The Rainey Street Historic District is a street of historic homes, many of the bungalow style, in downtown Austin, Texas.By using our Austin planner, you can arrange your visit to Rainey Street and other attractions in Austin.
Rainey Street is positioned near Lady Bird Lake and Interstate 35 in the southeast corner of downtown. Though 21 buildings are specifically identified as a part of the historic district, the stretch of Rainey between River and Driskill includes 31 buildings built before 1934, giving the neighborhood a historic character relative to other areas of the city. The district includes 120acre from 70 to 97 Rainey Street. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
The situation at Rainey Street is unique in that the area was once a sleepy residential street, albeit nestled right next to downtown, was rezoned as part of Austin's central business district in 2004. The hope at the time was to encourage development near the Austin Convention Center and the since-built Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. But while grander development has stalled, bars and eateries have flocked to Rainey, since CBD zoning enables traffic-heavy cocktail bar or restaurant use without any additional zoning request. As such, old bungalows have been fixed up and turned into bars and cocktail lounges with ample backyards and porches. Indeed, there are many new bars under construction on Rainey Street: Banger's Sausage House and Beer Garden, the Blackheart, Javelina, Jack and Diane's and Rainey Street Bar are all under various stages of construction/rehabilitation.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
Rainey Street reviews
This is my opinion was way better than 6th street on Halloween! Bar after bar of fun outdoor live music!
This is my opinion was way better than 6th street on Halloween! Bar after bar of fun outdoor live music! more »
Plan your trip to Austin
- Get a personalized tripA full day by day itinerary based on your preferences
- Customize itRefine your trip. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
- Manage itEverything in one place. Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Austin
Side trips from Austin
Parks in Austin
Hidden gems in Austin
Shopping in Austin
Trips in Rainey Street by other users
10 days in Austin & San Antonio BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Austin San Antonio 4 days in Austin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Becker Vineyards (Winery) Kuhlman Cellars Hye Meadow Winery 4 days in Austin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Becker Vineyards (Winery) Kuhlman Cellars Hye Meadow Winery 60 days in Austin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES SeaWorld Austin Nature & Science Center Barton Springs Pool 7 days in Austin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc. Climbing Tours San Marcos River 7 days in Austin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES Exotic Resort Zoo, Inc. Climbing Tours San Marcos River