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Rainey Street, Austin

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The Rainey Street Historic District is a street of historic homes, many of the bungalow style, in downtown Austin, Texas.
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.
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  • We enjoyed our time here a lot more than we did on 6th Street. A lot more music, better drinks, and a tamer crowd. Really good music! The drinks were good quality. Loved all the food trucks. We...  more »
  • This is where all the young adults hang at night. Even if it's not your thing, what they've done down there is pretty neat. Clean-Trendy-Safe. I definitely liked it a lot more than 6th street at...  more »

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