Long time readers know — I love me some nightlife. I think going out and experiencing the bars, clubs, and cocktails of a new destination can be an integral part of the travel experience. So when the team over at Drinkadvisor, the world’s number one free nightlife app, asked me to take it for a spin on a night out in Athens, Greece? I bravely responded that I would accept. For science. And the blog. Ah, the things I do for this blog.
Serious research at Six D.O.G.S Bar in Athens
Drinkadvisor has nightlife listings for over 200 cities. From our rental apartment in the heart of Athens, I scrolled through over a dozen options available to us on a randomly chosen Tuesday night, arranged by proximity to where we were sitting. Tapping the names that caught my eye, I could read through a thorough listing including a brief review, a few photos, a map and address, and a user-reviewed rating.
From our various options we ended up heading to two — Six D.O.G.S, an underground garden that we literally would have walked right by had we not known it existed, and A for Athens, a beautiful rooftop lounge overlooking the Acropolis all lit up in the beautiful night. Both were fabulous finds that we never would have stumbled upon ourselves, nor found in my out-of-date guidebook.
Another feature that could come in handy are the cocktail listings. If you’ve ever been embarrassed to ask the bartender at a swank spot what the heck is exactly in a Pimm’s Cup anyway, a few discreet taps will tell you you’re about to get your gin on. Other features include up-to-date nightlife news under the Review section, and facts and information about your favorite types of liquors under the Drinks section.
A handy feature for international travelers who might not have data in their phones is that you can store information for offline use under Favourites. One thing that could make this feature even handier? Integrating the favorites section with the smartphone’s offline map capabilities, so you could see how close you are to your bar of choice even away from wifi.
Drinkadvisor has a sleek and modern interface and intuitive navigation. It’s clear they invested some cash in a great designer — and that makes it easy to trust them when they label a bar as stylish! It’s the little things in life that make me smile, and Drinkadvisor has what might just be my favorite app logo of all time.
Drinkadvisor is totally free — if only my bar tabs were so cheap!
Room for Improvement
We ran into one major snafu on our night of research. Because we were traveling internationally and don’t have data on our phones, my research assistant Heather and I took screenshots of the map pages of the various bars we wanted to visit. Due to a bug that I reported to the developers and that they are currently in the process of fixing, three different bars we tried to visit were not labeled correctly on the maps, which sent us on a serious scavenger hunt.
When we were back at wifi we realized that the addresses of those bars were listed correctly — unfortunately they were just misplaced on the map, and that’s what we were trying to navigate from. So while I feel confident the developers will fix the bug (and they assured me this was the first time they’d heard of it), if you are barhopping without internet, you might want to navigate from the addresses and not the maps just to be sure.
Drinkadvisor is the perfect app for traveling partiers who want to experience the nightlife in a new city but don’t have any pulse on what’s available nearby. And even in your own city or one you are a regular around, it’s nice to be nudged to try something new. While the bug we encountered was a bummer I still love the concept of this app and will absolutely be checking out what kind of new watering holes are around in my future travels.
I mean, how could I not love an app that brought me to a cocktail bar with views like these? Cheers, Drinkadvisor!
Sipping with front row seats to the Parthenon at A is for Athens bar
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Download Drinkadvisor on your Android and on your iPhone. I was compensated for my time in reviewing this app.
as a fellow nightlife luvah, i am intrigued! think i might grab this for my upcoming spain (mis)adventures…
Definitely do and let us know how it goes!
Downloading now…. 🙂
Happy bar hopping, Krystle!
I’m a first time reader, and it says a little something about me that the first post I’d read would be about a drinking app. Erm, yes… *sheepish grin* Thanks for the review! I’m downloading it now!
Bottoms up, Katrina! And welcome to Wanderland 🙂 Hope to see more of you around here!
Definitely going to download this!
Let us know how it goes, Ashley!
OMG I’m downloading this right now!! Hope they work out those bugs. No more wondering around which bar to go to for your favourite cocktail!
Hope it brings you many fun nights out, Michelle! Have a drink for me 🙂
Wow. That a very useful app, and wonderfully designed! I’ve now just downloaded it myself. I’m not really a drinker, myself, but occasionally meet up with friends at a pub. It’s nice to be able to have a resource like this. I love the rating system, too. I’m going to try it, during my two week stay in Melbourne, at the end of next week. 🙂
Nice! Hope it helps you discover great spots like I found in Athens 🙂
I just moved to a new city so this app is great for me 🙂
I can’t wait to check it out in New York… I feel like it will a great resource to be a tourist in my home state! Good luck with the move!
Cool app! Thanks for the link and review. I downloaded it to use on my upcoming vacation… though I might try it out around home, first!
Enjoy, Erika! Be sure to share if you find anywhere fantastic 🙂
Great article thanks, Alex!! I’m in Lima right now and have downloaded it for tonight!
Lima is a fun city to go out in! Hope you had a great time 🙂
I hadn’t even heard of it but sounds like a great app. Will definitely utilise it 🙂
Here’s to many wonderful nights out, Katie! 🙂
True story, anytime I ask Scott how he knows something (or request backup for a “fact” he’s relayed to me), he says quite simply: “Science.” That’s what your statement reminded me of 😉
Ha! I do the same. I also ask people to “cite their source” fairly often, yet if anyone asks me in return my response is typically, “being an alive human.” Tell Scott we have the same sense of humor 🙂
What an interesting app! There have been a lot of times where I would have liked to know what was in certain drinks.
You’re right about the design, very sleek interface.
Great review, Alex!
Thanks Alyssa! I love all these apps I’ve been getting to test out lately. It really appeals to my inner iPhone addict!
This is great! Would also be awesome if the app listed happy hours 😉
That’s an awesome suggestion — I’ll make sure they see it 🙂
downloaded ! and sharing with some more friends.
Glad to hear it — enjoy!
Definitely need this! What a swank app… *joins other new downloaders*
See you all on a bar crawl somewhere 🙂
This looks awesome! Can think of a few times in the last 10 years this would have come in handy! Downloading now… 😉
Let us know how it goes, Amanda… and cheers!
Alex, you have just introduced me to the miraculous world of nightlife apps that I did not know existed. Thank you very much. On a side note, I would like to mention that I found a second app SeekMII. They claim to cover the entire U.S. It makes me wonder how many of the 200 Drinkadvisor cities are in the U.S.? I do not fly to Europe very often. 😉
Hm, I’m not sure! You can search by city so it’s easy to see whether or not it is listed on there. I do believe it is a US based app though, so the majority will probably be stateside 🙂
Always good to discover new bars you may not have known about. I need to use this app on a trip into beer heaven in Belgium. Agree with the comment above about possible happy hours! 🙂
Ah, I just came from Belgium — if only I’d reviewed this app while I was there!
Congratulations on your blog! I was wondering if I could use your picture of A for Athens for my blog woman2womenblog.com in this article https://wp.me/p508D7-tD
Of course your photo has been credited it.
If you don’t agree, please let me know and I remove it right away…
Thanks a lot in advance!
You are welcome to use the photo if you credit me immediately under it (I see currently credits are at the bottom of the post.) If you prefer to stick to your current credit style no problem but please do remove my photo. Thanks!