View Photo Gallery: From to-die-for cocktail menus to bars with Natitude, these nightlife destinations were our favorites of 2012.

In 2012, a new bar seemed to open every other week, and applications for new liquor licenses were posted every few days. What’s most impressive is how many newcomers had something strong worth recommending: a fresh cocktail menu or draft beer list, a great design, an outdoor space begging you to while away a sunny Sunday afternoon with drink in hand. With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, check out our photo gallery of some of the cocktails and destinations that made 2012 a great year.

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