Call this colorful and populated stretch of street “SoCo” - no Southern accent required - and you’ll sound like a born and bred local. COVE BOUTIQUE: Shop upscale, resort-inspired clothing and accessories in a travel-themed setting. coveclothing.com HOME SLICE PIZZA: Thin crust pies, local beers and an order-by-the-slice window with a retro vibe keeps this joint jumping noon to late night. homeslicepizza.com GO BATTY From March to November, elbow your way into a spot on the Congress Avenue Bridge to watch as the world’s largest urban bat colony emerges from beneath. BAT’S EYE VIEW: Get a different perspective by taking the Lone Star Riverboat Bat Cruise (lonestarriverboat.com) and catching the sight from Lady Bird Lake. MUSIC SCENE: From historic blues clubs to record shops stacked with obscure vinyl, the rhythm of this road is gonna get you. THE CONTINENTAL CLUB: Dubbed the granddaddy of live music venues, this famed locale has had stage presence since 1955. continentalclub.com YARD DOG ART GALLERY: Peruse contemporary folk art in a setting packed with quirky local talent. HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS Famed local singer/ songwriter Bob Schneider’s art frequently graces the walls. yarddogart.com SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL: Not just for chic slumbering, locals frequent the modern minimalist boutique hotel to partake in on-site features like restaurants Central Standard (centralstandardaustin.com), Café No Sé (cafenose.com) and Otoko (otokoaustin.com), as well as Mañana coffee bar (mananaaustin.com) and several retail spots. southcongresshotel.com TIP TIPS AT TenOverTen Step into this lovely lobbylevel nail salon and ask for the signature blue polish called Austin, inspired by the Southern denim culture. tenoverten.com ALLENS BOOTS: The “sole” of Texas style is all about calf-kissing footwear. Visit this Austin landmark for more than 4,000 boots, plus cowboy hats, clothing and accessories. allensboots.com JO’S COFFEE: This free-standing bean scene offers breakfast tacos, pastries and caffeinated bombs like the Iced Turbo. EMBRACE TRADITION Be sure to snap a selfie in front of the “I love you so much” mural. joscoffee.com MAYA STAR: This South Congress fashion boutique is on-trend, redefining urban chic with swoonworthy indie labels and natural gemstone necklaces. [mayastar.com] (http://mayastar.com) AMY’S ICE CREAMS: Get your licks at the famous walk-up stand with personalityplus scoop masters. amysicecreams.com. THE SCOOP: Order the Mexican Vanilla. DOUBLE SCOOP: Mad for ice cream? Schedule a tour of the production facility to see how the magic happens. 512.458.3188 PERLA’S SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR: An eye-catching coastal patio setting ideal for people watching while shooting oysters. perlasaustin.com Music History Lesson: Top notch recording spot Arlyn Studios has featured A-list performers to the tune of Willie Nelson, Les Paul and Neil Young. arlynstudios.com
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