If you have an appetite for apps, you might be interested to know about a handful that are Vegas-specific. Although our fine city doesn’t quite have the ocean of app options you’ll find for, say, New York City or Los Angeles, we still have a few worth mentioning.
As far as cherry-picking the best restaurants, shows and hotels for your needs, Vegas Mate ($1.99, iPhone and iPad) is still one of the most comprehensive, reliable apps out there. If you’re looking for some fun, useful Las Vegas apps beyond that, we talked to two local techies to find out which ones deserve your download. Some of them earned endorsement because they were built right here in Las Vegas by real Las Vegans.
Dan Birlew, author of more than 70 console video game guides, recommends the following.
Las Vegas by PocketGuide (Free, iPhone, iPad, Android): Take a tour of our city without taking a tour of our city. Approach a site in town, or select one from a menu, and a voice will tell you all about it. The Plaza hotel downtown, for instance, is noted as "the former site of a railroad depot. … It is low rollers’ heaven." Photos of the hotel are shown and you can find it on a provided map, too.
TheList (Free, iPhone, iPad, Android): This app was made for clubbers, which Las Vegas has plenty of. All your favorite nightclubs and lounges can be found here and so can all their promotions. If Kim Kardashian is going to make an appearance at Tao or if ladies get in free until midnight at the club next door, you can find out here. Hours, directions, prices and resident DJ videos can all be accessed through this app.
Aria (Free, iPhone, iPad, Android): Most hotels on the Strip now have apps, but Birlew finds this one the most useful. You can book reservations to restaurants or tickets to shows, but you can also easily find phone numbers for concierges, housekeeping and more. Also, users will find the GPS map system reliable for navigating CityCenter as a whole. With this app, it’s hard to get lost on a property that it’s easy to get lost on.
Rick Duggan, director of website systems at Zappos, recommends the following.
Rumgr (Free, iPhone, iPad): It’s basically an electronic garage sale in which users can post items for sale just by posting a picture of it, no description necessary. A distance feature lets potential buyers know how far or close the seller is to them. (Its creators, who are from Las Vegas, tested the app here before expanding to other areas.)
Counterless (Free, iPhone, iPad, Android): This one was built here in Las Vegas and is designed to eliminate waiting in restaurant lines. You can check out the menu, pay for your order and get notified when your food is ready, all via this convenient little app. Food trucks such as The Rusty Pickle and Fuku Burger participate, too.
All Vegas Poker (Free, iPhone, iPad, Android): Poker tournaments, poker rooms – poker, poker, poker. Reviews on players, specifics on cash games and more is all available through this one and it’s all for poker happening right here in Las Vegas. You can find which poker rooms are closest to you, what the buy-ins are for tournaments and much more.
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