DRINK.London for iPhone review

We speak with the bias of locals, but London is a great city. Especially if you break free from the hustle and bustle of daily life, and appreciate the finer things the city has to offer – such as its superb nightlife.

DRINK.London is a new iPhone app by Deck Of Secrets. It’s based upon a guide book called Bar Secrets, written by three industry experts: Ed Sullivan, former drinks correspondent for the Evening Standard; Robbie Bargh of the Gorgeous Group (designers of bars and restaurants); and Hannah Sharman-Cox, an associate of Diffords Guides.

The guide has a good, if somewhat small, selection. There are 75 bars listed in the app, which is a tiny selection of the thousands in London.

But it’s a quality list. Three near the Macworld office: All Star Lanes, The Champagne Bar and Crazy Bear all get a stamp of approval from the Macworld team. But there are two really great bars, Somerstown Coffee Shop and The Harrison that aren’t listed. A bit more breadth and less depth might make for a more practical guide.

The reviews are great, but there’s the odd comment that doesn’t fit. An American-style 1950s burger theme bar is described as “very London”. Still, if you’re a visitor to the town you’ll find this a superb way to find a stunning bar in the centre of London.

The app lists bars in order, or uses the location services of the iPhone to find bars nearby. Each listing has a review, photograph, contact details and opening days (but not times). Clicking a Venue button brings up a list of options, including the ability to phone the bar, email the details to a friend, add the details to your contacts or visit the website.

A second button marked Directions moves you into Maps, where you can find the bar and navigate from your current or a specific location.

OUR VERDICT

DRINK.London is a basic app, but that’s what makes it great. There’s no advertising and bars don’t pay to be included, so you have to pay £2.39, but we think it’s worth it to get a guide to really great places.

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