Half Step is a low-key club with dark wood booths that serves a small selection of specialty drinks. Like many Rainey Street pubs, Half Step is housed in a modest refurbished home — yet the concept, not to mention the bar’s skill, sets it distinctly. The previously run-down edifice was gutted and refurbished, and it is now decorated with floral wallpaper, booths, and indoor and outdoor stages for artists. Chris Bostick, the former general manager of L.A.’s hidden cocktail club Varnish, built a gorgeous bar program with painstakingly constructed products like the draught Ginger Paloma (made with tequila, grapefruit, ginger, burritos, and toronja).
The two bars, which have both an indoor and outdoor area, allow customers to move between the calmer inside and the more pleasant outside, where local and traveling bands can perform, concentrating on live jazz, blues, soul, and bluegrass music. You are relaxing here. The artisan-era building is a great place to relax with a cocktail and make new friends, featuring a well-kept porch, living-room-style interior, and backyard with railings and seating. You can find regular customers relaxing in the shade of a tree or pretending to be themselves at the front door. Depending on the day, events such as live country music and hot dog eating contests can captivate the party audience.
The cocktails here are simple and perfect for a relaxing atmosphere. Not too complicated and not too flashy; most are made of 4 or fewer materials. The formula included New Orleans bucks (aged lamb, pineapple, lime, orange juice, ginger, bitters, Selzer) and wildflowers (cognac, rum glycol, lime, maple, cinnamon). There is no food at this restaurant (except for occasional meal contests), but there are plenty of food trucks in the neighborhood. The bartender treats the bar as if he lived there. They became known for their genuine southern hospitality. A cozy afternoon in the backyard or a warm evening with a refreshing cocktail and small talk. So, this is one of the best bars Austin has to offer. If you are ever in the city, we recommend you check out this bar with your pals.