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Bar 96 

The historic stretch of road near downtown Austin known as Rainey Street has emerged in recent years as one of the newest hot spots in the city. Once a collection of residential bungalow homes close to the banks of Lady Bird Lake, Rainey is now the site of many intriguing bars and eateries that have repurposed the old houses for business. It's here where you'll find a number of unique venues for off-site events and meetings.

Banger's Sausage House & Beer Garden offers planners plenty of space inside as well as outside, thanks to its large outdoor patio. The specialty here is sausage and bangers, and with a dynamic menu that changes seasonally, there is always something for every taste. The venue also hosts a number of live music events, making it a great spot for parties and meetings.

Bar 96 (pictured above) is known for its entertaining games and fun environment. The bar features jumbo jenga, sporting events, dominoes and plenty of other games to keep your meeting attendees entertained. This popular Rainey street bar serves up a variety of drinks and food, and offers plenty of room for large groups and parties.

Another great option is Clive Bar, a welcoming bar that opens into a great back patio with plenty of seating. Lucille Patio Lounge features two full-service bars, one inside and one out, and the large patio offers guests classic games, such as a putting green and bean-bag toss.

Food trucks are also a prominent feature of Rainey Street. On the south end of the road, just across from Bangers, there is a small park that features four to five different food trucks serving up unique cuisines. This makes for a great casual spot to host a meeting or business lunch. The White House event venue features a "United Nations of Food" Trailer Park on its lot, which has several food carts that are open for lunch. The Backyard Eatery is actually one of two shifting taco trucks-Art of Tacos and Tapas Bravas-located behind the house, providing a fun, intimate atmosphere for your event.

G'raj Mahal, located just off Rainey Street, is planning a new food truck location along with a brand new brick and mortar restaurant on Rainey, which will have a built-in trailer of sorts. Most of the seating will be outside, with a small amount of seats inside, along with a wine and beer bar, and catering for parties is available.

For something completely different, host your attendees at The Container Bar (opening soon), a venue constructed from seven different "up-cycled" shipping containers. The containers are arranged to create an 8,000-square-foot space with indoor areas, an outdoor bar and several spacious balconies. Each container is fitted with different interior finishing, giving each one a distinct atmosphere.

Choose from any of these venues and many others on Rainey Street for a truly unique meeting, dinner party or happy hour event. Call on one of our experts to start planning your Austin meeting.