Bars On Rainey Street

Bars On Rainey Street

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Over the weekend I was walking down Rainey Street and decided to collect photos of the explosion of TABC application permits. It’s worth pointing out again our belief that downtown Austin has an “over saturation of bars” to quote Tom Stacy at today’s RECA luncheon. Single nighttime only uses would be short sighted, and will fail to tap into the consumer demands of the 858+ residences in the Rainey Street neighborhood. Of course, TABC application posts do not indicate that the venue will just be a bar – the venue is just as likely to be a restaurant or cafe.

Below is a complete list of burgeoning Rainey Street venues. DAB readers, please use the comments to fill in any details you know about these venues.

[Link to recent Statesman article]

“El Naranjito”
85 Rainey Street
application only

“Container Bar”
90 Rainey Street
application only

96 Rainey Street
under construction (link)

Lustre Pearl
97 Rainey Street
open for business

Clive Bar
609 Davis Street
application + under construction


85 Rainey Street

85 Rainey Street - El Naranjito (?)

90 Rainey Street

90 Rainey Street - Container Bar

609 Davis Street - Clive Bar

609 Davis Street - Clive Bar

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  1. the people who have lived on Rainey for many years feel the same way about the new high rise residential buildings, that you feel about the proliferation of bars. First come the yuppies, then come the parking problems, then the bars/retaurants, there goes the neighborhood.

  2. There’s now a food trailer at that location named “El Naranjo”. I’m wondering if it’s related to this lady and the restaurant of the same name she sold in Oaxaca:

  3. It appears that it’s an MB permit without the LB designation (Mixed Beverage, but not Late Hours). If that stands, they could only serve drinks until 1 AM on Sat. and midnight on other days. I wonder if El Naranjito (“Little Orange”) might indicate some type of juice bar, or if it’ll be a restaurant (several countries like Puerto Rico and Ecuador have areas with this name).

  4. @Chris, you can tell from the photo that you can probably walk up to the window and tell. I might just walk over and do that later.

  5. The TABC application signs are a bit more discreet than all those “For Sale” signs. I suggest opening the “Car Bar” you know where. Greed, liquor and good ole tax revenue- cheers mayor & council!!!

  6. Good find on “El Naranjito”. It’s too bad the door is blocking the area of the sign that would indicate whether they are applying for the late hours permit. Knowing that might offer a clue as to whether they are planning a cafe/restaurant vs. another bar. Hopefully a balance of businesses can be achieved, and hopefully programs like Great Streets will help preserve the Rainey Street neighborhood as a green, pedestrian-dominant area before parking, pollution, and traffic congestion say otherwise.

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