Recently, Esquire magazine dropped their 2022 Best Bars in America list, and out of 25 watering holes across the country, a Central Texas drinking establishment made the list.

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More than one bar in the Lone Star State made the top 25 best list, as Diversion in Houston, Texas was also on the ranking.

Diversion has two of its own 5,000 square-foot gardens at its Houston location, with the ability to source farm-to-table cocktails on the spot. The atmosphere is described as over the top, as servers click on a spotlight when they deliver your drink. For example, Esquire reports that 'Night at the Movies' is a mixture of Sercial Madeira and cognac with citrus bitters, presented while an Android tablet plays a Charlie Chaplin film. That's an experience that would be worth the road trip. Diversion is next to Degust, a restaurant Esquire listed as one of 2021's best new restaurants, at 7202 Long Point Road in Houston.

Best Bar in Central Texas

According to Esquire, visiting Tiki Tatsu-Ya in Austin, Texas is like walking into a tropical resort. The experience is valued as much as the quality of the drinks, as music and atmosphere seemed to be a key part of why this Central Texas location made the list.

I have to admit, trying a 'glowing fishbowl full of gin, lemongrass shochu, and star fruit' served in a seahorse sounds fun! It's called a 'Forbidden Grog', in case you want to sample it for yourself when you go.

Tiki Tatsu-Ya is located on 1300 South Lamar Boulevard in Austin.

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