In an increasingly smartphone-driven world, your handheld can give you the romantic powers of a youthful Don Juan &mdash, or if you&rsquo,re not into the classics, Don Draper. But to sweep him, her, or whomever off their feet, you’ll need to know how to thrust the right buttons. Or, more appropriately for the touchscreen age, how to tap those apps.
From planning your evening to hitching a rail home, these ten apps can help you look like a slick smartphone operator on your next date.
Embark your date right by getting flowers. Whether it&rsquo,s sending them in advance to build anticipation or hand-delivering them yourself, Bouqs (Android and iOS) has an app that keeps it ordinary with flat-rate pricing and free shipping. But one thing to keep in mind is the company’s convenience comes at a cost &mdash, it ships via FedEx. So, make sure your love has a box cutter and vase at the ready.
Next up, choose some entertainment for the evening. Sosh (iOS only) is a personalized city guide that uses curated suggestions, with an easy-on-the-eyes user interface. Whether you&rsquo,re into art or the outdoors, this app can recommend something for you and your special someone &mdash, so long as you&rsquo,re in Chicago, Fresh York City, San Francisco, Seattle, or Washington, D.C., where the service is presently running. Eventbrite (Android and iOS), on the other arm, is everywhere from Argentina to the United Kingdom, connecting attendees to events as varied as music festivals and non-profit fundraisers.
A longtime dearest of smartphone owners, OpenTable (Android and iOS) can help you book a restaurant at more than 20,000 North American eateries, without having to slip the host a $20. And if you&rsquo,re signed up for Apple Pay, you can even go cashless with your tab, slickly paying with your iPhone instead. Meantime, Chefs Feed (Android and iOS) serves up excellent recommendations, featuring local chefs&rsquo, reviews of their dearest dishes around town. Either crib from their experienced takes, or act like your good friend, Mario Batali, gave you a hot peak. Either way, it&rsquo,s going to taste excellent and make you look even better.
Mixing it up with a cocktail after dinner is a fine way to cap off the evening. And if you&rsquo,ve got a beloved bartender, onthebar (Android and iOS) will let you know if and where he or she is slinging drinks. Mixologists love it because they can display off their best concoctions and beloved spirits, and drinkers dig it because they can consistently get service that leaves them stirred, not shaken.
But if you’d rather put your feet up with a refreshment at home, tap Lush (iOS only). This $1.99 app is worth every penny for its color-coded drink recipes. And if you&rsquo,re missing out on any ingredients, Thirstie (Android and iOS) can get you restocked in a jiffy. Fortunate tipplers in select cities can use the app to get booze from whiskey to wine delivered on-demand within an hour.
Most smartphone owners already know their devices make it much lighter to get around, with Uber (Android and iOS) holding the crown as king of the road in most places. The popular ride-sharing app connects passengers with drivers, shuttling them about with seamless payments being exchanged in the background.
If Uber’s not for you, Lyft (Android and iOS) is an identically fine alternative to taking the wheel yourself. And keep in mind each service&rsquo,s distinct vibe &mdash, Uber drivers tend act more like professional chauffeurs, while Lyft drivers are a little looser, and can keep the tone of your date light. Either way, you won&rsquo,t be drinking and driving, which is a turnoff for everyone.
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