New shoes? Check. New outfit? Double check. Cash and credit cards? Triple check.
I guess you’re ready to hit the clubs. Well, not quite. There’s something that you absolutely must have in your arsenal before you head out: a smartphone laden with the greatest, most vital apps for anyone about to paint the town red.
Here are some of the best free apps for Android and iOS that will make your night out an incredible one.
A curious thing happens in most English cities at 4am.
Clubs start turning on their lights, causing their worse-for-wear patrons to shuffle out onto the street, looking for a way home. Public transportation isn’t running, and most taxi companies have a 40 minute wait.
But you need to get home! Who do you turn to? Uber, that’s who. This smartphone-powered public transportation competitor allows you to get a ride home without having to call an operator or even mess around with cash.
The downside? Uber can be expensive, especially when many people are using the service simultaneously, as something called “surge pricing” is implemented. This can send the cost of getting home soaring by as much as nine times.
It’s also only available in a handful of cities; if you live outside of a major metropolis, you may not even have access to it.
So, you’ve missed the last train home. It’s too late to book a room with AirBnB (which is a fantastic service if you plan ahead), and you need somewhere to crash that won’t break your budget.
Your only real option is to check into a hotel. Fun fact about hotels: they only make money when people check into their rooms. If nobody is staying, the hotel gets nothing.
With that in mind, meet Hotel Tonight. This smartphone-only travel store finds unsold hotel rooms and rents them out at steep discounts. While you have to check-in on the day of purchase, the rooms themselves are quite affordable, with discounts often being more than 50%. This is ideal for last-minute travel.
Ever hear a great song in a bar and wonder who the artist is?
It’s annoying. Indeed, as someone who doesn’t really listen to much radio, I tend to do a significant chunk of my music discovery in bars and clubs. Thankfully, Shazam makes it easy to identify the artist and title of a song at the push of a button. All you need is a data connection, and it even works well in the ambient noise you can expect in a packed-out club or bar.
Launched in 2007, FourSquare has made it easy for people to check in to locations and share with the world where they’ve been.
I know a lot of people who depend on FourSquare on nights out because, let’s face it, we’ve all gotten separated from friends on a night out. FourSquare makes it easy to get reunited. It also boasts thousands of venue reviews, making it easy to find the coolest, most interesting bars, clubs, and restaurants.
It’s late and you finally got to the hotel, but you can’t sleep. All that drinking and dancing has given you an almighty hunger for some pizza. But you can’t be bothered heading outside again. So, who do you turn to? Just Eat, of course.
This UK-based company has made it easy for customers in Europe, India, Canada, Argentina, and Brazil to order food from local takeaways, using either their website or their app. Just tell them where you are and what you’re hungry for, and they’ll pinpoint the nearest takeaways to you. Plus, it doesn’t cost any extra to book online!
What Do You Think?
I’ve just gone through some amazing apps that are guaranteed to help your night go smoothly — from getting around, to getting home, to getting fed. Did I miss anything? Tell me about it and drop me a comment below. I’d love to hear about what you use when you hit the town.
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