New app advises on cities’ best bars and clubs

drinkadvisor phoneA new app for smartphones and tablets is being launched by the team behind the Drink Advisor website, helping people to find the best bar near to where they are.

Like the website, the Drink Advisor app covers bars and clubs in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle upon Tyne, Oxford and Sheffield.

Available for free, the new app is being launched today (November 7) for Android devices via Google Play and for iPads and iPhones through the App Store. It was created by independent developer Rilon.

Drink Advisor has a worldwide database of 3,000 of bars and clubs, reviewed and rated by users in more than 120 cities that also include Paris, New York, Cape Town, Sydney, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Miami and Moscow. It was launched online in August at

Drink Advisor is designed for local city residents and travellers and identifies the user’s location to provide detailed listings of the best nightspots nearby. It also includes a comprehensive database of drink and cocktail recipes for people drinking at home.

Users can rate and review each venue as well as check in and upload their own photos. In addition to user reviews and ratings, each venue listing contains comprehensive contact information as well as access to a live map and directions.

Drink Advisor lets users link to multiple social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus to share their tips as well as invite their friends out for drinks at specific venues.

OUR VERDICT: Creating an up-to-date app of the best bars in cities around the world is an ambitious project. A cursory glance at the bars listed for London reveals many omissions and, more importantly, inclusion of bars and clubs that are long closed. For instance, bar and club 3 Cromwell, which opened in South Kensington in April this year, isn’t included but the two previous occupants of the same building, Dorsia and Firehouse, are listed – even though Firehouse closed about three years ago. Other oddities are the bar descriptions that appear to be written in Russian. Good luck to the team behind Drink Advisor. Let’s hope they appreciate that maintaining an up-to-date database of bars and clubs in London, let alone across the UK, is no easy task so they will need an extensive network of people to make sure the website and app remain relevant in cities all over the world – or users will quickly abandon it.

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