Some people thought a hotel on Rainey Street meant that Rainey had officially sold out, but the team at Hotel Van Zandt did their best to honor the Rainey neighborhood. For example, they named their restaurant Geraldine’s, after the guineafowl who used to run around Rainey Street just a couple of years ago (RIP). The hotel fits right in on Rainey, with its not-cheesy music-themed decor and chill atmosphere. The food here is far fancier than what you’ll get at nearby food trucks, so come when you’re ready for a nice meal. The menu is Southern-ish, which means dishes like shrimp hushpuppies and barbecued short rib. There’s live music every night, too, so stick around a little later for what’s usually a pretty solid show.
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Clive Bar was the first Rainey Street bar and has a great mezcal bar located in a shack out back for when you want to escape the crowd inside.
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Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden
For casual group dinners or day drinking sessions, Banger’s on Rainey Street has you covered with beer, sausages, and lots of outdoor seating.
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