1 | Best For The Disorganised: Y Plan
We've all been there. You attempt a spontaneous night on the razz, and, before you know it, you're being denied entry to a tragic dive bar, wistfully lamenting the just -missed last tube home. Y Plan wants to stop all that malarkey – it offers you a scroll-through curated selection of gigs, club nights and pop-ups in London. You pay on your mobile, and show your ticket on your screen. They’ve can even get you into sold-out events sometimes – snazzy.
2 | Best For Getting Home: Uber
Desperately trying to hail a cab at 3am is never fun. Uber uses GPS to get your location, lets you book a taxi, track where it is, and you get a text when it arrives. It'll tell you how much your ride costs and even lets you split the fare with a friend electronically, meaning you never need to get slapped with the full whack ever again. Available in Manchester and London only at the minute.
3 | Best for the impatient: Bar Pass
There's not much worse than arriving at a bar and finding yourself stuck at the back of a collosal queue for drinks. Your nice, boozed-up haze is obliterated, and you return to your table half an hour later with an armful of half-spilled beverages. Bar Pass lets you skip the whole sorry process – you order your drinks, pay on your mobile and you'll be notified when they're ready.
4 | Best For Nights In The Capital: Time Out
Tourist or native, navigating the sprawling mass of all that's on in London is tricky. Use the 'hot bars' section of this app, you can swipe through photos of venues, read Time Out's opinion and user reviews on the place. The details tab gives you the venue's address and nearest tube station, admission prices and opening hours, for an easy estimate of when you'll get there and how much it'll cost you.
5 | Best If You're Out Late: Bar Chick
Don't let the name put you off – this is in no way an app that's just for girls. Select whether you're with mates, a date or a client, and discover which bars are open late late. You can get information on what deals are going on to save a few quid, and it's available in all of the UK's biggest cities, as well as places like Ibiza, Florence and Amsterdam if you're abroad.