Clive was the first bar on the street, and you come here to drink mezcal (in particular, you go to the semi-secret bar in a small shack out back to drink mezcal). If you do want to be outside, the back patio is nice and spacious, too. Think of it as the cooler older brother of Rainey.
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Lucille has one of the largest backyards on Rainey Street and two separate bars, all of which make it a good spot for big groups and impatient people.
Half Step is a cocktail spot on Rainey with bars both inside and outside, both of which serve the kind of drinks that take five minutes to make.
When you need to escape the craziness of Rainey Street, head to Geraldine’s inside Hotel Van Zandt for upscale Southern food and nightly live music.
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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.
Lustre Pearl has one of the bigger footprints on Rainey Street, with multiple levels and bars inside.
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