It's always a good sign when there's a mohawked punk rocker hanging out front, smoking a cigarette, while inside a jazz combo seemingly has its own band practice. The ever-relaxed Catbirds is also home to various regulars who know which side of the U-shaped bar to sit on for quick service (tip: saddle up on the right) and like to watch sports on the big screens or play NTN Trivia. The Dark and Stormy here is excellent, a true testament to a great neighborhood bar, and the editions of Trivial Pursuit on the shelf, which you can use to see which among your pals is the biggest geek, run deep. This is a no-frills destination with an okay happy hour and almost laughably ugly tables and chairs. There's even a popcorn machine that nobody ever seems to eat the popcorn from. Is it even real? Heaven knows the people here sure are, and that alone makes Catbirds a nice respite from the trendier destinations along Westheimer.