Technology can be your friend at every stage of a night spent drinking

Drink Local

click to enlarge BRIAN BILEK
Brian Bilek

THE PREGAME
My Cocktail Bar

Input the alcohol on your shelf (plus some ingredients in your fridge) and this jazzy little app will concoct a curated list of drinks you can make with what you own. Save favorites. Browse all recipes. Input your own questionable creations! A true step up from opening 50 internet tabs, peering through drink recipes with meaningless names and trying to figure out if you have the ingredients for a cocktail that probably tastes like trash. "What do you mean I need a can of Pringles, grenadine and a pickle to make a Horny West Virginian Bull?"

WHILE YOU'RE OUT
AlcoDroid Alcohol Tracker

Log drinks. Read BAC estimate. Avoid DUI. Total how much money you've spent on drinks if you're into using self-shame as a motivator. Feeling particularly masochistic? Record your drinking habits over time to associate a numerical value with that drinking problem you definitely don't have. A practical hint from my night out using this app: If you have some favorite weird drink along the lines of "my Uncle Tom calls this the rip-your-aunt's-pants-off-vodka-margarita-wine-bomb," do yourself a favor and add that drink as a preset while you're sober.

MAYBE WHILE YOU'RE IN THE UBER GOING HOME?
Drink Cocktail Simulator

The concept — a "cool" animation app that fills your phone screen with a simulation of a refreshing cocktail. You can then take a "drink" of your phone (and revel in the splendor of the modern age) as your phone full of liquid tilts and sloshes! Who needs real alcohol now? I have no idea what human being would be motivated to download this, but apparently 10 million people are in on a secret that I'm not understanding. A one star reviews complains "FAKE YOU CAN'T DRINK IT AND IT SAYS REAL SIM," so don't be fooled here. But another review gives us a peek into this app's true intent: "I say to my friends 'I'm really thirsty' then they are like 'do you want me to get you a drink?' then I'm like 'nah I got one right here' and then they're like '...'."

THE HANGOVER
Drink Water Aquarium

Reminds you to drink water by filling a cute virtual aquarium every time you hydrate. The peppy dancing fish mock your pounding headache, waves of nausea and looming miasma of regret. Usefulness in regards to a hangover should be obvious. ♦

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