Sometimes after a long workweek, you just need to kick up your heels and enjoy some good jazz. Although Austin is known for its live music scene, the typical genres that spring to mind range from country and blues of The Continental Club and Antone’s to the of-the-moment hipster rock that dominates the streets during South By Southwest every year. But there’s a little-known gem tucked away at the corner of 3rd and Congress; the (literally) underground jazz club known asThe Elephant Room. Open seven nights a week, generally with two shows per evening, the room’s been in operation for several decades. It hosts a full bar and boasts nightly jazz. Weekends draw a crowd fairly early and there’s typically a cover charge, but locals know that weeknights are the best bet for a cold drink and hot jazz, generally for less than a ten-spot. Can’t beat that.
Location: 315 Congress Avenue
M-F: 4 pm-2 am / Sa-Su 8 pm-2 am
Happy Hour bands play at 6 pm; headliners play at 9:30 pm