Too Much Noise on Rainey Street?

Finding the Right Venue

Austin Texas has one of the best bar scenes any anywhere in the world and is expanding at a rate that keeps it impossible for the average person to keep up. Even the local Austinites have trouble finding the perfect spot to have a decently priced drink while listening to good music. So imagine being a tourist passing through hoping to find the right spot… good luck.

A view of 6th Street in Austin during South by Southwest. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Photo Details: Handheld 3 exposure shot at ISO 1600 using Canon EOS 7D. Tonemapped HDR using Photomatix's details enhancer option. Processed in Photoshop with Topaz Adjust and cropped. All comments or criticism are, as always, welcome.
A view of 6th Street in Austin during SXSW.

Finding the right place to hang completely depends what you are into as well as how deep your wallet runs. With so many different areas in town… There is a good chance you may find yourself in the wrong area of town with no escape. Throughout the new few months I plan to review several different areas of town as well as specific venues within those areas.

The Blackheart 

Whether you are just looking for a good place to hang and have a drink or you are a musician looking for a gig. I would recommend The Blackheart to almost anyone. Located on the north end of Rainey Street it is in the heart of one of the hippest areas of town. For those of you who don’t know… Less than a decade ago Rainey Street was no where near what it is today. It was merely a rough part of town with old run down houses. Until some group of geniuses came up with the idea to buy them out, completely gut them, and turn them into bars.

Why Blackheart?

I personally enjoy Blackheart because of the vibe you get immediately upon entering the gates. A gravel yard where people are able to quietly converse and sip their drinks while sitting at iron tables. Walk through the front door and you’ll enter the living room which is now a full bar on one side and a small stage on the other. Perfect for small intimate shows but it can certainly become a rowdy dance party with the right band.

The Blackheart. Photo by: David Lewetag
The Blackheart. Photo by: David Lewetag

If the bar inside is too crowded and you need some fresh air you can walk to the backyard. A very spacious area with an extra bar on an elevated deck. This deck wraps around the space looking down on picnic tables and a dance area for those interested in getting down to whatever band is playing on the big wooden outside stage that night.

You can visit Blackhearts website to find out more on drink specials and what musical acts are playing when!

Noise Complaints

The one thing that I don’t understand is the noise complaints that some of these bars have been receiving. Venues are having to shut down early to avoid being ticketed. I guess it doesn’t make sense to me that if you are moving into a condo in the live music capitol of the world… What entitles these people to complain about the noise? Did they not know what they were getting themselves into? I understand there being rules and regulations but to have to shut off outside music at 10:30 in downtown Austin seems a bit crazy to me no matter what day it is. Both the musicians and bar owners are trying to make a living and shutting off that early is several hours of business that no one will get.


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