Party people of the world, fear not! Before your next big night out, go armed with this barrage of apps to ensure fun, safe and guilt-free revelry. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find an app to help with the hangover the next morning… I stay hopeful though! Party on, kids.
DrinkedIn BarFinder | Free | iOS and Android
You’re all dressed up and ready to go, but before you head out, you need to decide on a destination so you’re not left wandering the streets aimlessly. DrinkedIn BarFinder will locate bars in and around your location, whether you’re at home or a guest in another city. With plans to include liquor, beer and wine reviews in the future, this app should have all you need to get geared up for your night.
UnTappd | Free | iOS, Android and BB10
Ah, the old microbrew mystery. With so many mystical and magical brews at our fingertips these days, how do we know which is worth trying? God forbid we part with our $10 only to be repulsed by our decision. This app takes out the guess work with ratings and reviews. It is basically a network of beer lovers where we can join through the magic of the interweb to rejoice in the heavenly nectar and share preferences and recommendations. Mmm, beer…
Mixologist | $1.49 | iOS and Android
Having the crew over to your place tonight? This is the app you need to give them the coolest bar experience while avoiding the crowds and saving their coin. The ‘liquor cabinet’ feature allows you to enter all the liquor and mixers you have on hand and it will provide you with a list of cocktails recipes so you can make like Tom Cruise and get shaking!
101 Drinking Games | Free | iOS and Android
This one is pretty self-explanatory. With over 250 games to choose from (not actually 101), you shouldn’t have any problem with entertainment. And, there’s always that one friend who never wins! You know the one… Oh, it’s you?! Maybe you’d better sit this round out…
Beer Bank – debts and loans | Free | Android
Do you take your alcohol debts seriously? Maybe you’ve garnered somewhat of a reputation for forgetting that it was your round – three rounds ago! Or maybe you’re the friend who insists on buying when you’ve had one too many; your generosity just soars. Either way, this app will help you keep track of who you owe a drink to, or indeed, who owes you five!
AlcoDroid | Free | Android
AlcoDroid is an alcohol consumption tracker, drink diary, and it also estimates your blood alcohol content (BAC). It enables you to log your drinks so you can keep an eye on your drinking habits. These apps are most certainly not meant to be used to ascertain whether or not you should drive. If that is even in question then the answer is no! But I guess if you want to keep within a certain boundary then this could work for you. I think I’d probably skip the ‘share your BAC on Facebook’ feature though – that’s a wee bit strange…
Drunk Detector – App Blocker | $0.99 | Android
We all know that feeling. That sinking awfulness in the pit of your stomach when you wake up the next morning, groggy and hazy but with a distinct feeling that yes, you did text the one person in the world who you absolutely, definitely, should not have texted. Ugh! Enter Drunk Detector. This app allows you to select the contacts you don’t want to contact (who we probably should have just deleted ages ago but that’s no fun, right?), then you select the day, time and duration that you would like the app to be active (drunk time). If you try and contact any of these blacklisted peeps, the app will request that you pass a sobriety test before it will unlock the sacred info. The fact that you are even attempting this forbidden text means that there is no chance you will pass and so you will still wake up both groggy and hazy but safe in knowing that you did not engage in inappropriate, textual behaviour. For iPhone users, try Drunk Text Saviour, $0.99.
Hailo | Free | iOS and Android
After taking so many precautions to ensure a fun night and an embarrassment-free morning, it only makes sense that we get ourselves home safe and sound. Hailo will send a cab for you, wherever you are. Payment is automatic (connected to your credit card) so you don’t need to be fumbling around in your jeans for change. Now all you need to do is get your tipsy tuckus into bed and maybe pop a couple of Advil on the way… You’ll thank me in the morning.