South Congress Avenue

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South Congress Avenue

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Nicknamed SoCo, this trendy Austin neighborhood has attracted the attention of famous musicians and presidents, and is home to a huge urban bat colony.

Experience the up-and-coming cultural scene of South Congress. This neighborhood used to be considered one of the seedier parts of Austin. In recent years, it has transformed into “SoCo,” one of the trendiest parts in the state capital. Enjoy great shopping, live music and more.

Wander along the streets and pause to appreciate the view of Downtown Austin from the crest of South Congress Avenue. Among modern high-rises, look for the classic form of the pink granite State Capitol building on the horizon.

Take a scenic trip on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Follow the 10-mile (16-kilometer) path along Lady Bird Lake. Enjoy the serenity of nature within the city.

Say hello to Austin’s most notorious residents at Congress Avenue Bridge. By day, the bridge is an unassuming crossing across Lady Bird Lake. By night, it comes to life as one of the world’s largest urban bat colonies emerges. Stop by at dusk to witness the spectacle.

Shop your way through South Congress. Browse through vintage stores, boutiques and galleries. Neighborhood stalwart, Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds and Electric Ladyland, is supposedly where Bob Dylan shopped for his signature outfits.

South Congress is a diner’s paradise. Sample barbecue and Tex-Mex from food trucks, tiny bistros and stylish restaurants. Try the El Presidente plate, which includes one chicken taco, one beef taco and one tamale and guacamole taco, at Güero’s Taco Bar. The dish was named in honor of repeat patron President Bill Clinton.

Visit the Continental Club for an evening of pure Texas entertainment. This legendary music venue hosts headline country, rock, jazz and blues acts from around the country.

Every day in South Congress is special, but First Thursdays is extra special. Shops stay open late and live music performances provide entertainment. Come here on the first Thursday of each month and soak up the convivial atmosphere.

South Congress is bordered by Lady Bird Lake to the north and Oltorf to the south. Find other historic South Austin districts, such as Bouldin Creek to the west and Travis Heights, nearby.

Top Hotels Close to South Congress Avenue

Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
20 North IH-35, Austin, TX, 78701
Fully refundable
The price is $125 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a free area shuttle. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,172 reviews)
"I loved that it was so close to the river, very close to a really popular bar scene and famous food truck spot. All of this is within a 5-to-10-minute walk from the hotel."

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $202 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy 5 restaurants, 2 bars/lounges, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (2,985 reviews)
"I WOULD ABSOLUTELY STAY AGAIN. THIS WAS MY THIRD TIME STAY AT THE FAIRMONT"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Fairmont Austin
Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
4 out of 5
2200 S I H 35, Austin, TX, 78704
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $166 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Austin. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,169 reviews)
"Nice clean good food Nice pool"

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near South Congress Avenue

Village Motor Inn
Village Motor Inn
2 out of 5
3012 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704
The price is $65 per night from Jun 7 to Jun 8
Village Motor Inn
Fairmont Austin
Fairmont Austin
4 out of 5
101 Red River St, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is $202 per night from May 30 to May 31
Fairmont Austin
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
20 North IH-35, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is $125 per night from May 30 to May 31
Holiday Inn Austin -Town Lake, an IHG Hotel
Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
4 out of 5
2200 S I H 35, Austin, TX, 78704
The price is $166 per night from May 30 to May 31
Aiden by Best Western @ Austin City Hotel
The LINE Austin
The LINE Austin
4 out of 5
111 East Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, TX, 78701
The LINE Austin
Extended Stay America Suites Austin Downtown Town Lake
Extended Stay America Suites Austin Downtown Town Lake
2.5 out of 5
507 S. First St., Austin, TX, 78704
The price is $119 per night from May 30 to May 31
Extended Stay America Suites Austin Downtown Town Lake
Colton House Hotel
Colton House Hotel
4 out of 5
2510 South Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 78704
The price is $227 per night from May 24 to May 25
Colton House Hotel
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Oltorf
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Oltorf
2.5 out of 5
1603 East Oltorf Blvd, Austin, TX, 78741
The price is $71 per night from Jun 21 to Jun 22
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Oltorf
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Capitol / Downtown
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Capitol / Downtown
2.5 out of 5
300 E 11th St, Austin, TX, 78701
The price is $75 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Austin Capitol / Downtown
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.