The futuristic magic of technology is about to make your drinking experience a whole lot more convenient
Everyone's done it: started a bar tab, had a nice time and then woken up with a plastic number in place of a credit card. We've done it twice – this week. So we're throwing our hands in the air for Clipp: a brand new app that lets you start and settle a tab entirely using your phone. Here's how it works: create a profile, find a participating venue (there's GPS for that) open a tab and order some beers. You're linked into the bar's computer, so instead of handing over your card or license, you show the bartender your automatically generated tab number. When you’re done, hit a button, nominate a tip amount and walk/stagger away without having to line up to retrieve your card. It's wins all round: the bar has your photo and you have a live feed of your order so there's no tomfoolery, and you'll also get tax receipt. So far, Greg and Tim Taylor’s system is only available at a handful of venues (they're some of our favourites though, including the Beaufort Bar, Bar Ampere, the Rum Diary Bar), but they're rapidly gaining ground. The future is now.
This little guy offers beer fans the chance to log every one of the millions of microbrews they’ve sampled, and share tasting notes, emotions and a rating out of five via social media. If you’re a keen taster with a bad memory, it eliminates the need to write down notes on coasters or your arms.
Here you’ll find all of the food and drink specials, rounded up and listed so that you need never pay full price again. That’s for schmucks. The app uses GPS and will tell you where the closest happiest hour is taking place.
The liquor store giant’s app is actually really handy. Take a picture of the label of whatever you’re drinking be it a bottle of wine, Chartreuse or even a beer on the line (so long as the tap has a proper badge), and it will search the system to tell you whether they have it in stock and how much it is.
If drinking gives you both delusions of grandeur and a propensity for losing your possessions, Uber is for you. Create a profile, click a button and a sleek black private car shall be summoned – you can track its progress and prior to arrival, you’ll be sent a picture of your driver and vice-versa. It’s linked to your card, so you don’t have to worry about having money on you, and if you leave anything behind, you have the driver’s full profile. It’s more expensive than a taxi, but not crazily so. From the centre of the CBD to Northcote is $29.
Considering you could buy yourself a bottle and a half of James Squire One Fifty Lashes Pale Ale at the bottle shop for the price of the app, it’s a big investment to make, but if you decide to take the plunge you’ll find a wealth of information awaits. You might like to wait until another update is released (it could really benefit from some images of the beers), but even as it stands the app lists over 500 Aussie beers and 220 specialist beer venues, including boutique breweries. That’s a lot of on-the-go drinkspiration.
This app has a high price point but more bang for your buck. Not only can you use the barcode scanner to scan your case/beer to find out information about the beer (including user reviews), you can also use the search function to find a good pint based on best reviews, seasonal favourites and the top beer in each country. It’s a traveller’s best friend, using location services to recommend bars, breweries or beers, and it might one day help you achieve that long-held dream of drinking the best beer in every country you travel to. Your ‘beer-it list’, if you will.
And of course where would any drinker be without the definitive guide to Melbourne's best bars? The Time Out Melbourne app doesn't just tell you what's nearby (you can usually see that for yourself), it gives you starred reviews, written by experts so you know what's around that is good.