12/18/2012 01:10:00 PM

The 15 Coolest New Bars, Clubs and Lounges of 2012

Flaming cocktails at Booker and Dax; photo by Gabi Porter
Sure, 2012 had plenty of exciting restaurant openings (read about those here), but people were also plenty thirsty. The Big Apple's cocktail scene was more exciting than it has been in years, with spirited innovators using new tools to amp up their libations. From house-infused liquors to a dab of liquid nitrogen to a look back at the beverage trends of the 1800s, click through the slide show below to see which city watering holes defined this year's liquid scene.


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