Ok, this one is pretty standard as its probably the case that everyone reading this article owns a smartphone and has been taking it out with them for years already – but let’s talk about some of the different features and apps that make it ideal for toting along to a night out.
First, you have the camera, and pretty much everyone is going to know the bonuses of having this in a club – lets you capture moments, memories, and more that might otherwise be forgotten come the morning due to alcohol-related events having taken place.
It might be worth learning the best way to shoot pictures and video on your camera properly, just so that when the time comes to actually use your camera on a night out you don’t lose the picture due to blurry shots, wobbly footage or missing out on the perfect picture because you didn’t know how to best utilize your phones different camera modes.
And obviously, once the photo is taken you are going to want to share it with your friends and family via all the different social media apps out there – but answer me this. Have you ever been out with your friends, drinking, having a good time, posted something online or sent a message to the one person that you shouldn’t have sent a message to, and then immediately regretted it the next day?
I know that a lot of people reading this, and a good percentage of the person writing it has (though they would never fully admit it), so consider downloading an app that restricts your use of your phone until a pre-decided time. Something like Offtime, or Moment could help save you from posting embarrassing pictures, sending regrettable messages, or even just wasting your time staring at your phone when you should be living in the moment. These apps will still let you access whichever other apps you deem necessary – google maps, your phone, your camera, Uber, and so on, but they can save you from yourself whilst you are on a night on the town!
Speaking of Google Maps, you can only really use this staple of directions if you know where you are going, and if you are new to a college town or city and want to know where the best nightlife (or day life, whatever you enjoy) is to be had, then you are going to need some help finding it. Enter Foursquare.
Foursquare is a free app for iOS and Android that really does work as one of the best apps for a night out. Basically, a global community uses the app to rate and review different locations in your area, so you can find exactly what you need before you even leave your dorm. Couple that with Bar Chick, an app that gives you recommendations on where to go in your local area based on your criteria input, and you are never going to be short of ideas on where to go for your night out thanks to these apps.
Then, you have to consider that like most College students out there, you might not have that much funding to bankroll your nights out on the town. So, you might want to download yourself an app like Price Per Pint – it’s a great app that shows you all of the bars around you, and the prices of your favorite beers inside them. You can check out what’s available and plan your night on a budget if that’s what you want to do.
Alternatively, you could look into the likes of Happy Hour Finder – this is an app that maps out all of the different happy hours in bars around your areas, the offers you can expect, and when you can expect to find them. Combine it with the Price Per Pint app, and you are well on your way to enjoying a night out at a much lower cost than an unplanned one.