Out of 25 watering holes across the country, a Central Texas spot has made Esquire’s 2022 Best Bars in America list, and it's been open less than a year.

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The Japanese-themed Tiki bar opened up in in October 2021, and it's described as having an 'island paradise' interior.

The Best Bars in America

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 kind of 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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Texas had more than one bar that made the list, as Houston's Diversion was also mentioned. Diversion even has two of its own 5,000 square-foot gardens to source farm-to-table cocktails on the spot. Talk about fresh!
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. Bottoms up, everyone!

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