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Restaurant Dining Table

Craft a Perfect Evening With These Great Apps

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.

OpenTable

What's for Dinner?

OpenTable

Reservation

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

Easy reservations with minimum hassle.

Resy

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.

Chime by Sittercity

Chime by Sittercity

Sittercity

Chime is the easiest way to find, book and pay prescreened sitters near you. Our team does the legwork, from reference checks with local parents to social media and background screens. All you have to do is watch video profiles and message your favorite sitters or book them instantly!

Chime is free to join. Pay your sitters a flat, hourly rate by credit card through the app - no subscription and no cash required!

How does Chime work?

Tell us a little about your family
We’ll show you prescreened sitters in your neighborhood
Review video profiles and message sitters you like
Choose your best match and instantly book a sitting!
Pay a flat, hourly rate by credit card at the end of the sitting
Save your favorites and rebook anytime!
Chime is available now in:
• Boston
• Chicago
• New Jersey
• New York City
• Washington, DC

Thousands of happy parents are using Chime, and the app has been featured in major publications across the country:

“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

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Sittr
Sittr

Sittr

SITTR PTY LTD

The most highly rated babysitter and nanny app in Australia - Sittr makes it easy for busy parents to find trusted and reliable babysitters and nannies. We personally vet every babysitter and nanny - ensuring that all carers undergo thorough background checks and first aid training. All bookings are also covered by Sittr's comprehensive, public liability insurance policy.

Featured by TODAY, News.com.au, Kidspot, The Huffington Post and SBS.

Finding a trusted, reliable babysitter or nanny has never been so easy.

1. Search for a Babysitter or Nanny or Post a Job
Tell us what you are looking for in a babysitter or nanny and when you need them and we'll match you to the top, verified carers in your area. Sittr supports one-time and recurring jobs, without any placement fees.

2. Choose a Babysitter or Nanny
Review your top matches, call or chat through the app and choose a babysitter or nanny that best meets your needs. Have peace of mind knowing all your babysitter and nanny matches are pre-screened, trusted by other parents and reliable.

3. Pay in the app
Payment is made through the app before your job starts and earnings are released to the carer's bank account when the job is completed so there is no need to stop at an ATM on the way home.

Why do thousands of families trust Sittr?

1. Insured
All our babysitters and nannies are covered by our industry leading, comprehensive public liability insurance policy built specifically for babysitters and nannies.

2. Background Checks
All our babysitters and nannies have a verified and constantly monitored Working With Children Check, a government issued background check which includes a national criminal history check and a review of workplace misconduct records.

3. First Aid
All our babysitters and nannies have verified Senior First Aid qualifications that include Asthma and Anaphylaxis management and meet national childcare standards, so rest assured that they'll know what to do in an emergency. We've even teamed up with St John First Aid to ensure carers keep their credentials up to date.

4. Real Reviews
All reviews are from other families who have booked a carer through Sittr so you have peace of mind knowing that they are true and accurate representations of each carer.

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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.

Atom - Movie Tickets & Times

Atom - Movie Tickets & Times

Atom Tickets, LLC

Atom

For those who want a movie ticket app with options for inviting friends and buying tickets separately.

With Atom – Movie Tickets and Showtimes, you can plan your entire movie night out. Find your film, purchase tickets, pre-order snacks (at select theaters), and invite friends. The app supports both Apple Pay and PayPal, so you and your pals can pay together or separately. Atom lets you skip the lines and the loans when movie night arrives.

Why we love it

Atom – Movie Tickets and Showtimes is an easy-to-use app for planning movie nights with friends.

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

Bandsintown

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 Events

Find the best bars and specials near you.

SceneCheck 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.

Eventbrite

Discover local events and fun things to do near you.

Eventbrite

Eventbrite

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.

Klook: Sightseeing & Day Trips

Klook: Sightseeing & Day Trips

Klook Travel Technology Limited

For those who want to find attractions and activities on their next trip.

Klook Activities & Attractions provides an easy way to find tickets for local attractions and exclusive deals on activities. You can browse travel guides, search and short by destination, save items to your wishlist, and find fun things to do most anywhere. For your next trip, see what there is to explore with Klook.

Why we love it

Klook lets you find the activities and attractions that interest you most.

Get a Car Home

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

Lyft

This app will always be there when you need a lift

Lyft

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.

Uber

Forget old cabs and check out the new modernized taxi service

Uber

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.