Web Spy: MappyHour.com

There are over 100 million sites on the Internet. 100 million! You might think you know about all the important ones (CollegeCandy, Gmail, Google, Zappos…), but there are thousands of other sweet sites out there (like DailyLit, Voyij and ShopStyle). And more showing up every day! We get it – it’s not easy or fun sifting through the crap and porn to find those gems, so we’re gonna bring the gems to you. Just sit back, kick up those feet and allow us to introduce you to the diamonds in the internet rough.]

It’s only halfway through the semester, Spring Break can’t come soon enough and the stress of midterms is really starting to get you down.  What could make you feel better on a particularly stressful day than getting your drink on before dinnertime? Yes, I’m talking about everyone’s favorite time of day: happy hour.

I love happy hour; one reason obviously being the no cover charges and cheap drinks (something broke college students have to take as much advantage of as possible), and also because it’s an excuse to get some beer in my system before I sit down to that frozen dinner (like any of us really needed one).  But while I love my favorite go-to bars, sometimes they can get pretty old, and I’m always looking for new places to go.  And thanks to the nifty website MappyHour.com, I’ve found lots of new bars to try out.

MappyHour combines two of my favorite things: Google Maps & happy hour (in case it wasn’t obvious from the title, MappyHour= map + happy hour).  Type in a zip code or click anywhere on the map to center it and show the 50 closest happy hours in that radius (indicated by cute little beer glasses).  Click on an icon to get more information, such as links to reviews and ratings, happy hour times and specials.  The site is driven a lot by user-submitted content, so if the specials for a particular bar aren’t listed, you can contribute to making the site better by adding the info yourself!

You can also find new bars based on MappyHour’s similar-tastes meter.  If you create your own profile and rate different bars, when you do a search, the bars are listed with red (negative) or green (positive) meters next to them.  These indicate that you may or may not like a particular bar based on other people’s ratings.  So if you and Jane Doe both rate a particular bar highly, you’ll get positive taste-meter ratings for other bars she has also rated highly.  It works the opposite way too, and you can choose to avoid bars similar to ones you’ve rated negatively.

Brilliant? Brilliant!

With over 45,000 worldwide locations in MappyHour’s database and new ones being added all the time, you’re sure to find a few great places to try!

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