315 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
Hours: Daily 4pm-2am
Written by: Andy Moore
The place to go for jazz in Austin, or the nation, is the Elephant Room. This eclectic, classy, and hip club offers the best of jazz musicians, and is a must for both lovers of the genre and the casual or curious music enthusiast. This little jewel was established in 1991 and is located in a basement on Congress where the Warehouse District begins, away from the hustle and bustle of 6th Street. Surrounded by the fine dining restaurants of Annie’s, Second, and the premier hotels near the river, it is an ideal place to get away from the chaos of downtown Austin and listen to great music.
A simple sign out front indicates where to descend into the Elephant Room and be transported back in time to the origins of jazz music. The long bar provides plentiful seating, and closely assembled tables brush the low stage putting the audience within arm’s length of the action. Candles and a dim interior make for a cozy date environment, or an atmospheric spot to hang out among regulars. The laid-back crowd is a variety of musicians, Austin locals, and high-end socialites. Businessmen in suits and ties, and hipsters blend in with the everyday Joe. The bartenders are always friendly and the General Manager, Jeff, can usually be found there serving drinks and talking to the customers.
A recipient of a multitude of local and national awards, honored by the Texas Senate, and ranked as one of the top-ten best jazz clubs in the nation, the Elephant Room is one of the leading reasons Austin is the ‘Music Capital of the World.’