Rainey Street Bars


69 Rainey, 512/382-6917, www.javelinabar.com
Mon.-Fri., 4pm-2am Sat.-Sun., noon-2am
Rainey Street Bars
Photo by John Anderson


69 Rainey, 382-6917
Monday-Saturday, 4pm-2am; Sunday, noon-2am

Javelina is a recent newcomer to the scene. It's not much to look at from the outside, but inside is a bright, airy space with plenty of character, and the tables in the wraparound (and dog-friendly) patio are spaced far enough apart to provide a certain privacy. Drinks include lots of local brews, specialty cocktails, and a selection of wines I actually want to drink – and they also serve bar grub like queso, burgers, wraps, and salads. We love the Javelina Eggs ($6.50), a version of Scotch eggs featuring hard-boiled eggs wrapped in pork sausage, lightly breaded and fried, served with House 69 sauce (a spicy mayonnaise), and the hand-cut sweet potato fries (which can be smothered in queso or green chile pork). The staff is super friendly, accommodating, and knowledgeable – a huge plus in our book – and there's ample room at the bar to hang out and visit with the expert bartenders. Claudia Alarcón

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