SOUTH CONGRESS IS IN SES­SION!

HOW TO STAY COOL THIS SUM­MER ON BUSTLING SOCO.

Austin Way - - WORD ON THE STREET - BY MADDY HILL

To stroll down eclec­tic South Congress Av­enue is to ex­pe­ri­ence the best of old and new Austin at once. Live mu­sic, di­verse cui­sine, well-ap­pointed ho­tels, and high-low shop­ping make SoCo a tourist’s par­adise as well as a lo­cal’s es­cape from the ev­ery­day. What you’re cel­e­brat­ing: Lone Star her­itage at Al­lens Boots (1533 S. Congress Ave., 512447-1413; al­lens­boots.com). Where you’re en­joy­ing the view: from the fourth-floor pool deck at South Congress Ho­tel (1603 S. Congress Ave., 512-920-6405; south con­gresshotel.com).

What you’re lis­ten­ing to: live mu­sic at the his­toric Con­ti­nen­tal Club (1315 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-2444; con­ti­nen­tal­club.com). How you’re giv­ing back: by pur­chas­ing shoes from TOMS, founded by for­mer Austin res­i­dent Blake My­coskie (1401 S. Congress Ave., 512-3502115; toms.com). What you’re brows­ing: cut­ting-edge cloth­ing from ByGe­orge (1400 S. Congress Ave., 512-4418600; by­ge­orgeaustin.com). Where you’re eat­ing: Ve­s­paio for di­vine Ital­ian (1610 S. Congress Ave., 512-441-6100; austin ve­s­paio.com). What you’re drink­ing: an agave cock­tail at June’s All Day (1722 S. Congress Ave., 512-416-1722; junes all­day.com). What you’re wear­ing: a maxi dress from Cove (1318 S. Congress Ave., 737-4840267; cov­ecloth­ing.com) or a Life Af­ter Denim shirt from Stag Pro­vi­sions for Men (1423 S. Congress Ave., 512-373-7824; stag­pro­vi­sions.com). How you’re es­cap­ing: in a Ho­tel San Jose bun­ga­low (1316 S. Congress Ave., 512-852-2350; san­jose­ho­tel.com). What you’re shar­ing: a scoop of Mex­i­can vanilla from Amy’s Ice Creams (1301 S. Congress Ave., 512-440-7488; amysice­creams.com).

The best of Austin’s in­de­pen­dent spirit is on full dis­play along South Congress Av­enue, from the daz­zling se­lec­tion at Al­lens Boots (ƭƨƩ) and the desert rose oa­sis at the Ho­tel San Jose (ƦƢƝƝƥƞ) to the cool ed­its at Stag Pro­vi­sions for Men.

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