So our first full day in Austin was packed full of some of the best places in the city. Shopping, swimming, and catching up with an old friend kept us busy all day.
(To read about Austin – Day One, click here!)
We drove down to South Congress just before lunch time on a weekday and found it to be not so busy. We found a parking spot quickly, a lot more quickly than picking a place for lunch! There were just so many tempting options. South Congress is a keystone Austin neighborhood. Full of funky shops and hip restaurants, it keeps Austin’s motto, “Keep Austin Weird,” intact. Each building front was different than the next.
The houses surrounding the main drag, were some of the most beautiful and quaint houses I ever did lay eyes on!
Bungalow style houses are my favorite and Austin knows how to do them!
We grabbed lunch at the Snack Bar and picked up some great goods in the surrounding shops. All while enjoying clear views of the Capital Building whenever we looked towards downtown. I love, love, love the Soco neighborhood and there is always gonna be new places to check out there!
Next up we headed over to Barton Springs in Zilker Park for a quick dip in the city’s natural pool. On my last visit here it was a little too chilly to go swimming so sadly, I had to skip it. Not this time though! I was so excited to visit this site because it’s all you see pictures of when you look up Austin, and plus I hadn’t been swimming yet this year (I love swimming too, so it kills me to go awhile without a dip in some body of water).
Barton Springs was freezing though!!! Actually it was around 71 degrees Fahrenheit, but that’s freezing in 90 degree weather! The spring was so fun and we were smart and went on a Friday afternoon to avoid crowd yet, it certainly was far from being “dead.” I spent a few hours alternating between melting to death in the sun and freezing my butt off swimming in the pool. I loved it though, and I would definitely spend so much time there as a resident!
After swimming, He and I went to grab dinner with an old friend at Black’s BBQ. We met my friend and old neighbor from college who recently moved to Austin. He told us all about the amazing things going on with the city and introduced us to some great bars on East Sixth.
Black’s BBQ was absolutely amazing. A newer BBQ joint that has been gaining quick popularity! I had the tenderest, juiciest brisket ever and chased it down with a Shiner Prickly Pear beer (a Texas brew that has been my favorite this summer!). After dinner, we all went to East Sixth for drinks at his favorite bar, Liberty. With a huge outdoor area and a funky food truck on deck, I totally understood why. Next, we had flights at Zilker Brewery, a new brewery that amazed He and I. I loved how this place had clear paneling on the bar to showcase the kegs on tap. It was a small brewery but it had a nice vibe and a good variety, so good in my book! We ended the night at a little dive bar on further down the street called, The Grackle. That bar was where we found ourselves a few more times during our short stay!