New Year’s Eve is two days away. As if it weren’t stressful enough to look sexy, stay warm, plan a party or find a party, you also have to try and lock down a midnight kiss. While there are apps which display fireworks and uncork virtual bubbly, I think you’ll find the following apps most helpful in organizing the big night.
Save the champagne for midnight. Save the beer for the summer and the red wine for the rest of the winter. Spice up your libations by mixing a few creative cocktails for you and your friends this New Years.
Mixologist lets you search for specific drinks, browse thousands of recipes and conveniently lists what cocktails you can make with what you have in your liquor cabinet and fridge. If you’re going to be brave and attempt to venture out into the masses of party revelers, the app can also locate nearby liquor stores and bars. Download it here for the iPhone. ($.99)
If you’re an Android user, check out 10001 Cocktails. The app has enough cocktail recipes to keep Lindsay Lohan behind bars for life. The app also lets users add their own recipes, browse user ranked recipes and it’s easy to save favorites. Download it here for Android. (Free)
I hope you don’t have to use this one, but just in case it might be nice to have (if you can remember that you downloaded it). Last Call determines how loaded you are by calculating your weight and how many of what type of drinks you’ve had. It also gives you options on what to do next now that you’re super drunk such as call a taxi or find a lawyer. Thanks to TNW writer @lawrencecoburn for the suggestion. Download it here for the iPhone. (Free)
If you happen to be hosting or find yourself at a house party that needs better music, throw these apps on and let your phone DJ for you.
On Pandora’s long anticipated app, which launched this summer, you can enjoy all the stations you’ve created on the web and create new ones right from your phone. You can rate songs, and bookmark favorite artists and songs. Pandora on your phone is fully integrated with Pandora on the web, so everything you create, rate or bookmark on the phone also appears the next time you log back in. Download the app here for multiple platforms. (Free)
Dubset is re-creating DJ-defined Internet radio. It’s like Pandora but all the stations are custom-created by the world’s top DJs rather than an algorithm telling you what you should listen to. Earlier this month, they released a multi tasking feature which allows you to listen in the background, so you can still use your phone to send texts and look up drink recipes. Download it for the iPhone here. (Free)
Oh good, you’ve decided to get out of the house and join the masses at midnight. Assuming you are looking for something more inspiring than your local Lady Gaga concert, check out these great apps for alternative parties in your city.
I wrote about the new Flavorpill iPhone app here, that was released in November. The app covers the best cultural events in your city, spanning music, art, design, film, theatre, dance, parties and more. Flavorpill is available in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco (with London, Miami, Las Vegas, and Dallas coming soon). Expect off the beaten path events like loft parties, concerts in masonic temples, burlesque shows, artful aerials and all-star stripteases. Download it here for the iPhone. (Free)
The Thrillist app uses GPS technology to locate recommendations closest to you, or easily select neighborhoods to see what’s worth checking out in your city. It includes write-ups of brand-new local joints, videos spotlighting local culture, and Thrillist users’ suggestions of places to eat, drink and shop. Thrillist currently operates in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, DC. Download it here for the iPhone and here for Android. (Free)
The Midnight Kiss
You know, it’s not too far past Christmas that the old mistletoe trick has lost its charm. If you don’t have a leading lady or man on your arm, check out these apps for finding singles in your area using frighteningly fun location based technology.
MeetMoi is one of the best location based dating apps out there for singles. This year it made our list of 20 NYC Start-Ups You Need To Know About, and it’s been gaining momentum ever since. The app is a dating service that uses persistent location to “revolutionize the online dating industry.” The meetMoi NOW app runs in the background of your mobile, processing your location while pairing you up with nearby singles that match your profile preferences. Whenever two users with matching preferences are near one another, meetMoi NOW notifies them both, allowing them to begin a conversation. To encourage face-to-face meetings when people are near one another, connections made through the service expire after 60 minutes. Download it here for the iPhone and here for the Android. (Free)
Grindr is for the gays. It is the largest all male location-based mobile social networking tool and it might be the sluttiest app around, but my gay friends love it. The app lets you “trade your stats, show off a photo, instant message any guy you like. Share your location on a map and make plans to meet up right away. Or just browse the local scene.” You’re pretty much guaranteed a midnight kiss if you open up this risque piece of software. Download it here on iPhone and Blackberry. (Free)
Best of luck finding your midnight kiss and your glass of free champagne. And if it doesn’t work out, just remember, the time for new beginnings is here. Happy New Year from The Next Web!