About Us

Lavaca Street Bar, the original location serving Austin's Downtown area for over 20 years!

  • Catch all of your favorite NFL, NCAA, MLB, NBA and NHL teams on one of our 25
  • televisions and enjoy a drink from our 12 revolving tap handles.


Lavaca St. Bar is a 21+ establishment. Valid I.D. required for entry. Please drink responsibly

Meet Our Team

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Mike Ciminelli

Lead Bartender

Mike Ciminelli is originally from Rochester, NY. The youngest of 3 brothers he learned at an early age how to hold his own and keep pace. Potty trained at 8 months, riding his bike by 4. Left snowstorms for suntans when he headed down to FAU in Boca Raton, FL to attend college. While attending school he began honing his skills behind the bar when he needed a way to support his expensive habit of betting on the The Buffalo Bills. Moved to Austin, TX in 2012 and has been at Lavaca since coming over from our sister bar, the Rattle Inn, in 2014. Thinks John Cusaks' Better Off Dead is highly underated and tears up multiple times throughout Cuba and Deniros' Men of Honor. When Mike is behind the bar you are always in for good laughs, solid convo, and great drinks. Lives every day by the wise words of the great Marv Levy, "Where Else would you rather be then right here right now" and makes you feel the same way when your across the bar from him. Go Bills!

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Kaitlin Bachman

Lead Bartender

Kaitlin Bachman was born and raised in Austin so it's no surprise she's a real Wild Child. Or unicorn. Whatever you guys call it these days. After graduating culinary school she started building her craft with various local companies and Austin staples and thus has plenty of stories to pass along about how weird this little 'ol city can be. Whether it be chatting with someone she just met, or with her oldest friend, her charm and wit are a force to be reckoned with. On her days off you can find her at the Greenbelt with her pup, Pebbles (AKA Little Rocks AKA the best damn dog around) enjoying the sun, or on a shaded patio sipping whiskey to wind down. Travel, adventure, and never turning down dares is how she lives her life and encourages those around her to do so as well. As she slides you over your next cold one it'll begin to feel like you've been talking to an old friend all night with this lady! And she'll be sure to remind you a beer is nothing without shot to accompany it, don't be a baby.


Rachel Fullegar

Lead Bartender

Born in Baton Rouge, raised on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Breeze, Florida then a journey to Nashville, Tennessee for college; it's no wonder Rachel has had a hard time calling one amazing city home; that is, until she found Austin in 2006. Rachel moved here to work in the music industry, and work in it she did, helping book musicians all over the state of Texas and making some really great memories along the way. Memories don't pay the bills though, so Rachel took a job at one of the best musician dive bars in Austin serving them their whiskey and beer. There, she made not only memories, but lifelong Austin family. After leaving Austin in 2011, she found herself back in 2016; this time to settle down for good. When she isn't behind the bar you can find her hanging out with her two dogs, Bowen and JJ, and her cat, Trish, or catching a live show on any given night of the week. She bleeds purple and gold and never misses an LSU football game on a Saturday or a Saints game on a Sunday! Guess it's a good thing she works at a sports bar!