

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605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 476-4755
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For a more elegant night on Rainey, head up to the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt to the gorgeous Geraldine’s, named after a guinea hen that once roamed the district. The restaurant has excellent cocktails and a constantly rotating menu

Geraldine’s
Geraldine’s
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3. Little Brother

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89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

The tiny 367-square-feet space has a lot of personality. Designed like a teenage boy’s ideal bedroom (including VHS tapes and co-owner Matthew Bolick’s actual childhood television), it serves coffee, beer, and batched cocktails, and during the day offers tacos from Vaquero Taquero. There’s a few tables outside make up a patio to observe the revelry alfresco.

Little Brother
Little Brother
Little Brother [Official]

4. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

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79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 386-1656
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With over 200 taps of beer, cider, and mead and a massive outdoor patio, Banger’s is popular with locals and tourists alike. It also serves a variety of sausages, including ones made with duck and venison, whole-hog barbecue, and has a popular brunch that includes one-liter “manmosas.”

The new taps at Banger’s
The new taps at Banger’s
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5. Half Step

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75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 391-1877
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One of Austin’s best cocktail bars, Half Step serves quality drinks (try the draft paloma) in a relaxed atmosphere. Its large outdoor patio has lawn games and, often, live music. Sweets truck Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts is also parked adjacent to the bar.

A drink from Half Step
A drink from Half Step
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6. Craft Pride

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61 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 428-5571
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Craft Pride’s menu has 54 taps of beer, cider, wine, and mead exclusively from the Lone Star State.

Beers from Craft Pride
Beers from Craft Pride
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7. Emmer & Rye

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SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 366-5530
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Powerhouse team chef Kevin Fink (a James Beard Award finalist) and pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph run this restaurant at the end of Rainey focused on using heritage grains, local products, and in-house fermentation. It’s known for savory johnnycakes and a delicate cacio e pepe pasta, rotating brunch, and creative desserts from Bristol-Joseph like a koji egg cream.

Emmer & Rye’s cacio e pepe
Emmer & Rye’s cacio e pepe
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1. Lustre Pearl Rainey

94 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Lustre Pearl Rainey
Lustre Pearl Rainey
Lustre Pearl/Facebook

One of the original bars on Rainey Street, Lustre Pearl is a casual place to grab a beer or a cocktail and play a game or two. It shares owners with Clive Bar and Container Bar down the street.

94 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

2. Geraldine's

605 Davis St, Austin, TX 78701
Geraldine’s
Geraldine’s
JR Photo/EATX

For a more elegant night on Rainey, head up to the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt to the gorgeous Geraldine’s, named after a guinea hen that once roamed the district. The restaurant has excellent cocktails and a constantly rotating menu

605 Davis St
Austin, TX 78701

3. Little Brother

89 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Little Brother
Little Brother
Little Brother [Official]

The tiny 367-square-feet space has a lot of personality. Designed like a teenage boy’s ideal bedroom (including VHS tapes and co-owner Matthew Bolick’s actual childhood television), it serves coffee, beer, and batched cocktails, and during the day offers tacos from Vaquero Taquero. There’s a few tables outside make up a patio to observe the revelry alfresco.

89 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

4. Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden

79 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
The new taps at Banger’s
The new taps at Banger’s
Robert Lerma

With over 200 taps of beer, cider, and mead and a massive outdoor patio, Banger’s is popular with locals and tourists alike. It also serves a variety of sausages, including ones made with duck and venison, whole-hog barbecue, and has a popular brunch that includes one-liter “manmosas.”

79 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

5. Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
A drink from Half Step
A drink from Half Step
Claire McCormack Photography

One of Austin’s best cocktail bars, Half Step serves quality drinks (try the draft paloma) in a relaxed atmosphere. Its large outdoor patio has lawn games and, often, live music. Sweets truck Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts is also parked adjacent to the bar.

75 1/2 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

6. Craft Pride

61 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701
Beers from Craft Pride
Beers from Craft Pride
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Craft Pride’s menu has 54 taps of beer, cider, wine, and mead exclusively from the Lone Star State.

61 Rainey St
Austin, TX 78701

7. Emmer & Rye

SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110, Austin, TX 78701
Emmer & Rye’s cacio e pepe
Emmer & Rye’s cacio e pepe
Emmer & Rye/Facebook

Powerhouse team chef Kevin Fink (a James Beard Award finalist) and pastry chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph run this restaurant at the end of Rainey focused on using heritage grains, local products, and in-house fermentation. It’s known for savory johnnycakes and a delicate cacio e pepe pasta, rotating brunch, and creative desserts from Bristol-Joseph like a koji egg cream.

SkyHouse, 51 Rainey St #110
Austin, TX 78701

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