Use these Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Palm apps to locate the nearest pub, play beer pong, cure a hangover, or find a whole host of merrymaking activities.
Cell phone debauchery abounds year-round (see: sexting, Android’s Porn App Store, and the Cannabis and TigerText apps). But there is no holiday quite like St. Patrick’s Day to thoroughly test out your phone’s boozy alter ego.
The iPaddyWhen iPhone app will even make sure that you never lose sight of the day: It gives you a countdown to midnight in Dublin. Let the sloppy, green-beer-induced madness begin.Games of the Intoxicating Variety
Among the green rivers, parades, and pub crawls, entertainment on March 17 isn’t generally an issue. Nonetheless, drinking apps can enhance your celebrations with games of the intoxicating variety.
Frat favorites include Beer Pong U ($1.99), Beer Pong Challenge ($0.99), and the Quarters-like Beer Bounce ($1.99) for the iPhone and Beer Pong King ($1.99) for Android . Better yet, iChug for the iPhone ($0.99) and Android (free) uses the accelerometer built into your phone to time how long you take to down your green beer. It’s as though your phone distilled the best parts of college and fit them in your pocket.
Android’s Beer-Word (free) also sounds like a recipe for mildly absurd St. Patrick’s Day fun. The app gives you a word, blocks your phone number (using *67), and then calls a random person. Without uttering the word yourself, you have to get the stranger to say the word. Standard drinking rules apply: If you fail, you drink–but if you succeed, everyone else knocks one back. The same goes for Balance the Beer (free).
And then there’s the Irish Drinking Game ($1.99). Simply shake your iPhone, receive a command, drink, and pass. Just don’t blame us when a YouTube video surfaces of you doing an Irish jig or attempting to Riverdance.
Take Me, Take Me to the Green Beer
GPS may enable crazy stalkers, but happily it also locates the nearest bar, beer garden, tavern, or pub. No need to follow any rainbows or leprechauns to the Guinness.
The iPhone’s Bar Finder: Liquor Frog Lite (free) provides a strategic “beer, bars, and alcohol” search to help you unearth your next watering hole (complete with maps and directions). For the serious lush, the paid version ($0.99) includes advanced search filtering, bookmarks, and user reviews.
Alternatively, Beer Hero ($1.99 to $2.99) is available on both the Apple and Android platforms. Its three key features are Near Beer (a microbrew guide), Meal Planner (offering beer pairings for your food), and the Pub Finder. And you better believe that St. Paddy’s Day is the perfect time to put the app’s local-brewpub database to the test.
Craft-beer enthusiasts can also use the creatively titled Find Craft Beer ($0.99) app for the iPhone (soon to come for Android) to track down a nearby brewpub or brewery from The Beer Mapping Project.
And, lest we forget, Yelp has an app for the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Palm platforms.
Somewhere, Over the Rainbow
You can find cheap drinks out there. And when you’re looking to maximize the drinking potential on an all-day spree, your wallet will certainly thank you for downloading Happy Houred (free) or Happy Hours (free). These iPhone apps feature thousands of specials, letting you search by location, day, time, and the type of bar or drink.
Perhaps you’re thinking of doing the brown-paper-bag thing (no judgment here) and you need to pay a visit to the local liquor store. Fret not. Liquor Run Mobile (free), available for both Apple and Android, is devoted to your pursuit of the closest thirst-quenching location.
You can also add a giant, red Beer Button (free) to your iPhone. It’s programmed to search for local liquor stores, so you’ll never need to use more than one finger to find alcohol again.
If you’ve made it to the bar/pub/beer garden/liquor store and you want some sage advice, relax and let your phone do the instructing.
The impressive iWhiskey ($10.99) application, available only for the iPhone, is an epic sourcebook for drink descriptions. And sorting the reviews by category will allow purists to stick to those libations of Irish origin.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, download iShots (free) or iShots–Irish edition ($0.99). Just shake your iPhone, and the app will randomly generate a shot recipe for you to mix yourself or ask the bartender to make.
Hosts of St. Patrick’s Day parties will want to acquire the Beverage Calculator ($2.99), a Windows Mobile app that determines your quantity needs based on the number of guests and the types of alcohol served. And amateur mixologists looking to make an Irish Car Bomb, a Nutty Irishman, or a Dancing Leprechaun can consult cocktail guides of all shapes and sizes.
Stumbling and Feeling Irish
So you’re wearing green, you’ve somehow acquired an Irish flag, and you’ve curiously picked up an Irish accent. For iPhone users, that may mean it’s time to take A St. Patrick’s Day Quizzle (free), try Speakin Irish ($0.99), tell iRish Jokes ($0.99), and use Dublin Slang ($0.99).
Android users also have the options to tell Irish folk stories with the help of Beside the Fire ($0.99), to learn new vocabulary in the Top 1000 Irish Word Quiz ($1.49), or to pick up some Irish Slang (free).
For the rest of the drinking apps to enhance your St. Patty’s Day check out Networkworld.com