Continuing with my bar portraits from Rainey Street, we have Icenhauer’s. Unlike the three bars I featured several days ago, this one is located on the other side, on the east side of Rainey, halfway down the street.
I didn’t realize this fully restored house dates back from 1895, and it remained a family residence until 2009. It was brought back to life with the help of a famous local architect, Michael Hsu, salvaging as much as the original as possible.
The tower behind Icenhauer’s is the Homewood Suites by Hilton, which opened a year and a half ago. Unfortunately, these high-rises detract from the original quaintness of the neighborhood, as well as the restored bars. I guess that’s progress.
You might notice the food truck on the left. It’s typical for Austin bars to partner with these trucks to give patrons a food option. Many of the Rainey Street bars have them, and there are two food truck parks on the block. It’s a very Austin scene.
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