Prior to IH-35 being built, this street was just a quaint neighborhood of bungalow homes positioned near Lady Bird Lake. The construction of IH-35 cut these homes off from the rest of the neighborhood. This change caused many of the homes to since be converted into bars and restaurants making Rainey Street a wonderful walking entertainment district. You’ll find local brews, food trucks and lots of fun backyard games perfect for a laid-back night of socializing. The crowd is composed mostly of post-college locals and some college students enjoying Rainey Street.
Parking can be a little difficult along Rainey Street. We recommend taking a rideshare here. There is a paid lot just off Driskill Street. The Mexican American Cultural Center has normal public parking as well. Others will often mention parking in a parking garage just off Cesar Chavez and Trinity or even Brazos and walking.