Some people thought a hotel on Rainey Street meant that Rainey had officially sold out, but the team at Hotel Van Zandt did their best to honor the Rainey neighborhood. For example, they named their restaurant Geraldine’s, after the guineafowl who used to run around Rainey Street just a couple of years ago (RIP). The hotel fits right in on Rainey, with its not-cheesy music-themed decor and chill atmosphere. The food here is far fancier than what you’ll get at nearby food trucks, so come when you’re ready for a nice meal. The menu is Southern-ish, which means dishes like shrimp hushpuppies and barbecued short rib. There’s live music every night, too, so stick around a little later for what’s usually a pretty solid show.
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Javelina is a bar and Tex- Mex spot on Rainey Street that serves food until 1:30am and has a big patio great for day drinking.
The Container Bar
You'll find one of Rainey's best courtyards at the Container Bar, where you'll be surrounded by shipping containers and lots of people day drinking.
Happy Lobster is a food truck on Rainey Street that serves a variety of lobster rolls and fish tacos, all of which are best enjoyed post-bar hopping.
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Henbit is an all-day spot from the team behind Emmer & Rye at Fareground food hall where you can get things like breakfast burritos and grain bowls.
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G’Raj Mahal is easily some of Austin’s best Indian food, and our favorite place to eat on Rainey Street.
Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
For casual group dinners or day drinking sessions, Banger’s on Rainey Street has you covered with beer, sausages, and lots of outdoor seating.
Lustre Pearl has one of the bigger footprints on Rainey Street, with multiple levels and bars inside.
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