Southern Living magazine has taken on the job of naming the best bar in every Southern state. Despite the fact Texas is not in the South, they went ahead and included the Lone Star State. Their #1 choice, without explanation? The Driskill Bar at the Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin.

Sure, itís not as dark as it once was, and you wonít find a dazzling array of craft cocktails on the menu, but the vibe is right and the staff is always very cool, even when simultaneously inundated with SEC football fans and Austin Film Festival goers.

(Contributed by Mark Knight.)

Check out Southern Livingís complete list to see the best bars from Louisiana to Virginia.