VIP Host Highlights Hot Spots, Gets You in the Door

Price: Free     Score: 8/10     By A. PapachristosVIP

Much of any given city’s allure comes from the exceptional nightlife spawned by the many clubs and restaurants.  And whether you’re visiting or actually living in one such metropolis, a night on the town shall certainly coax you out from behind those four walls in which you dwell.  Luckily, with VIP Host by Navifam Designs, getting off the couch is as easy said as it is done.  VIP Host helps users find local nightclubs in a plethora of major cities, quickly putting users in touch with the club’s VIP host and website and getting them in the door quicker.

VIP Host begins by asking to pinpoint your current location, which it will then display on a Google map.  The Search button in the bottom right corner of the map will then take you to a menu that allows you to pick the major city of your choice.  (You may go back to the map at any time by using the button in the upper left corner, while the button in the upper right corner allows you to send feedback and suggestions to the developer.)  Choose from any of the following cities: Atlanta, GA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charlotte, NC; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Lake Tahoe, NV; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York City; Orange County, CA; Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ; Philadelphia, PA; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Santa Barbara, CA.

Once you’ve chosen your city, hit done and you shall be taken to a list of clubs in that area.  For those who cannot find a specific venue, simply use the Suggest A Club button in the bottom right of the screen to enter the club’s information.  This information will be passed along to the developers so they may update their database.  (New venues will be posted within 48 hours of your suggestion, with venues and cities updated weekly.)

When you find a club you’re interested in, tap to read its description, address and dress code.  At the bottom of the screen, users will also find buttons that allow them to quickly and easily cal the VIP host, email the VIP host, view the club’s website, submit or read comments other users have made about the venue, and connect with popular social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.  This way, users can tell their friends exactly where they’ll be so they can possibly connect with friends who may be heading to the same club as you.

For a free service, VIP Host holds much promise, for they promise to expand their database frequently as users request.  And while no one, not even the developer, can guarantee you’ll indeed make it onto the club’s VIP list, making an attempt is much better than simply hoping to make it through the nightclub’s line and into the venue before the night is through.  Cutting corners can come in handy if it means shaving time off of a long wait.  However, users better hope VIP Host doesn’t become too popular, or their one ticket in the door may just end up leaving everyone out in the cold.

VIP Host [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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