SxSW: meet the locals southside

Those seeking to strike up a quick acquaintance or perhaps even indulge in a mild flirtation, and at no great monetary investment, should check out some of the following: the 24-hour H-E-B at South Congress and Oltorf, the free swimmiing pool at Stacy Park, Jo’s outdoor coffee joint on South Congress, the Pit for breakfast or for for ‘que, the Whip In convenience and liquor store, the breakfast line at the Magnolia Cafe, the leash-free Norwood Park to meet people with canine companions, Home Slice (free music next weekend) or Southside Flying Pizza (has southside delivery service and was a great hit at the precinct conventions), and Doc’s Motorworks for an outdoor sit-down space with beer. I’ve included mostly places reachable on foot or via the ‘Dillo or other Capital Metro transportation. I know that many are in town without a rental car or a friend with a vehicle and that many are crashing in the establishments of friends, relatives, or even strangers who have opened their homes. These are all south of the river. This is mostly daylight stuff, so if the previous night was late, it’s best to shade the eyes from the horrible brightness of the sun. There’s plenty of people-watching available and anyone will find lots of places to shop (for example, Tesoros or Allens Boots), but these will be heavy on tourists during SxSW and the rodeo. It wouldn’t hurt to stop in at RunTex and ask about places other than the Hike & Bike trail; everyone will have an opinion. For those flirtations that lead to more, it’s good to know that beautiful bouquets of real flowers grown in the nearby Hill Country are available at the Farm to Market store.

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