Imagine a neighborhood where every house has its own personal bar that is welcome to all visitors. Sounds like a heaven on earth, doesn't it? Lucky for you, Austin has a street that is essentially just that.
Rainey Street has back-to-back bars on both sides of the street and a park area full of a variety of different food trucks. Now, I know what you're thinking, this would be a perfect spot for New Year's Eve. If so, you're absolutely correct, so we've compiled a list of the best Rainey Street events on New Year's Eve in Austin.
Are you the kind of person who enjoys drinking in a dimly-lit bar while enjoying smooth music and talking to friends in a more laid back environment? If that's the case, then Half Step bar is the place for you!
Enjoy a laidback New Year's Eve at the Half Step while listening to the music of The Michael Hall Trio and Mac Mcintosh. Best of all, at midnight you'll be able to toast to the new year with a complimentary glass of champagne. Gather up a group of your closest friends and head down to this Austin staple on Rainey Street!
Sure, a glass of champagne is nice, but some amazing food to go with it is even better! Named after a bird that used to roam freely on Rainey Street, Geraldine's will be hosting a live music New Years Eve party this year featuring the R&B music of Austin natives Candi and the Muthaload, and Ben Cina.
This Rainey street staple is not only known for its expansive list of artisan house cocktails but also contemporary Austin cuisine that's served in a unique communal dining setting. Don't pass up this night of fantastic food, drinks, and free music!
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Don't you hate when you go to see a live show and chatty Kathy has to comment on everything? Well, fear not this New Year's Eve as the Bungalow will be hosting a silent disco! For all who are unfamiliar with this relatively new phenomenon, a silent disco is just like seeing a live DJ but everyone has their own pair of headphones so you can really focus on the music.
The Bungalow will have a special New Year's Eve countdown, and, best of all, this event is free! Head over to the Bungalow on Rainey Street if you want to dance your heart out to your favorite music without distractions this New Year's Eve.
Fun fact: you're not celebrating New Year's correctly if there's not some sort of live music playing wherever you are! If you're planning on going somewhere where there isn't live music, I'd recommend you reconsider your options.
This New Year's Eve, The Parlor Room will be hosting a celebration that will have music from Austin's own DJ LA D Da. Also, they'll be doing a special countdown that you won't want to miss. If you're looking for a spacious bar for you and all your crew to enjoy some great music, look no further than this Rainey Street Staple.
However you decide to celebrate New Year's Eve in Austin this year, just make sure you make it a special night because this night only come once a year.
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