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Paris, London, New Braunfels? Central Texas bar ranks among world's best

Paris, London, New Braunfels? Texas bar ranks among world's best

Gruene Hall
Gruene Hall in New Braunfels was named one of best bars in the world by Vogue Australia. Gruene Hall/ Facebook

What comes to mind when someone mentions the best cities in the world? Paris, perhaps? London or Sydney? Tokyo or New York? What about New Braunfels?

Well, Vogue Australia considers our Central Texas neighbor a world-class gem: Gruene Hall made the cut on the publication's recent list of the top 20 bars in the world, which praises watering holes around the globe.

"This honky-tonk dance hall in a ghost town in middle-of-nowhere Texas is where Texans come from far and wide to throw back a few and quite literally kick up their heels," writes author David Prior, who also suggests ordering its drink of choice, the "frozen 'rita."

The attention is nothing new for Texas' oldest continually operating dance hall. Gruene Hall has graced the pages of everything from USA Today, Country Living and Texas Monthly. A beloved honky-tonk with heart, Gruene Hall seems the perfect choice to represent Texas on the list.

Among the other U.S. establishments honored are the Carousel Bar & Lounge in New Orleans' Hotel Monteleone, the Broken Shaker in Miami and La Descarga in Los Angeles.