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Get the luck o’ the Irish with these St. Patrick’s Day Android apps

by Kristen Nicole

St. Patrick’s Day has become a diverse affair, with more people claiming the color green than ever before. Celebrating a holiday steeped in tradition, the modern St. Patrick’s Day observer is ready to drink the best brews with the best company. There’s several Android apps designed to help you along the way, from pub crawls to learning Irish slang.

Untappd (Free)

Looking for the best brews to enjoy on St. Patrick’s Day? Untapped has a massive catalog of beer recommendations, where you can search, track and rate what you’ve tried. Untappd is a social app as well, so you can share your beers and see what your friends are drinking too. With some gamification intertwined, Untappd also encourages you to earn badges for trying different brews and commenting on posted beers. You can upload photos of your beer, see what nearby trends are bubbling up, and even check-in to Foursquare by geo-tagging your current pub.

Beer Crawler (Free)

What’s more fun than a pub crawl with friends? Make St. Patty’s Day a memorable one with Beer Crawler, which tracks your drinking consumption and helps your group stay on task. Unlike other pub crawl management apps, Beer Crawler lets you create the crawl directly in the app, posting it publicly for others to join or try on their own. Set up the drinks you’d like fellow crawlers to try, mark the pubs on a map and leave comments about your drinks, the food and the experience overall. Beer Crawler will chart your levels so you can see how your drunkenness compares to the rest of the group, and even post your progress on Facebook.

Irish Slang (Free)

Want to really feel Irish on St. Patrick’s Day? Get the Irish Slang app for Android and learn a few key words and phrases to get you through the night. You can search for terms, browse the dictionary and study up before you hit the streets. It’s an amusing app that’s always growing with contributions from the global community.

Dublin Travel Guide by Triposo (Free)

Headed to Ireland this holiday? Find the best of restaurants, pubs and other attractions with Triposo’s Dublin Travel Guide. The free Android app features Ireland’s capital, with background information about the many places to visit in the city. If you’re ready to drink, check the nightlife tab for a list of local pubs, which can be viewed on a map as well. You can sort search results by popularity and proximity, adding the worthwhile locations to your favorites collection. The app also comes with mini guides for different travel goals, and supports offline maps.

Wee Irish Drinking Buddy (Free)

Make a game of St. Patty’s Day with the Wee Irish Drinking Buddy app. It’s a game where you earn points for drinking pints, and comes complete with drinking songs. There’s a new tune for each pint raised, along with awarded points. You can create a pub crawl on the fly by looking up the next nearest pub, along with directions on how to get there. If you find yourself a little wobbly by the end of the night, simply look at the bottom of the app screen and get your current location (address included) and the number to call a cab.

GroupMe (Free)

Out partying all night? GroupMe can help you keep tabs on everyone in the group, so you leave with the same number of people who showed up. Integrated with your device’s SMS, GroupMe acts like a private Twitter for group and private messages alike. You can add your location to any message sent, and view all group members on a map. Just don’t get so blurry-eyed you can’t read text messages on your phone...

cab4me Taxi Finder (Free)

Ready to call it a night? Be responsible and take a cab home, even if that means taking a cab back to the bar to get your car in the morning. cab4me will find a local cab company no matter where you are, helping you get home safely. See the nearest cab companies on a map or list view, and see company details like how many cars they have available, their accepted payment methods and other services (like handicap accessibility, for example). You can rate the cab company and see how others have rated it as well. Save the ones you like to your favorites for the next time you’re out drinking.