On a sunny day, there’s no place like SoCo. Fabulous restaurants, funky vintage shops, chic boutiques, cool bars and live music. Always, live music. PLAY VIDEO SOUTH CONGRESS HOTEL: This beautifully designed hotel boasts gorgeous rooms, two boutiques, tenoverten nail salon and five spots to eat and drink, including the acclaimed Otoko. southcongresshotel.com THE CONTINENTAL CLUB/THE CONTINENTAL GALLERY: Head upstairs to the Gallery for avantgarde jazz or try downstairs for a variety of roots, rockabilly and Americana. continentalclub.com HOME SLICE PIZZA: Enormous thin-crust pies with creative toppings and a wait. Skip the line and head next door for slices-to-go. homeslicepizza.com HOPDODDY: Bite into their big-as-life burgers and wash it down with a boozy shake. hopdoddy.com JO’S COFFEE & I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MURAL: Snag an Iced Turbo and a selfie in front of the “I love you so much” painted wall. joscoffee.com LUCY IN DISGUISE: Live your Halloween dreams at this costume shop with everything from Lady Gaga to Ghostbusters. lucyindisguise.com EGO’S: This basement dive bar is where karaoke legends are born. facebook: @egos HOTEL SAN JOSE: Spend a tranquil night or just take a break with a Frosé on the patio. sanjosehotel.com STILL AUSTIN WHISKEY CO. Fold out a lawn chair and kick back with friends. Enjoy tastings, tours and a truly unique event venue in the new St. Elmo Public Market. stillaustin.com TESOROS TRADING COMPANY: Find fair trade folk art and craft treasures from exotic destinations. tesoros.com Light Up the Night Join the big block party on the FIRST THURSDAY (firstthursdayaustin.com) of the month on SoCo. Artisan markets and stores are open until 10 p.m., restaurants are buzzing and live music pours out of every door. On Wednesdays and weekends, head to GÜERO’S OAK GARDEN for live Americana and blues (guerostacobar.com).
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