There's an intimacy and an ease to life on Rainey. The old and the new abide together in symbiotic perfection. Linger over an espresso in a cozy nook or re-energize with a smoothie while overlooking the lake. Enjoy one of the endless craft beers this street has to offer, or sip on an imaginative cocktail in an upscale bar. Find solitude along the trail or explore Austin's world-famous music scene. No matter your taste, Rainey's eclectic corner of downtown lends itself to an authentic Austin lifestyle.
Considered one of the best cocktail bars in the country by Esquire Magazine, Chris Bostick and his team of bartenders are the most knowledgeable in the business. Using only the best of ingredients, each drink is one of carefully crafted chemistry. The frequent choice for the 70 Rainey team, this bar is a true gem of Rainey. From their Grapefruit Ginger Paloma to the Bartender's Choice, Half Step is sure to satisfy.
If the name doesn't give it away, this place knows Texas craft beer, and their selection, presentation and knowledge is nothing short of exceptional. With comfortable bar and intimate seating inside and expansive covered porch, it's easy to unwind at this cozy Rainey spot. Should you get hungry, Austin's very own Detroit-style pizza truck, Via 313, has taken up residency in the back yard. Just steps from 70 Rainey, this neighborhood staple will quickly become residents' go-to for a pint and a pie.
A short walk along Lady Bird Lake to the waterfront cafe will soon be a part of your routine. The coffee shop and wine bar is a purveyor of local brands — you’ll find pastries and sandwiches by Cake and Spoon Bakery and breakfast tacos from Tacodeli — as well as expertly crafted lattes and smoothies. Stop in and refuel after a row or a run or unwind for the evening with drinks on their lakeside deck.
Housed in a 1920s bungalow, Clive was one of the first bars to hit Rainey Street. Tables dot the wood-paneled interior and sprawling patio, where patrons sip craft cocktails and local beers. Also on the grounds: a small stone dwelling, Bar Ilegal, devoted entirely to small-batch mescals (open Friday and Saturday nights).