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Mean-Eyed Cat

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Address: 1621 W 5th St, Austin, TX 78703-4955
Phone Number: 512-472-6326
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Great Austin Bar

This is a go-to spot for me in Austin, they have a great beer selection of mostly Texas beers, friendly bartenders, good Austin music, and Stubbs BBQ in the back. On nice days... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Austin, Texas
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North Chicago, Illinois
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188 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was disappointed when we arrived at MEC, which was written up for having live music, but had nothing going on, when we got there around 1030pm, on a Wednesday evening. It was an expensive 20$ cab ride, from the Skylark lounge, we'd been listening to a Jazz trio, before that. We went in, and it had really good Johnny Cash... More 

Thank pseudoboy
Austin, Texas
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a go-to spot for me in Austin, they have a great beer selection of mostly Texas beers, friendly bartenders, good Austin music, and Stubbs BBQ in the back. On nice days they have a large outdoor area that's quiet and good for groups. If you're in town and want somewhere in the downtown area, but don't want to... More 

Thank justinmiller186
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bouncer wouldn't let me in because I have a temporary paper ID issued by the state of Texas 2 days ago. Changing my license from my home state of Louisiana to Texas where I now live, you are issued a paper ID while waiting 2 weeks for your hard copy. Employee told me that they couldn't accept it as a... More 

Thank Taylor B
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33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

OK, I should be upfront and let you know that I am from NC, so it is going to be hard to impress me with BBQ. My son had the chopped sandwich and my daughter and I had the ribs. All were good, but I will stick to NC for chopped and Memphis for ribs. The bar was quirky and... More 

Thank Vicki P
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87 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

This place is absolutely unbelievable. The decor is funky, cool, weird, rustic, fun and fabulous. The "Man in Black" is truly the quest of honour here. Great memorabilia of Johnny Cash--pics, posters, imagines, lyrics. Magnificent place if you are a Johnny Cash fan. Have a drink "named Sue"

Thank olderthandirt42
Charleston, South Carolina
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

I was in Austin recently for a business trip, and I Googled "BBQ Restaurants in Austin" and the closest one to my location was the Mean-Eyes Cat Bar. I was skeptical about entering, because of it's rustic/folk/biker hang out exterior, but in I went anyway. The interior is decorated with old-timey furniture, and it reminded me of a smaller version... More 

Thank Pat J
Dallas, Texas
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Great Drinks (loved the Willy Nilly) - most of the bartenders were awesome and friendly. The folks at Stubbs were great too and the food most excellent. One bartendress seemed to be unamused by life in general and needs to learn not to roll her eyes at her customers. All in All - I will be back to the MEC.... More 

Thank Shelley H
Echuca, Australia
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52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

Was a fair walk from where we stayed, but worth it for the experience. Great timber structure/bar with masses of signage, memoribilia everywhere. In what looked like a Johnny Cash tribute room we were able to eat food from the adjoining bbq place while drinking one of the many beers on offer (I had a Guns & Oils Maverick Lager).... More 

Thank NoviceAussies
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100 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Came here with my 21 year old son. We live here in Austin and have driven by this place a thousand times on my way to work. For those of you like me. Just stop and come in preferably on a day when you can sit out on the deck. It is great fun.

Thank Been_Here-Done_It
Haddonfield, New Jersey, United States
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195 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

We really enjoyed this bar with good craft beer choices, Johnny Cash stuff and Stubs BBQ attached. Even when busy the bartenders were great with service and conversation. This is a cool Texas dive bar

Thank Fred R

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