The Geekadelphia crew loves movies and drinking. That’s why you can find us drinking at the Troc so often. But we aren’t defined by our love of film and cheap beer. We are men and women of taste, and our discerning palates sometimes require some variety. There are many ways of finding the right bar, gastropub, or cantina, but Drink Philly is among the best.
Last week, they officially launched their snazzy new mobile site, m.drinkphilly.com. You’re immediately presented with three options: Happy Hour, Articles, and Bar Search. Whether you’re planning ahead, looking for something to read or trying to find a place to go NOW, Drink Philly’s mobile site has the hook-up. The interface is clean and simple and that’s how the best mobile-optimized sites should be.
If your phone supports geolocation, the site will ask your permission to access your current location data. As long as you’re not Paranoid McSkepticpants, this is a huge help and a great way to avoid opening new apps like Yelp and Google Places to find nearby watering holes. Click on a bar and you’ll get a summary page, including address, map position, “About” blurb, pricing, dress code, and, of course, specials. The ability to look up the daily specials at any bar in the city is a killer feature in and of itself, but the Drink Philly folks didn’t stop there.
After all, they have the 411 on what you’ll find on tap at each bar and which bottles and cans they’re stashing in the fridge. They also happen to produce a steady flow of excellent reviews, deal roundups and brewing culture on the site’s blog, also fully accessible on your mobile browser. Ah, mobile-optimized websites, shirkers of the iOS/Android/Other (you know who you are, Symbian users…) debate rejoice! The same experience, regardless of what flavor phone geek you are.
So, thirsty Geeks, Drink Philly has done all the work for you. All you need now is a designated phone watcher to make sure your drunk ass doesn’t leave that WebKit browser-rocking smartphone in a booth, on a stool, or at the bottom of an icy bowl of barroom toilet water.