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Good place to hang and enjoy live Jazz music. Great musicians-great live jazz music, just needs improvement on their bathrooms are horrible! Good place to hang around with friends.
Citysearch Editorial Review. Subtly tucked away in a darkened basement on the vivacious Congress and 3rd Street sits this jovial downtown bar and mecca for late-night music enthusiasts. Since 1991, The Elephant Room has been offering its famous sights and sounds nightly to both jazz novices and bass-thumbing, piano-tickling experts. Casual mingling is encouraged inside this unpretentious local hotspot-- and with the assistance of over twenty different draft beer and wine options at your disposal, faking your way through chats about the cultural significance of Louis Armstrong and Freddie Hubbard may not be too daunting. Adding to The Elephant Room’s universal accessibility is its appealing admission price: free during the week and a small cover (typically $5) on weekend evenings. The ambiance, enhanced with candlelit tables and brick walls, provides patrons with the ultimate swanky-meets-“come-as-you-are” Austin experience.
only thing good there is the music. I have been to the Elephant Room many times. Basically, it's a dump that attracts great musicians. The service is horrible, the bathrooms are disgusting. On our last visit, we went specifically to hear an incredible jazz vocalist. We sat just over halfway back in the long, narrow room--near the door. We could not hear her sing. Mostly we just heard saxophone and sounds from behind the bar... phone ringing, ice being scooped into glasses, bar/wait staff chatter. We mentioned the sound problem to a staff member who was apparently totally disinterested. I am done with the Elephant Room.
great vibe, great place. great vibe, great place! i recomend you check this place out! the drinks are not cheap but like i always say if you get cheap drinks you are stuck in a bad crowd
The smell of Jazz was in the air. I have stopped by about 4x times , am new to Austin and each time the group playing there just made the night perfect..last night I was in, a four piece band was playing outstanding ,around 7:30..after a few drinks , I went across the street for dinner at La Traviata , thats another story.. in short they need a chef badly... after dinner ,back to the Elephant Room... and WOW.. I walked into a 19 piece band.. horns out of this world.. last stop everyone this is sweet don't even think about another spot.... WoW what a night am still calling friends ... A 19 piece bank.. sweet!!!
Smooth. The Elephant room is legendary as far as Austin goes. They have had some great music come in and out of that place downstair for years. To drown yourself in a stiff martini, listen to someone blowing on a tenor sax and lose yourself in the improvisation is a true experience. Elephant Room....wish I was there.
Great non-pretentious chill spot. I love this place! Great place to go for a relaxed night out with good music. There are waitresses so you don't need to constantly get up and go wait in line up the bar like other bars. Very chill good to go with a group or a date.
Great Jazz Club. I love the ER. Has a great Jazz club feel and quality Jazz pretty consistently. Agree with previous reviewer regarding the amount of smoke. Very low ceilings and it gets pretty bad. Was very, very discouraged to see the newspaper photo recently of people smoking there again after the ordiance was revised. Would have otherwise rated it a 10.
Good music; excellent bartenders and reasonablly priced drinks.. Love the music! Visited the Monday night jam session and will be coming back again & again. Don't miss out on Ephriam James, Gnappy when they perform at the club.
Laid back, great atmosphere. We came for happy hour and stayed into the later show because we were having such a good time. Great happy hour and later acts, no cover, and they let you bring food in if you're hungry (they don't serve any). The waitress was very friendly, even bubbly, and the drinks were reasonably priced. They have a great selection of draft beer as well. Don't expect a super posh jazz club because this place is more like a charming dive.
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