The Rainey Street Historic District was once a street of historic homes, many of the bungalow style, that had been converted into bars and restaurants in this funky downtown neighborhood.
Conveniently located between Lady Bird Lake and I-35 in the southeast corner of downtown, this neighborhood truly has a historic character relative to other areas of the city. Once a sleepy residential street, the area is now a blossoming epicenter in the central business district just blocks from the Austin Convention Center.
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is located in the Rainey Street district, along with lots of bars, restaurants, live music venues, and cocktail lounges with ample backyards and porches. A few favorites include: Javelina, Bar 96, Container Bar, Clive, Blackheart, Bangers, and Nova.