97 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701
The front yard is gated in, covered in gravel and outfitted with many chairs and tables, perfect for those who prefer conversation over loud music. The fact that it is in a home means it's not just one large, open room; there are several different rooms you can mingle in. There are a few seats in each room and some around the bar, but it’s mostly standing room. Inside, the wood beams of the roof are visible, the walls are ripped apart with exposed plaster and the wood floors are stripped down. But the rooms are painted in soft pastels and outfitted in off-white furniture and trimming, and there are oddly fancy chandeliers hanging form the ceiling which makes the grunginess somehow seem hip. It is a bit sparse, but deliberately so.
On the back wall, a garage door opens to an outdoor patio with hula hoops and a ping pong table that doubles as a beer pong table. This is great a cool night, but I was there on a warm night, and it got a little too hot and sticky.
Music is provided by an old-school jukebox, giving patrons the option to change the soundtrack. It is filled with classics such as Michael Jackson, Neil Diamond and the Beatles in addition to modern rock and indie music such as Elliott Smith, MGMT and Kings of Leon.
Food and Drinks
Unfortunately, there are zero food offerings, which is disappointing if you usually like snacking during happy hour. There is an IHOP just across the street that you can visit if you are starving.