Mixing drinks is a valuable skill at parties and, potentially, even at work. Bartenders work hard for licenses. Those licenses let them serve drinks with confidence in bars all over the world. The apps on this list won’t give you a license. However, they will give you a bunch of drink recipes. Bartender apps fall into two categories. The first are apps that show various recipes for various drinks. The second allow bartenders to write down recipes that they like for future reference. We have a little bit of both. There aren’t a ton of bartender apps on Android, though, so the list is a little smaller than usual. Let’s check out the best bartender apps for Android!
Cocktails Guru is one of the more popular cocktail apps. It has a lot of the standard features of a bartender app. That includes a massive list of drink recipes, a list of popular cocktails, and even lists of tools and various ingredients commonly found in bartending. Each recipe has comments in case something went wrong. Additionally, most of the recipes have pictures so you can see how it looks when it’s done. The ability to add recipes or fix inaccurate recipes is apparently coming in future updates. That’s what the developer says at least. In any case, This is a very good app for finding some fun alcoholic drink recipes.
My Cocktail Bar is the most popular bartender app on Google Play. The app boasts a curated list of cocktails and drinks. It also includes the ability to show you drinks for the ingredients you already own. Some of the other features include browsing by category, the ability to add your own drink recipes to the app, and regular database updates. It even describes ingredients so you understand them better. The UI is simple and easy with Material Design, but is otherwise unremarkable. Yes, this one is really good. The free version contains advertising and the pro version does not. Otherwise they should act about the same.
YouTube is a bit of an obvious choice but it’s not a bad one by any stretch. There are a slew of creators out there with a bunch of interesting and fun drink recipes. We recommend Tipsy Bartender, Steve the Bartender, and American Bartending School for some good pointers and recipes. You can also find a slew of top ten lists from various other creators if you want to know their favorite recipes. However, they’re generally click-bait and horrible so we recommend sticking to the pros. YouTube is completely free with advertising or you can pay a monthly subscription to remove ads, enable background play, and enable offline playback.
There are a variety of recipe apps for things like food, dessert, etc. Sometimes they also have a decent selection of alcoholic beverages. Some notable examples include Allrecipes Dinner Spinner (linked) and Tasty. There usually aren’t a lot, but we found an excellent sangria recipe on Allrecipes Dinner Spinner along with some good hard apple cider recipes. Tasty has some neat videos that show how the recipes are made. However, you can add your own recipes to Allrecipes Dinner Spinner. It’s a weak selection, we admit, but it does fulfill the qualifications and you can hit two birds with one stone if you also like to cook food. You can find our list of the best recipe apps toward the end of the article.
Note taking apps are another excellent resource for bartenders, drink mixers, and mixology enthusiasts alike. They don’t show you recipes, obviously. However, you can create your own database of drinks you like. Most of them have cross-platform syncing like Google Keep (linked). Most simple note taking apps work just fine for this sort of thing. Plus, if you are attending bartending school, you can keep notes about mixing, technique, etc along with your drink recipes. It’s another weak pick, but there really aren’t many great apps specifically for bartending out there. In any case, you can find our list of the best note taking apps just below the screenshot if you want more selections.
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