Austin >Bars & Clubs > Mean Eyed Cat
1621 W Fifth St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870330.274579 -97.764781
Neighborhoods: Old West Austin
Named after a Johnny Cash song, this ramshackle bar is so delightfully out of place on fancy west 5th. With creaky wooden floors, broken in (and/or broken) furniture, and a jug band/singer-songwriter/hillbilly music lineup, it draws an eclectic crowd almost every night of the week. And before 2004, it was Cut-Rite Chain Saws, where Dennis Hopper visits in Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.
Awesome Waterin' Hole! – If you're not a fan of Johnny Cash don't waste your time joining me at Mean Eyed Cat!! This former chainsaw repair shack is unpretentious and full of character. There's a great beer and wine selection, and the "hot a**" wasabi nuts are a must.
The crowd is laid back and fun, and the music is classic country (Cash, Cash, Cash, Haggard, Willie, Waylon, Hank Jr & III, etc...). I'll meet you there on Friday's....bring some singles and pull up a stool!!
This place sucks!!!!! – Wow, this place sucks. I would NEVER go back. Whoever wrote the previous reviews probably work there because I don't know how anyone would enjoy this place. The Johnny Cash theme is about as cheesy as it gets and the bartenders are pitiful. With so many great bars in Austin don't bother with this place.
The best joint for hanging out – My friends and I seem to make our way to the Cat every time we go out. Its a great place to start your evening, catch last call, and everything in between. The staff is super friendly in a rare, genuine way. Small enough to be cozy, rarely 'crowded', and you can actually have a conversation without having to yell over the din of music or other people.
One of my favorite new bars – This place is a gem. Awesome & large outdoor patio, non-smoking inside (I smoke, but I don't mind), a pool table, cheap pitchers, yummy tamales, and the motif is all in homage to Cash! Mean-Eyed Cat has a nice, chill vibe -- the bartenders are cool, and I've made new friends sitting at the big picnic benches. The jukebox features the likes of Cash, Hank III, Social Distortion, Willie, etc.
Check this place out! It's directly across 5th from El Arroyo.
Ex-Cut Rite chainsaw shop turned tiny dive bar pays homage to the Man in Black. – In Short
Well-lit and small, this joint maintains an old neighborhood-hangout feel with vintage decor and Johnny Cash memorabilia. The square bar nearly fills the main room and serves an assortment of beers, wine and sake, but no hard liquor. The adjoining room offers a pool table for serious sharks. Regulars sit at the tables out back on the spacious, gravel-covered patio. Creative bar snacks--including Frito pie on Mondays--are also available.
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