If you’ve heard of Austin City Limits, you’ve heard of South Congress avenue. But how much do you know about Bouldin Creek, South Congress’ own neighborhood? If you’re heading to the festival this year and want to explore like a local, you’ve come to the right place. Here is your guide to touring Bouldin over three days.
Start your odyssey off right with coffee at Mañana cafe, inside the beautifully modern South Congress Hotel. Once gassed up it’s time to shop! First stop? Austin’s most legendary boot purveyor, Allen’s Boots. Try on some gallon hats and breathe in that leather smell. Next hit up Lucy in Disguise for some weird and fun Austin dress up, then finish off your spree at Monkey See, Monkey Do, a toy store full of quirky odds and ends. After you’ve shopped up an appetite, head down to Guero’s for authentic Tex Mex and Mexican Martinis. Complete your day at Austin’s granddaddy of live music, The Continental Club where the music never disappoints.
Suit up in your favorite boho/festival gear for a quick photo at the “Greetings from Austin” mural. Then, make your way towards Ladybird Lake by way of the Bouldin neighborhood for a peek at Austin’s formidable architectural breadth. Take a pit stop at Terry Black’s BBQ before passing through Butler Park and the Palmer Events Center on your way to Auditorium Shores. After margaritas (and more Tex Mex) at El Alma, conclude your evening with a stroll down the lively Lamar pedestrian bridge.
Head back to South Congress Ave for your final day of exploring Bouldin. Start your morning with another photo-op and coffee at Jo’s “I love you so much” mural. Next, explore the new Music Lane shopping and eateries. Before dusk, head down to the South Congress Bridge for a bat boat tour where you can see the largest urban bat colony take flight over Lady Bird Lake. After a quick night cap at Otoko’s bar, Watertrade, end your epic weekend with some late night eats at the iconic Magnolia Café.
Bouldin’s charm is in its walkability and high-contrast mix of old and new Austin flair. After spending a few days in this neighborhood, you might be tempted to learn what homes are available for sale in the area. If that search turns into anything serious, it’s important to know that many of Bouldin’s best homes for sale are not on Zillow or Redfin. With a 5 star reputation, we are Bouldin’s number one real estate team. Give us a call to find the perfect home in this unique neighborhood!