The Best Free Drinking Apps

Drinking apps are one of the most popular trends in the world of wine, beer, and spirits. Many customers are interested in trying new drinks, getting recommendations from friends, and finding complementary food and drink pairings, and drinking apps are a great way for patrons to compile must-try lists. Several of these apps also give bar, restaurant, or brewery owners the ability to claim a listing and manage their presence on the app.

The following list of the best free drinking apps (in no particular order) are all geared towards educating aficionados, helping them track what they've had and what they'd like to try, and allowing them to tell friends (and the world) what they're drinking. Learning more about what your customers are already drinking and what they want to drink in the future is a great way to increase your business's revenue and bring new patrons through your doors.

Untappd Free Drinking App

1. Untappd

Untappd is designed to allow beer lovers and their friends to explore the many different types of beer. Additionally, brewery owners can "claim" their brewery, which allows them to engage with fans, manage their beer list, and analyze consumer trends. Untappd also allows you to:

  • Explore nearby bars and craft beers while discovering what's on tap or in bottles and cans.
  • Create an account to share reviews, ratings, and photos with friends and learn what and where others are drinking.
  • Unlock achievement badges when you try new beers.

Available through Untappd.com, Google Play, and the App Store

2. Hello Vino

Hello Vino was founded to help non-connoisseurs pick the perfect bottle of wine. Whether you're looking for wine to match a particular meal, occasion, taste preference, or grape varietal, Hello Vino will always give you a recommendation for the perfect bottle of wine. Wineries or bars can also use the app to track their social media presence and learn which wines are currently popular via an extensive listing of community wine ratings. Hello Vino also allows you to:

  • Scan labels for tasting notes, ratings, and food pairings for any bottle.
  • Remember past purchases to make suggestions for similar wines.
  • Search for a particular wine in their large database.

Available through Hello Vino.com and the App Store

3. BeerMenus

BeerMenus was founded in 2008 and features over 23,000 beer menus with 107,000 beers at bars and restaurants around the country. The app and website allow you to search for up-to-date beer menus at bars and restaurants in your area, helping you find exactly which brews you're in the mood for. Each establishment's listing also includes specials, photos, and their address, phone number, and hours. BeerMenus also allows you to:

  • Enter your town, state, and zip code for beer menus of nearby participating bars and restaurants.
  • Access information on current beers on tap, in bottles, in cans, and what's coming soon.
  • Create an account to follow bars, beers, find beers near you, and read about craft beer-related events.

Available through BeerMenus.com and the App Store

Vivino Free Drinking App

4. Vivino

Vivino is the world's largest online wine community and most frequently downloaded wine-related app. Over 15 million users provide ratings and reviews for millions of wines around the globe to form the largest wine library available. As users discover and try new wines, they can see how they match up against their friends and the larger Vivino community. Additionally, the app features interactive maps that allow customers to find nearby wine merchants or bars. Vivino also allows you to:

  • Snap a picture of any wine label to instantly learn its rating, review, and average price.
  • Scan a wine bottle to learn more information about each wine and pick the perfect bottle every time.
  • Organize and track wines you have scanned and rated in the past.

Available through Vivino.com, Google Play, and the App Store

5. Cocktails Guru

Cocktails Guru is the ultimate library of cocktail recipes for drink enthusiasts and bartenders alike. The app features over 15,000 cocktail and mocktail recipes from around the world. You can browse by ingredient or drink name, explore the Bartender Academy to learn basic skills and terminology, and build your own user profile to save your favorite drinks and photos in one place. Cocktails Guru also allows you to:

  • Follow other user profiles to see their favorite drinks and add comments to their posted recipes.
  • See what cocktail recipes are currently trending to keep your bar ahead of the curve.
  • Create a shopping list and keep track of the ingredients in your bar to ensure you have what you need for your customers’ favorite recipes.

Available through CocktailsGuru.com and Google Play


If you've overheard customers talking about their favorite drinking apps, it's probably a good time for you to check them out for yourself. In addition to managing your own presence on these apps, reading customer comments and learning which drinks they enjoy can also increase your sales and bring new patrons through the door.

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Posted in: Advertising & Marketing | Bars & Breweries | By Janine Jones
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