Salvation Pizza is a safe bet: giant pizzas should please everyone in your crowd, and Salvation’s are pretty good. There are also plenty of TVs, so you can save your data and stop checking the score of the football game every four seconds. We like the white pies here best - go with the one that has clams and bacon, or the basil, garlic, and sliced tomato version. If you can’t bear life without marinara, just order a side of it for dipping.
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Clive Bar was the first Rainey Street bar and has a great mezcal bar located in a shack out back for when you want to escape the crowd inside.
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.
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.
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Head to 40 North’s brick and mortar space Downtown for some Neapolitan pizza along with a long menu of other dishes.
Central Machine Works
Central Machine Works is a massive beer hall, brewery, and live music venue in East Austin.
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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.
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.
Lustre Pearl has one of the bigger footprints on Rainey Street, with multiple levels and bars inside.
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