Today is First Thursday here on South Congress Avenue in Austin, and Allens Boots’ South Congress boots store is rarin’ to go! “But what is First Thursday?” we hear you ask. First Thursday is a block party that happens once a month here on the street that our South Congress boots store calls home. Vendors stay open late, restaurants provide drink and food specials, live music plays in a variety of venues along the street, and everyone just generally has a grand ol’ time! Allens Boots stays open until 10 on First Thursdays, so you can visit us all night!
Now, we’re huge fans of all the shops up and down South Congress. Nearly every place is an Austin original, and y’all know how much we like to shop local. So with that in mind, we thought we’d give y’all a rundown of a great day on South Congress boots store’s home street. We think that the ultimate day on South Congress Avenue would look a little something like this:
First, get some breakfast! South Congress Café is famed for their brunch menu, which includes carrot cake French toast, Eggs Benedict South Congress style (traditional, crab cakes, or corned beef), jalapeño venison meatloaf, and a seafood parfait. The line can be long, so get there early!
Next, a little shopping! If you’re in the market for some antiques and knickknacks, head over to Uncommon Objects. You can also get some gorgeous jewelry over at the flagship Kendra Scott store, go to By George for some fancy duds, or even do a little shopping for the fellas at Stag. The Allens Boots South Congress boots store also always welcomes a visit from passersby! Whether you’re a seasoned boot-wearer or you know nothing about cowboy boots, the folks at our South Congress boots store are happy to help you find the pair of boots that perfectly fits both your feet and your personality.
Lunch should be quick and easy, so try Güero’s Taco Bar or Home Slice Pizza To-Go to satisfy your taste buds. If you need a pick-me-up, Jo’s Hot Coffee-Good Food is downhill from our South Congress boots store. Peek around the corner to see the famous “i love you so much” graffiti.
Then to soak up a little culture, stop by Yard Dog, a gallery that features contemporary, fine, and funky art from all over. You never know what you’ll find there! If you just want to have some fun, stop into Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds (right down the street from our South Congress boots store) and take a gander at their endless supply of costumes for all occasions. Rent, buy, or just try some on!
Dinner should be a fun affair, so stop by Hopdoddy’s Burger Bar for some truly unique burgers and milkshakes. Trust us, it’s worth the wait. For something a little homier, Magnolia Café is north of our South Congress boots store, and is home to the famous cornmeal pancake and some classic diner food.
For some true Austin sounds, head down to the Continental Club, which has had its music-lovin’ doors open since 1957. Now, the Continental Club is always open late, but this First Thursday they’re featuring the Whiskey Sisters at 6:30, the Dirty Bourbon River Show at 10, and Tameca Jones at 10:30.
Because there’s nothin’ like a late-night snack, the last thing you should do is hop over to Amy’s Ice Creams, an Austin original where you can experience a bevy of flavors so good, you’ll wanna slap your mama.
Where do you like to go for First Thursday on South Congress in Austin? Have you been to our South Congress boots store on First Thursday before? Tweet Allens Boots on Twitter, or find us on Facebook and let us know!