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RAINEY STREET is full of bars. There’s over 10 on a single block. Stroll down Rainey street for awhile and find new spots and discover old favorites. It’s great for visitors, locals, first dates, night with your parents, or just a place to get a good drink.
BAR 96 is the latest from the Lustre Pearl and Clive guy. 96 is a renovated one-room home outfitted to be the neighborhood's first sports-friendly thirst quencher, with two flat-screens above the jade-colored bar and another pair on the stained patio.
ICENHAUER’S is a casual suds spot. It’s a two-roomed affair, given a living-room vibe via wood walls, a chandelier constructed with wine glasses, and vintage lime-green and cream-colored furniture. There's an extensive drink menu featuring infused liquors and seasonal drinks. Look out for live music nights and chicken and waffles on Sundays.
The HALFSTEP is a little blue house, dark and lined in tea-stained wallpaper. Cool off with one of the meticulously crafted cocktails, like the NOLA-born Sazerac (rye whiskey, sugar, Peychaud’s bitters, absinthe rinse), and remember what the glowing sign that greets you on the way in says: "You earned it."
The BLACKHEART was created by a pair of nightlife vets formerly tied to Beauty Bar and the ND. This shanty-chic, NOLA-style spot is situated inside a refurnished 1886 home adorned with votive, candle-lit, black and white photographs of Storyville women-of-the-night.
The CONTAINER BAR was Bridget Dunlap’s creation, a pioneer of the Rainey Street bar scene (Lustre Pearl, Clive Bar, Bar 96). This three-years-in-the-making nightlife spot was painstakingly created out of stacked shipyard containers. The industrial-chic result casts a jagged, modern profile and offers a playful, colorful space with event-friendly courtyard and patio areas for DJs and other acts – with a bar for eclectic cocktails.
JAVELINA is “Perfect for a late lunch and a pint”, this “laid-back” Rainey Street bar is set apart from its bungalow-occupying brethren by its in-house kitchen, which serves “solid burgers” and other Texas-centric offerings, mostly for meat eaters; come late afternoon, the outdoor patio is the place to enjoy an “interesting cocktail” or “delicious” draft beer.
Craft Pride is a beer bar with 52 drafts on tap, all from the Lone Star state. Featuring options like Hay Merchant from Houston, Craft & Growler from Dallas, and Bangers, brewed right there in Craft Pride’s backyard, Craft Pride's certainly represents Texas well. They offer to-go cases of bottles and bombers, all curated by an OG Black Star brewer.
GERALDINE’S on Rainey Street offers globally influenced shareable plates with a well-curated cocktail menu. They act as the focus of this contemporary Rainey Street destination occupying the fourth floor of the Hotel Van Zandt. The roomy restaurant, bar and lounge are bathed in earth tones, and feature free live music most nights.