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    To all you poetic and noble land-mermaids, you are cordially invited to our second annual Galentine’s Day!

    Sip on the Leslie & the Ann while you & your friends get your boy band fix courtesy of PDA Band (8-10 pm)

    We will also have a few of our favorite boss ladies popping up with us from 7:30-10:00 pm:

    Succulents by Reeve
    Milk Moon
    Turquoise Collective
    Jennifer Lovena Textiles

    Be one of the first 20 ladies to arrive & snag a “Party Don’t Stop” headband from Packed Party.

    In the words of Leslie Knope, “Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.”

      PDA performs EVERY Thursday in the backyard of Icenhauer’s from 9 pm to 11 pm for FREE! PDA covers all the hits including Top 40, 80s, 90s and early 2000s hits as well as Motown, R&B & Funk.

      *Show is weather dependent.

        Shopping during the holidays can be stressful. We’re making it stress free.

        Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or you want to treat your self (do it!) we’ll be hosting a number of local vendors who have a little something something for everyone! Plus you’ll be supporting local businesses. It’s a win-win.

        Live Music
        Seasonal Drink Menu
        Photo Booth
        Food Truck Gobble Gobble

        21 & up.

          Grab Your Santa Suit and Jingle All the Way — to Rainey Street!

          Join us at SantaCon on Saturday, December 8 for a merry Santa-themed pub crawl benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas! Complete with food and drink specials, festive Reindeer Games and friendly team competition, amazing prizes, and plenty of opportunities to network and socialize, SantaCon promises to be a jolly afternoon that supports children in our community!

          Dressed in Santa Suits and other Christmas-themed attire, SantaCon revelers (ages 21+) convene for a great time to benefit a great cause. All proceeds from the event go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, supporting their work to change kids’ lives for the better, forever.
          With over 400 children still waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Sister, SantaCon provides more children with the caring, adult mentors they need and deserve.

          Individual tickets just $20 at https://give.classy.org/SantaCon18 .
          Join a team and register for the Reindeer Games at http://give.classy.org/ReindeerGames18 .

          Please join us for this year’s SantaCon. It’s sure to keep you off Santa’s Naughty List!
          Learn more at www.bigmentoring.org or 512-472-5437.

          All good things must come to an end, and Bar 96 on Rainey St. will be closing its doors for good today. Thanks for the memories—and also for the nights we don’t remember! Pretty sure they were awesome, too.

          Come pay your respects with a final day of fun. They’ll drink specials, a dunk tank with your favorite staff members, and DJ Will Rhodes be spinning some nice tunes.

          (There also might be a tattoo artist there to give you a Bar 96 tattoo so you can never, ever forget this spot.)

          When: Today, July 9th

          Time: 2-5 p.m.

          Bar 96
          96 Rainey St.
          Austin, Texas 78701

          It seems like just yesterday I wandered into Lustre Pearl for the first time. It was the only bar in the neighborhood at that point, and offered an escape from downtown that was as equally refreshing as their cheap beer served in complimentary coozies.

          The street has evolved tremendously since then, and while I loved it as a secret hideout from the rest of Austin, the growth has introduced a diverse offering of both food and drink.

          We started the concept of this post as a ‘complete guide to Rainey Street,’ but then thought it might be more rewarding to create a scavenger hunt-style checklist of unique things to do at each of our favorite bars/restaurants on the block.

          While we advise against trying to conquer all of these in one day; if you complete the checklist, post pictures (or it didn’t happen) to Instagram with the hashtag #365RaineyStreetChallenge and tag us @365ThingsAustin — we’ll send you a free copy of 100 Things To Do In Austin Before You Die, and give you a shoutout for your accomplishments.


          1. Bangers– Go for brunch on a Sunday and order the Manmosa- a full bottle of champagne in a giant mug with a splash of OJ or Cranberry Juice.
          Banger's Manmosa
          2. Craft Pride – Ask one of the incredibly knowledgeable bartenders what current craft beer offering would pair best with a pepperoni pizza, then walk out back and order The Detroiter from local pizza heroes VIA 313.
          Photo courtesy of www.Austin.CityVoter.com

          Photo courtesy of www.Austin.CityVoter.com

          1.  Bar 96 – Make a sports bet with a friend then watch the game here. Simply watching any UT Football game also qualifies.
          1.  Half Step – The other drinks on the menu will look amazing, but ask for the Bartender’s Choice. He or she will take a moment to discuss your likes and dislikes, then create something from scratch, right before your very eyes. Bonus points if you come up with a witty new name for your concoction.
          1.  Bungalow – Take a photo in front of the (slightly less famous than its Congress relative) “I hate you so much” wall.
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          6. Clive – One of the Rainey originals, Clive still has one of the most beautiful bar interiors on the street. Order an Old Fashioned or a glass of wine; take it out to the patio- rinse and repeat.

          7. Icenhauer’s – The titles on their drink menu are all girl’s names. If your name is listed, order that. If it isn’t, cover up the side of the menu that lists ingredients, and order the name that speaks to you the most.

          Bonus: There’s also a delicious off-menu cocktail named The Ashley. It consists of Hatch Chile Infused Espolon Silver Tequila, Mango, Red Pepper Simple Syrup and Fresh Lime Juice. When in doubt, order this.

          Icenhauer's Drinks

          8. The Blackheart – Blackheart was recently named one of the top 20 bourbon/whiskey bars in the country. Ask the bartender for a recommendation and enjoy the free live music that starts at 9pm every night of the week.

          9. Lucille – Come here thirsty, then ‘like’ Lucille on Facebook for 20% off your total tab (weekdays only).

          Lucille Austin
          10. Geraldine The Rainey Street Guinea Fowl – Snap a photo of Geraldine, one of Rainey Street‘s most famous residents. She’s usually roaming around near the south end of Rainey. Please be respectful though, her once quaint neighborhood has been turned into 6th street‘s aggressive little brother.
          Update: Geraldine was unfortunately hit by a car shortly after this was written 🙁
          You can replace this one by visiting the restaurant at Hotel Van Zandt, Geraldine’s, that was named in her honor. The views from the outdoor patio provide great views of Town Lake and Downtown Austin.
          Photo courtesy of Geraldine's Facebook Page

          Photo courtesy of Geraldine’s Facebook Page

          It’s weekend in Austin and that means time to brunch! While the list of places to brunch in Austin is quite endless Javelina is one of my favorites. It’s located on Rainey Street, dogs are welcome and on Saturday and Sundays they serve FREE pancakes from noon to 1:00 p.m.


          If pancakes are not your thing they also have a brunch menu with favorites like green chili pork fries and the javelin sliders.  It is a pretty chill location and unless you have a ton of will power brunch will probably be the start to an afternoon of roaming Rainey Street.

          Javelina Bar
          69 Rainey Street
          Austin, Texas 78701


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          March Madness officially ends tonight at Michigan and Louisville take part in the championship game. When it comes to watching big sporting events it is always fun to be with a crowd as the excitement makes it more fun to watch.

          bar 96

          Bar 96 is one of my favorite stops along Rainey Street. They have great indoor and outdoor seating, plenty of TV’s and great all around atmosphere. They also have fun games like giant Jenga, ring toss, corn hole and others to add to your entertainment and good times. For those looking for good game time fun tonight, it is sure to meet your expectations.

          Since Texas is not playing, the fact that there are 144 days until Longhorn Football returns to my life is what I am most excited about.

          As always, be responsible – don’t drink and drive.

          96 Rainey Street
          Austin, Texas 78701


          Photo credit: Bar 96 Facebook Page


          If you are already up and at ’em you should defiantly make your way to the Mighty Texas Dog Walk as this is my favorite dog event in Austin each year. If you prefer to stay in your bed this morning but still want some dog fun later this puppy pub crawl has your name in on!


          This Pub Crawl for you and your pup will have three stops! Javelina’s Bar, Banger’s Sausage House and Bungalow Bar. Each stop along the way will have a different activity for you and your dog. The first 100 people will receiver Bourbon Cake Bites. There will be a Party Animal Photo Booth, Caricature Drawing Set Up, I Love You So Much Photo Booth, a raffle and plenty of fun for the perfect afternoon.

          If you have made it this far in the post and don’t have a dog, odds are you probably want one. Check out our Pet of the Week who is looking for a forever home and will make your heart melt.

          When: today, March 23rd

          Time: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

          Rainey Street
          Austin, Texas 78701



          Join Walk Your Dog Austin and Yard Bar for FUN, FRIENDS and BEER!!!

          It’s our second crawl and we are gonna PARTY!


          REMEMBER::::Drink responsibly! Your dog deserves a safe ride home!

          WYDA Facebook Team

          This week locals and visitors alike keep asking me where to go to experience Austin/SXSW. I have been out and about every day and  so far Rainey Street has been the best stop for those lacking any credentials.


          I know as well as the next person that when you are in a town that you do not know much about it can be hard to figure out where the locals hang out. While 6th Street is fun and often the more famous of the “bar” streets in Austin, Rainey Street offers a little more low key kind of fun.

          I will tell you that yes, there are several bars on Rainey Street that are closed for private parties. So far I have found myself at Clive, who was giving away an hour of free beer last night, Bangers, and Craft Pride. None of these places were badges needed.  If you are looking for some SXSW fun but want to keep it semi-calm this is where I recommend hanging out.

          Here are also a few pointers that I have picked up over the last few days. They are pretty obvious but none the less worth mentioning.

          • Keep your cell phone charger with you at all times. Having access to your phone & social media is key to SXSW. There are so many updates via twitter that a phone is necessary. To make it a little simpler on yourself, just keep your charger in your pocket, you won’t regret it. I’ve seen countless people in search of a charger the last few days.
          • Follow @SouthByFreeNOMS on twitter. They are the go to source for free eats and parties all over town.
          • Do not even think about driving/parking downtown. Unless you don’t mind paying upwards of $25 dollars to park your car, don’t even try. Get dropped off, bike, take a smart car, rent a bike, pedicab, walk, take the bus, metro rail, cab – anything besides drive. The streets become pure gridlock so save yourself the frustration.
          • Drink water. If you plan on taking advantage of all the free goodness that comes with SX, take every opportunity to drink water that you can. The days are long and you want to be ready for the next.

          Have fun folks! Be safe.

          Rainey Street
          Austin, Texas 78701