Just a little beat-up bar with a shady stage and patio, this unlikely little West Fifth Street beer joint is big on originality and packs a mean punch of charm. With its witty Johnny Cash theme (the bathrooms are labeled Johnny and June), this place gets everything right—more clever than cheesy. "Love is a burning thing" is stenciled in with spray paint, "Folsom" is written on a bench, and "I Walk the Line" plays on the jukebox. The Man in Black's mug shots, memorabilia, lyrics, and photos fill the walls, lending this bar (named for a Cash song) a cheeky, hip vibe. The building was once a chainsaw store and always felt boxed in, but in 2013 the space reopened with better flow and a more central bar. It managed to change without losing its charm. Since reopening, Mean-Eyed Cat has offered a full bar and local craft beers, and standbys like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Bud Light. The food service comes from Austin's own Stubb's BBQ. With live music on the tree-shaded patio and a pool table inside, Mean-Eyed Cat is perhaps the perfect Austin dive. With all that, and barbecue to boot, the Boy Named Sue would feel right at home.