Lots of bars on Rainey are good for dates, but if you’re trying to seal the deal, we’d suggest you start with Lucille. The wood-framed house is a beautiful spot, complete with candlelight, fancy drinks (get the El Jefe), hammocks, tons of outdoor seating, and cozy indoor booths. And there are two bar options, which makes the push-and-shove-for-a-drink game much less intense.
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Emmer & Rye
Emmer & Rye’s seasonal small plates and beautiful space make it one of the better places for a special occasion dinner.
The Alibi is the first bar on Rainey, and it's worth hanging around on their patio before making your way down the rest of the 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.
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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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