IT APPENED ONE NIGHT
Add some tech to your boozing with these new nightlife apps.
Clink Goes the Drink
Find it hard to go out to bars and meet people? Not any longer. Designed and built in Hong Kong, social network app Clink is all about matching groups of people together. You can make your own group of friends, swipe left or right on the other groups you’re interested in, and chat virtually before deciding on where to hang out in real life. You get to skip all the awkward small talk, and just get to the drinking… and maybe even the romance. Free on iTunes. Clinknow.co
Subscription-based drinking app Hooch has just launched in Hong Kong—its first international expansion outside of the US. The app pairs with the city’s best bars—including Honi Honi, Mr. and Mrs. Fox and Maison Eight—to offer you one free cocktail, every day, starting from $88.88 per month. Given that an average cocktail in Hong Kong costs at least $100, it sounds like a pretty good deal to us. And if you’re traveling stateside, you’re covered too—Hong Kong users will be able to get their cocktail fix in any applicable bars in the US. Available on iTunes and Google Play. hooch.co
Covering 46 bars in eight districts in Hong Kong, the Happy Owl app lists places that are perfect after-work hangouts. Subscribers get a free drink every day for a monthly fee of $199. From the fusion Gin and Tea Tonic at Bitters and Sweets to the Cé La Vi daiquiri, there’s plenty to try, one day at a time. Through Aug 31, successful friend referrals also give you a month free, while new referrals just pay $99/ month. Available on iTunes and Google Play. Gohappyowl.com
Wining and Beaching
You’re at the beach on a hot summer’s afternoon, and everything is perfect— except that you don’t have a crisp Chardonnay in hand. BottlesXO is here to solve your woes. It’s recently expanded its wine delivery service to five beaches in town: Shek O, Big Wave Bay, Repulse Bay, South Bay and Deep Water Bay. With the app, you can order any bottle you like and it’ll be delivered straight to the sand (or any location you want, in fact), within an hour—along with corkscrews, reusable cups and a cooler. Hanging at home this weekend? BottlesXO also covers Hong Kong Island and Kowloon, delivering daily from noon to midnight with wine ranging from $95 to $1,800 per bottle—and best of all, all deliveries are free of charge. Available on iTunes and Google Play. bottlesxo.com