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If Austin-area jazz lovers feel ignored, it is justified; the local music scene, multi-faceted as it may be, has always neglected their genre of choice. However, what the region lacks in quantity, the Elephant Room more than makes up for in quality. It has been deemed as one of the finest venues in the country by none other than Wynton Marsalis (and subsequently honored by a unanimous resolution of the Texas Senate for having earned the jazz legend's admiration). The appeal stems largely from the club's unceasing lineup of regional favorites, touring greats, and, once in a while, plain ol' jam sessions consisting of anyone who cares to take the stage.
Nestled on the 4th floor of W Austin hotel, the venue features lounge chairs, private cabanas and showers. It is an ideal venue to enjoy a dip in the pool and spend time relaxing by the pool side all day. The venue is open to public from 4p onward to sunset and includes happy hour (5p to 7p), live music and more. On the menu one can enjoy a light fare and bar bites while sipping on their favorite crafted cocktail. On certain nights they also organize live music performances.
Lombardi exhibits and sells contemporary art made by Texans. A variety of styles and media are represented, including Southwestern, expressionist, and abstract paintings, mixed media and conceptual pieces, sculpture and installation art. The gallery is located inside a downtown warehouse-type space, the interior of which is pleasingly modern and minimalist. New exhibits are frequent. You can view works by local artists on the gallery's Web site.
Make this one of the first stops on your tour of Austin. Pick up brochures and maps to help you navigate the city, and learn about some of the more interesting local landmarks, attractions, restaurants, entertainment and lodging that might not be in the standard tour books. If your interests lie in local history, stop by the Heritage Marketing Department, located in the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau. A tour guide is on hand to give you the inside scoop.
3Ten Austin City Limits Live is one of the main venues adjacent to Austin City Limits Live in Austin. Equipped with world-class sound technology, the venue is open to music performances of all genres. It is home to numerous artists and has hosted big names as well. They are available for private events like weddings and parties and can accommodate up to 350 guests for a single event.
Austin Duck Adventures is a one-of-a-kind tour takes you through the city and on Lake Austin on an authentic amphibious military landing vehicle that carries around 20 passengers. The tour goes through downtown, to the State Capitol, the Governor's Mansion, the LBJ Library, East Sixth Street's music district, historic Congress Avenue and area lakes. Meanwhile, the tour guide gives the history of the city, along with little-known insights. Each tour last for around two hours. Check the website or call ahead for further information.