Technology has improved nearly every aspect of our life and now, at long last, it's been applied to mankind's greatest venture: the search for cheap drinks. Village Voice Media Holdings LLC, the parent company of this paper, and gotime.com have partnered to bring you Happy Hours, the premier smart-phone application for finding drink specials wherever you are and whenever you're looking.
Your phone tells the app where you are, you specify any special happy-hour needs you might have, and voilà, you've got a detailed list of every happy hour around, including what's on offer and when that happy hour ends. The list is sorted by distance from your current location, and you can turn your phone sideways for a Google map of the nearest picks. Can't decide which one to try? Give the phone a good shake and the app will randomly select a happy hour for you.
The app covers almost 20,000 happy hours in more than 30 cities. The data come from gotime.com's extensive database, business owners and users to create the most comprehensive and up-to-date listings possible. It's like having a native guide to the best spots in town, wherever you are. And in the 14 cities with Village Voice Media alt-weeklies, recommendations from our editorial staff, with their knowledge of the city's nightlife, are integrated into the app.
Native apps are available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users, but you can still get in on the fun even if you don't have a smart phone. Just point your phone's Web browser to m.gotime.com and you can get the same info.
The Happy Hours listing is also available at happyhours.laweekly.com. And no matter what platform you use, it's all free.