History

theblackheart_inside_fullbarverticalThe House

The Blackheart is located in the heart of the Historic Rainey Street District in Austin, Texas. The House at 86 Rainey Street was constructed in 1889 for Augustus Basnett, a weighmaster and inspector, who resided there for approximately 11 years. The house was designed with Victorian-influenced form and details. Around 1920, an addition was built at the rear of the house to create a multi-family dwelling. Over the years the house had many residents and tenants, including several carpenters, a painter, a waitress, a cabinetmaker, and a state health department maintenance man.

Rainey Street was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.

The Bar

The process of transforming the historic house into a bar involved using reclaimed wood and materials that were part of the property as much as possible in an effort to preserve the aesthetic of the Victorian-influenced design of the original structure. In the spirit of things beautiful and historic, the bar is decorated with several pictures of the hard-working women of Storyville, the red light district of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1897-1917.

The Blackheart features a wide selection of whiskeys as well as traditional and specialty cocktails, beer, wine, and cigars.