Hit These Essential Cocktails Bars on Rainey Street

The cocktail scene truly is present across all of Austin — and we’re hardly complaining! Craft cocktail bars Downtown, on the East Side, and our current spotlight: the historic Rainey Street. Here on Rainey, you’ll find an adorable collection of old houses-turned-bars serving up some of the finest drinks around… without having to find your way into someplace secret. These are the best cocktail bars on Rainey Street!

The Tipsy Alchemist

70 Rainey St Suite 200, Austin, TX 78701

The Tipsy Alchemist has hands-down some of the coolest cocktails in Austin. Of course their selection of craft cocktails is great, but what really makes this place fun to visit is the scientific twists they have on their style of drink making. It always proves to be quite a spectacle, and one of the drinks is even served in a lightbulb!


83 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Icenhauer’s is located in a house whose history dates all the way back to 1895 when it was originally built! The entryway and front two rooms are part of the original construction, and the rest has been newly renovated — which similarly describes their cocktails, classic foundations with unique modernizations. 

Half Step

75 1/2 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Half Step is one of the most pleasant little cocktail bars on Rainey Street, with several of the marquee classic drinks from the decades. There’s often live music shows and other fun events throughout the month, plus a great dog-friendly patio space and a doughnut food truck!


86 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Not only does Augustine have great cocktails in a fun and comfortable atmosphere, but it is also one of the healthiest bars on Rainey. You’ll never see a single syrup flavoring here, their mouth-watering concoctions are flavored from fresh juices, fruits, and the occasional agave. 


77 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Lucille has a spectacular shaded patio complete with classic games, and even hammocks for all your relaxing needs. There are also two full-service bars so a fresh drink is never far! The drinks are all made with local Texas liquors, and their seasonal specialties have just been released.

Idle Hands

85 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

Everything at Idle Hands has been inspired by travels throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The tropical snacks and cocktails will have you feeling like you’re sipping on a beach somewhere in full vacation mode — even in winter! 

Parlor Room

88 Rainey St, Austin, TX 78701

The Parlor Room is located in an old Craftsman house, but today the focus is on craft cocktails. They have a little bit of everything — a large patio space, live music, a dance floor, even board games; whatever outing you were hoping to have, you can have it here.


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