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The Best Apps for Enjoying the Best Night Out

Find the best events and nightspots, order food, drinks, and cab rides, and stay safe with these best apps for a great night out.

Although sometimes you go out with some friends and have an awesome time, the truth is that the best nights out don't just happen. They're planned. A great night out is different for everyone, but with the right apps, you can have the perfect date night, night out drinking with friends, or clubbing night. And in these times of coronavirus when it’s hard to predict which establishments are open, closed, or even out of business, these apps can serve as great resources for staying safe and informed. 

Here are all the apps you need to arrange the best night out—with just your phone.

Best Apps to Know What’s Going On

Even when you’re a local, you don’t always find out about great events in your area until it’s too late. Apps that tell you about the best events and help you get there are the first step to a great night out. 

1. BandsInTown

We love BandsInTown, which is free for iOS and Android. It scans your music playlists on your phone, apps like Spotify, and even which bands you’re discussing on Facebook and Twitter to learn what you like, then it’ll let you know when your favorite artists and bands are playing nearby. You can set up notifications for particular acts, establish how far you’ll travel for gigs, and browse detailed event listings too. Once you know exactly where you want to go, you can book tickets and invite friends to join you from within the app.

2. Gravy

Gravy is a bit broader than BandsInTown. It shows all types of events and hotspots, based on your interests and location, and—this is the really clever part—according to your mood. You can choose from a range of mood types, such as Lively, Classy, or Brainy, or just put in Whatever to get a random selection.

3. BarChick

Another great option is BarChick. This global guide to bars, pubs, lounges, and hot spots is great for everyone who enjoys a good libation. Whether you’re looking for drinks in your area or are traveling abroad, whether you’re into the newest mixology creations, hip clubs, low-key beer spots, or hidden gems, BarChick offers in-depth suggestions and reviews from a team of writers who understand the importance of finding a good place to whet your lips. 

Best Apps to Know Where to Go

Whether you’re a local or you’re just visiting a city, it’s handy to have something tell you the best bars, restaurants, and nightclubs around. 

4. TimeOut/Yplan

TimeOut, which recently incorporated Yplan, does that perfectly for both date nights and nights out with friends. Through the TimeOut app, Yplan shows a curated list of the best bars, gigs, pop-ups, and club nights in your chosen city, gives you details about the address and how to get there, prices, and even lets you pay in-app. You can just show your ticket on your phone. Sometimes Yplan can even get you tickets for sold-out events. The app’s free for both Android and iOS, but Yplan only covers some major cities like London, New York, Dublin, and San Francisco.

5. FourSquare

If you’re not sure where to go for a meal, a date, or a