summer in the city: barton fridays

I’m going to make this short and sweet.

If you live in Austin and don’t go to Barton Springs at least once a week during the summer, you are wrong.

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My office recently announced the beginning of “summer hours”, which means we get out of work at 3 pm on Fridays. I immediately rallied the girls, and Barton Fridays came into being.

Step 1: Bring my bathing suit to work on Friday. At exactly 3 pm, change into said bathing suit. Drive directly to Barton Springs and bask in the sunshine and wonderful 68 degree water. Yes, 68 is cold. But it’s the most refreshing thing in the world when it’s 100 degrees outside with 90% humidity. It’s also one of the best places in Austin for people watching… so buckle up. Step 1 could last for anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on how you’re feeling.

Step 2: Happy Hour at El Alma just down the road. They have the best sangria and mangoritas I’ve tasted in Austin. So we’ll go there, sit outside on their awesome rooftop patio, drink margaritas, eat our weight in chips and salsa, and maybe not leave until 8:30 pm. We’ve done crazier things.

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Moral of the story: Rally your friends and head to Barton Springs. Then, head on over and meet us for margaritas. You won’t be sorry.

Have a great weekend!

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