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An App for Drinks and Apps 

Wednesday, Apr 28 2010

Technology has improved nearly every aspect of our lives. Now, at long last, it's been applied to humankind's greatest venture: the search for cheap drinks. Village Voice Media Holdings LLC, SF Weekly's parent company, and have partnered to bring you Happy Hours, the premier smartphone application for finding drink specials wherever you are and whenever you're looking

Your phone tells the app where you are, you specify any particular happy hour needs you might have, and voilà, you have a detailed list of all the happy hours around, including what's on offer and when those happy hours end. The list is sorted by distance from your current location, and you can turn your phone sideways for a Google map of the nearest venues. Can't decide which one to try? Give your phone a good shake, and the app will randomly select a happy hour for you.

Almost 20,000 happy hours in more than 30 cities are covered. The data comes from GoTime's extensive database, business owners, and users, creating the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings possible. It's like having an expert guide to the best spots in town, wherever you go. And in the 14 cities with Village Voice Media alt-weeklies, it's not like having an expert guide, it is having an expert guide: recommendations from our editorial staff, the people who live and breathe the city's nightlife, are integrated into the app.

Native apps are available for iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry users, but you can still get in on the fun even if you don't have a smartphone. Just point your phone's Web browser to to see the same info (albeit minus some of the functionality offered by the apps). And no matter what platform you use, it's all free — so you can save your money for that last half-price mojito or two-for-one beer special of the night.

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