115 San Jacinto
“Brass House Austin was conceived by Jason White while operating in a combat zone with the United States Marine Corps,” introduces the website. Afghanistan couldn’t be farther away than the Downtown jazz joint, a long, swank room, with an end stage that recalls a smaller version of 1940s speakeasies. A full menu of steak, pasta, and seafood complements the top-shelf bar, and a cadre of local improv experts rotate solos up to six nights a week. Austin trumpeter and mainstay Pete Rodriguez blows like Gabriel.