There’s an app for everything, so the saying goes, and so far I’m yet to see it be disproved. Apps are a revolutionary technology that has changed the way we view… well, everything – because they accommodate for all of it. From job searching to juice recipes; playing with cats to podcasts; apps really do provide everything you could possibly want or need, even if this quite often comes at a price.
No surprise, then, that we’ve turned our attention to social gatherings. While hitting the town is still largely a human-to-human interaction – or, quite often, a human-to-alcohol interaction – apps are so embedded in our day-to-day lives that they have had to become a consideration when going out. But how easy is it to find the right apps you need for a great night out?
From the basic to the journey back home – the whole night will be covered. So kick back, destress, and be relieved you don’t have to scour the entire app store for the right app. Here are 8 of the best apps for night life.
This one is undoubtedly one of the best apps for night life – because before you even start your night, you’ve got to find out where to go, haven’t you?
Let’s face it – we’re pretty reliant on our map apps nowadays. I know that I would’ve been lost, a hundred times over, if it weren’t for Google Maps on my phone making up for the fact that I have no sense of direction whatsoever. When it comes to finding the location you need, your maps app is your first stop – it’ll quite often dictate where, exactly, you go after your night out, and point you to the right fried chicken shop too. Its ability to give you a variety of travelling options during the planning process makes this an invaluable bit of tech you’ll be thanking your lucky stars for later.
Alternatively, you could forgo the maps entirely and let Uber do its thing.
Uber, like any taxi service, requires a fee to be paid for your ride, but if you’re riding in a group then this can be split between you. It’s a lifesaver when it comes to travel, as it frees you all of the need to be a designated driver; instead you can relax, and enjoy whichever drinks you’d like. Depending on your driver (and your passenger), the drive can be pretty fun as well – and no doubt filled with selfies as you make your way to the club or bar. Uber will be pretty necessary for the drive back, too, when the effects of the alcohol and the exhilaration have left behind the weary exhaustion and the beginning of a hangover.
Just don’t be that sort of drunk passenger. Don’t be too loud, don’t be intrusive, and definitely don’t throw up on the backseat. The Uber driver’s just trying to make an honest living.
What night out is complete without Snapchat?
There’s always someone who has their phone out all night. They’ve already taken a mirror selfie of their outfit before the Uber arrived. If they’re at a club, then they have about 30 consecutive videos on their Snapchat story, all of them blurry, all of them moving, all of them featuring a pop song so remixed no one’s even sure what the original was, least of all the DJ. There will be drinks, there will be shouting, and there will be video selfies. At this point, it is a right of passage for every young person in possession of Snapchat to undertake these actions – for the good of the night, of course.
If you’re aware of the club scene in your city, then that’s fine – but what if you’re looking for something a bit more niche?
Nearify is a great app that caters its screen based on your interests. The events it offers range from heavy metal festivals to pottery workshops – whether you see them is all down to you. Tailored to your location, it allows you to see what’s on when, and whereabouts, so you can plan ahead accordingly. The great thing about this is that Nearify works in the UK, unlike a lot of night life apps on app stores.
Eventbrite is similar in that it displays the local events happening in your area – for day events, and for night events, just like Nearify. However, Eventbrite offers something unique by offering people the chance to buy and sell the tickets to events directly, which makes it particularly great for business conferences, but also putting it at the top as one of the best apps for night life.
Therefore Eventbrite helps ensure that your plan is not just an idea – it’s a secure night you’re certain you’re going to enjoy.
Skiddle is focused specifically on the buying and selling of tickets to go to events, such as gigs, bars, clubs and other events.
Offering access to free as well as paid events, Skiddle links the seller up with the buyer, focusing on the artists. Users therefore go in for an even more tailored, specific experience, knowing already the sorts of events they’d like to attend. Of course, if you don’t exactly know, then there are plenty of ways to browse and find an event that sounds great.
Getting onto the specifics of a night out – have you ever heard a song that you think you know but you just can’t remember for the life of you? Or have you ever heard a song that sounds great but you know you’ll never be able to find it after it’s finished?
You’re not alone. There are millions of people all over the world like us, living in an almost perpetual state of frustration, a battle of wits raging every time they hear something vaguely familiar or likeable. To put us out of our collective misery, Shazam has come forth and offered a solution: let the app listen to the song, and the app will identify the song.
There’s a reason why Shazam is so popular nowadays. And, truly, the scenario may hit whenever it so pleases – even and especially when you’re on a night out and everyone else you’re with is too preoccupied having a good time to help you.
Had plans that didn’t fell through tonight? Or did you expect to be going home with someone to discover that that’s not the case anymore?
If you genuinely don’t have anywhere to rest your hangover-pounding head, then don’t fret. You’re not a lost cause. Couchsurfing is a popular app that connects temporary visitors with the couches their heads need. People advertise a spare bed or couch and someone can link up with them to sleep at the advertiser’s place for a night. An act of compassion for those in need, it wouldn’t be possible without the technology behind it. Even if you don’t need it that night, it’s always good to know in case.