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. If you're wondering where to go and what to do on South Congress Avenue in Austin, Texas, read our guide to the neighborhood and get to exploring.
Home Slice Pizza. Credit Jane Ko.
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.
Buffalo Bill and fries. courtesy of Hopdoddy Burger Bar.
Bite into their big-as-life burgers and wash it down with a boozy shake.
Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds. Credit Fernie Renteria.
Lucy in Disguise
Live your Halloween dreams at this costume shop with everything from Lady Gaga to Ghostbusters.
This basement dive bar is where karaoke legends are born.
Musician Tje Austin at Jo's. Credit Annie Ray.
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.
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. Get a different perspective by taking the Lone Star Riverboat Bat Cruise and catching the sight from Lady Bird Lake.
Courtesy of Still Austin Whiskey Co.
Tesoros Trading Company
Find fair trade folk art and craft treasures from exotic destinations.
Hotel San Jose. Credit Nick Simonite.
Hotel San Jose
Spend a tranquil night or just take a break with a Frosé on the patio.
Light Up the Night
Join the big block party on the First Thursday 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 Guero’s Oak Garden for live Americana and blues.