315 Congress, 512/473-2279
In the heart of old Downtown on Congress Avenue, sidle down a few steps into the Elephant Room and breathe in jazz. Swing notes, polyrhythms, restless blues, and syncopation have filled the room with Chicago, Kansas City, and New York-style jazz since 1991. The candlelit venue, walls framed with famous autographs, is open seven nights a week, with happy hour music kicking off at 6pm. Regulars include Sarah Sharp, Stanley Smith, Jon Blondell, and Michael Mordecai.