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Apps for a Great Night on the Town

Apps for a Great Night on the Town

A fine list full of apps to make your next night out on the town a great one

Make Dinner Reservations

Before you even head out for the evening, you'll need to make sure you've got a table.


What's for Dinner?



When you want to secure a reservation, go with OpenTable.

With the free OpenTable app, you can bring your pre-dining experience to your iPhone. Use the app to discover new restaurants to try and then book your reservations. Plus, earn points towards rewards every time you dine with the OpenTable app. ​

Why we love it

Featuring over 38,000 restaurant listings, OpenTable makes it easy to find a great place to eat.

Resy | Restaurant Reservations

Easy reservations with minimum hassle.

Resy | Restaurant Reservations

Reservation without hassle

For hungry folks who hate calling in reservations.

With the free Resy app, you can find new restaurants and then book your reservations. Currently offering service in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC and San Francisco, Resy has a streamlined reservation system, easy cancellation and reservation changes, and an easy way to view your restaurant credits within the app itself.

Why we love it

If you want that booth on Friday night at 8 PM, it's only two taps away.

Find a Babysitter

If you've got kids, find someone you can trust to take care of them while you're out on a kid-free night.

Komae - Babysitting Exchange

Komae - Babysitting Exchange

Komae, Inc

In Greek, Komae means Village. For parents, it means free time. We make it super simple to swap free sits and schedule playdates with your Village of trusted parent-friends.

1) Post a sit request to your Village of trusted friends.
2) Choose the most convenient offer.
3) Kids have a playdate & you enjoy free time!

Find your friends and meet new ones nearby to invite to your personal village of trust.

I sit for you. You sit for me. We don’t pay for sitters anymore. Huzzah!

The app auto-calculates and transfers Komae points as you give and receive care.

Use our calendar to coordinate playdates, mom’s night out, or group meetings.

Part of a school, club, or team? Create a group to make connecting to all the members fast!

Created by two mom-friends, we know the sitter struggle is real. With Komae, your friends become your sitters. It’s free and you know your kids are cared for by someone you trust. We’re bringing village back so you can bring date night back!

• Komae Premium (Optional In-App Purchase)
• Monthly Subscription - Charged Monthly - Gives your account the ability to view other users nearby and the ability to join multiple groups.
• Annual Subscription - Charged Annually - Gives your account the ability to view other users nearby and the ability to join multiple groups.
• Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase
• Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period
• Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal
• Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user’s Account Settings after purchase
• Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable

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Chime by Sittercity

Chime by Sittercity


Chime is the easiest way to find, book and pay prescreened sitters near you in advance or on short notice.

Our team does all the legwork for you, including reference checks with local parents and background screens. All you have to do is watch video profiles, choose your favorite sitter and connect instantly!

Chime is free to join, and you pay your sitters a flat, hourly rate by credit card. No subscription and no cash required!

Thousands of happy parents are using Chime, and the app has been featured in The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, NBC and Cool Mom Picks.

Why Chime?
• Our team conducts a thorough pre-screening of all sitters that includes identity verification, background checks and social media monitoring.
• We make it easy to connect with the sitters you like — you can watch video profiles, read parent testimonials and book your favorites instantly.
• There is no subscription required — its always free to see local sitters near you.
• Chime is cash-free — you pay a flat hourly fee by credit card at the end of each sitting.
• Chime is from Sittercity — the company that pioneered online child care and has connected millions of parents and sitters since 2001.

How does Chime work?
1. Tell us a little about your family
2. We’ll show you prescreened sitters in your neighborhood
3. Review video profiles and choose your best match
4. Book a sitting, or an interview — confirmation is instant!
5. Pay a flat, hourly charge by credit card at the end of the sitting
6. Save your favorites and rebook anytime!

Chime is available now in:
• Boston: $16/hr
• Chicago: $14/hr
• New Jersey: $15/hr
• New York City: $17/hr
• Washington, DC: $15/hr
• And more to come!

“Reliable alternative to the old-fashioned sitter next door” —New York Times

“It's as easy to find a sitter as your new Netflix show” —Chicago Tribune

“Busy parents are raving about the convenience” —ABC 7 Chicago

“With busy schedules, being able to find a sitter the day before or day of is huge” —Boston Globe

See a Movie

Want to take in the latest blockbuster or little art film? These apps will help.

Fandango - Showtimes + Tickets

Never miss your next screening when you buy ahead.

Fandango - Showtimes + Tickets

The spotlight is on

For those who prefer to buy their tickets ahead of time and be prepared.

Fandango does have some cool features not offered in other apps. You have the option of opening a Fandango account, which allows you to purchase your tickets right from your phone (if available at your theater). You can browse showtimes by movie or theater, rate movies, and even create a wish list of movies that you want to see. Fandango will then notify you when they start playing at a theater near you. Sadly there are small banner ads, even a few pop-ups, and Fandango does load slower than the essential apps.

Why we love it

It's easy to purchase your tickets ahead of time and then skip the lines at the box office. A must-have for all moviegoers.

Find Tickets for Live Music

Love the energy of live music? Here are some apps to help you find the best.

Songkick Concerts

This app helps you see your favorite bands and artists

Songkick Concerts

Track your favorite artists

For those who love going to concerts often.

If you are a frequent concert-goer, then you need Songkick Concerts. The app lets you find shows for your favorite bands and artists, and over time, the app will even give you recommendations on shows that you may like. If you can't make it to a show, no problem — you can browse the full schedule for the band and see what else is coming that is more convenient for you. Songkick Concerts also gives you the option to buy tickets directly in the app as well, even comparing ticket prices and seeing venue details, so you never miss a beat.

Why we love it

It's simple and easy to use, and lets you stay current on the shows for your favorite artists.

Bandsintown Concerts

Your town on bands

Bandsintown Concerts


For fun-seekers who love live music.

Bandsintown simplifies concert discovery by allowing you to track your favorite artists, receive alerts when they're touring near you, keep track of which shows you have RSVP’d to and share concert details with your friends. The concerts you RSVP to are then synced with your calendar, so you never miss another live show. This free app scans your music libraries in services like iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Soundcloud and Google Play and searches your artist likes on Facebook and Twitter, to learn who you are as a fan and what artists to track. Our algorithm also suggests similar sounding artists, helping you discover new bands and DJ's who are coming to your town.

Why we love it

Bandsintown Concerts helps you easily find local concerts for the music you love.

Find Drinks

Get your drink on with these great apps for local bars and nightlife.

SceneCheck · Best Local Events

Find the best bars and specials near you.

SceneCheck · Best Local Events

SceneCheck · Best Local Events

Why not find bars that have specials? No need to pay full price for drinks if possible, right? With SceneCheck, you can find open bars, free drinks, special promos, drink specials and even concert tickets for that last minute whim. Search for what you want (free drinks?) and pick a location, and you can then share it with your friends. Maybe they'll even meet up with you and buy you a free drink!

Find An Event

Not sure what to do? These apps will help you narrow down your choices from all the great local stuff going on.


Discover local events and fun things to do near you.



For anyone who wants to find fun stuff to do in their own city or in a new place.

You can use Eventbrite to find popular local events, get event recommendations just for you, and see which events your friends are going to. The app also lets you get tickets quickly, and even access all of your Eventbrite tickets and event information from your iPhone.

Why we love it

It's great to get an invite to a party, search for local fun events, and keep all of that information -- along with tickets -- organized in one place. Eventbrite is a fantastic little app that lets you keep things together as you find fun stuff to do.

Get a Car Home

Don't drink and drive; use these apps to find a safe way home.


Forget old cabs and check out the new modernized taxi service


Find a ride near you ASAP

For responsible adults who would like to save a bit on taxi rides.

Uber allows you to be in control of your taxi ride via your iPhone and Apple Watch. When you open the app, you'll see the live location of Uber cars near you so you can request one to pick you up. After being alerted of your driver's arrival, you'll be able to jump into the Uber and get a ride to wherever you're going. Once you get there, you pay the driver securely from your iPhone. Usually, this is cheaper and more convenient than a traditional taxi. However, it is important to consider that Uber is not supported in all cities, and in many cities where it is supported, concerns have arisen due to lack of regulation. Uber vehicles don't have the same safety features as traditional cabs, and the company is constantly feuding with municipalities over the lack of regulation and establishment as a legitimate taxi company. Keeping that in mind, as long as you're a responsible adult who has a few friends to tag along with you, Uber can be a more fun, convenient, and cost-effective option for travel. Plus, it's not like a regular cab is 100 percent safe, either.

Why we love it

With the latest update rolling out to Uber users, you'll have access to even more power over your travels. Instead of having to edit your destination when you need to make multiple stops, you can set several destinations when you request your ride. On the destination screen, just tap the plus sign next to the empty field. This adds more options for stops, but you have to do it in that order. Otherwise, you'll go to the fare summary screen and have to tap back to do the multiple destination option. Uber reminds you to keep stops limited to three minutes or less, or your fare changes. Recently, the ride sharing company began charging a waiting fee if you didn't come out to your Uber right away, so the fee will probably be along those same lines. The fee is $0.35 per minute in New York City, and varies by location. As of right now, Uber limits you to three stops on your trip. That's enough to make a quick jaunt to two stores or other locations before heading back home.


This app will always be there when you need a lift


See your ride history

For those who want to use a modern taxi alternative but don't like Uber.

Lyft is another alternative to traditional cabs and taxis, but it is also an alternative to Uber. Lyft lets users request a ride from wherever they are in the city, and you get information about the driver who is coming to pick you up as well as the car that they are driving, so you won't be able to miss them. The app lets you see if there are even any Lyft drivers available in the area, there are different types of Lyft rides that you can get. Fares in Lyft are typically even cheaper than Uber, and you can even tip the drivers after the ride if they provided good service, which is another thing that sets it apart from Uber (no tips). Lyft is a cheaper and friendlier alternative to both taxis and Uber, so if you want a lift around the city, make sure to use Lyft.

Why we love it

Lyft has a slick app interface and it is super easy to use. Plus the company itself is friendlier than Uber and the fares are cheaper. Plus, you can tip the drivers if they provide good service, which is always nice.